In February while out for a walk with Rory I noticed a small lump on her rear end. Upon closer inspection I decided it looked like an unfortunate spider bite so thought nothing of it. Then later that same day while giving her a bath I noticed that the small lump had swollen up at an alarming rate to the size of a golf ball! Not sure what to make of it, my guy and I rushed her to the hour emergency vet clinic. I felt so guilty, so helpless — why did this happen? Could it have been prevented?
Dog Breed Guide. Cat Breed Guide. Pet Health Conditions. Weekly pet tips - sent straight to your inbox. Subscribe to our free e-newsletter. Please enter a valid address. What on earth are anal glands, you ask?
This smelly liquid helps your dog mark its territory. Sometimes anal glands become blocked which causes irritation and pain. The most common sign of blocked anal glands is scooting your dog rubbing their bottom on the ground.
Customer Service for Subscribers. If dog anal glands get excessively full or impacted, they can become infected or even rupture. Let's look at some common dog anal gland issues, how to treat them — and what to do to stop them before they start. The function of these glands is to impart a unique scent to feces and when marking territory by rubbing against trees, rocks or carpet kidding!