Your dog's anal glands are two small pouches or sacs situated at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock position around the anal opening. The
anal glands produce strong smelling runny toothpaste like secretion,
which is deposited when the pet defecates. The function is thought to be
a scent-marking device to mark out territories although in the present
day environment, they are redundant.They are, unfortunately, a common
cause of problems in our pets, particularly in dogs.
How do I know if my pet has a problem?
Bottom rubbing; Bottom Licking; Anal gland abscess,
a very painful problem characterized by a swelling to one side of the
anus - if your pet presents with this condition, he or she will need
urgent treatment at your vets; Anal Gland Tumors,
fortunately not particularly common and are seen as a swelling in the
anal gland area often without discomfort. These should be dealt with
promptly to give the best chance of a cure.