If not promptly treated, the fluid in the anal glands can become thick, infected and painful for your pet. A buildup of fluid in the anal sacs can create pain, inflammation and itchiness; your dog is scooting in an effort to relieve the discomfort and drain the glands. Some dogs displace their rear end discomfort by shaking and scratching at their ears. Anal glands that are extremely full may be visibly swollen and warm to the touch, especially if they have become infected. If fluid buildup has been progressing for some time and leads to an abscess, you may see a rupture that looks like bleeding or anal drainage. This condition needs veterinary attention.
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The liquid is mildly pungent but doesn't smell like feces. I don't know what the glands do. The vet says many dogs experience this and they can be surgically removed very expensive but I don't think surgery is good for an animal--it's very traumatic and difficult to prevent infection. The alternative is to learn how to drain them myself but that's kinda wierd to me--I didn't get her for that purpose lol. I like cuddling with my dog but not squeezing her butt. What would you do?
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Your dog's anal glands are two grape-shaped glands located just below the anus to either side. The pheromones they secrete give canines vital information about one another, including health, age, and sex. This explains why dogs sniff each other's rears when they meet and insist on taking a whiff of every poop they pass on their morning walk.