So what are anal glands?
Anal glands, also known as anal sacs, are small pockets located on either side of a pet's anus. These glands play a role in scent marking and communication among animals. They also help to provide lubrication to stool when defecating.
Let's break the myth of performing anal gland expressions too often on dogs!
Misconception: "Express them frequently for good measure!" NOT NECESSARILY! While regular maintenance is important, excessive expression can disrupt the natural balance of your pup's anal glands. Anal gland expressions should only be performed when necessary, such as when your furry friend displays discomfort, abnormal behavior such as scooting, or your veterinarian recommends it.
Overdoing it can lead to irritation, inflammation, and even dependency on manual expressions. It's crucial to strike a balance and let your dog's body regulate itself, unless advised otherwise by a professional.
Always consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate frequency for your individual furry companion. They will guide you on the best approach for your dog's unique needs.
Remember, responsible anal gland care involves finding the sweet spot between neglect and over- expression. Your pup's health and comfort should always be the top priority!