|Barked: Mon Dec 14, '09 4:16am PST |
|There are two ways to express anal glands or more aptly named anal sacs. Externally or Internally
- Externally means placing some pressure with a gloved hand on the outside of the anus at aprox 4 and 8 (think of the numbers on a clock these are where the sacs are located) - usually directed the pressure from about a 1/4 inch out towards the anus helps "squeeze" the material out - make sure you are holding the tail in an upright position
- Internally requires a vet visit IMHO since it can be a little more dangerous and if done incorrectly you risk an anal sac abcess or rupture which are NO fun at all! Basically the vet or tech will place a finger inside the anus and the thumb outside and gently squeeze the sac empty
If the anal sac emits a light yellowish material that usually means it is normal. If the material is thick, pasty, gritty, gray, black or green it usually indicates an impaction.
Now if you plan on trying this at home - BE WARE - this stuff is the smelliest material you have EVER encountered - like lowtide at the beach on a hot day! - I recommend outside and wear clothing you don't particularly care about - always wear gloves and have some doggy cologne or scent eradicator near by - in a pinch hydrogen peroxide works - don't let the little one back in to rub his tushy all over your new couch either HAHA!
Normally these sacs are expressed naturally when a dog takes a BM./ However they can become occluded by a mucous plug which will make this difficult. Some people have had luck adding additional fiber to the diet to help avoid future problems.
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