Have you wanted to know why they do that and what you can do to limit it? You aren’t alone. Many owners do not know the ins and outs of anal glands. Often times, they simply know about anal glands because of that one time when their dog (or cat) left an unpleasant smelling spot on the sofa or in the house when they got excited.
What are anal glands?
Anal Glands are two glands at the 4 and 8 o’clock position around the rectum which produce a malodorous material. The anal glands are a byproduct of the days before dogs and cats were domesticated. Their undomesticated ancestors used this material as a scent marker. The anal gland material is often excreted around the feces as our pet’s defecate. Think of it as the dog’s (or cat’s) calling card. It tells other animals that “Hey, It’s me. I’ve been here recently!”
Do I need my pet’s anal gland expressed?
Some dogs and cats never need an anal gland expression during thei…