Okay, may seem kinda gross and awkward (let's just name that right off), but let's talk about your dog's anal glands. Chances are you're aware of them without even being aware of them! How's that? Well, if you see your dog licking or biting the region around his rectum and the base of his tail; if he scoots his butt along the floor; if he seems in pain when having a bowel movement, his anal glands may be in need of attention.
The anal glands aren't actually glands -- they're sacs of a foul-smelling, slightly oily substance whose purpose no one is quite sure of. But we do know that in about 12% of dogs, impacted or infected anal sacs can be a chronic issue.
The anal glands are one of the 8 points we monitor when you bring your pup in for maintenance and care. We'll let you know how they're looking and can even empty them for you (a job you really probably don't want to do yourself). If the glands get too yucky, you'll have to head to your vet. So stay on top of it -- we'll help. That's why we call ourselves partners in your dog's health and wellness!
(If you really want all the nasty details on anal sacs, click here. Put your sandwich down first...)