Gland Expression for Your Pet: What You Should Know
Even the most devoted pet owner may find discussing or even contemplating anal gland expression to be unsettling at best and repulsive at worst. Squeamishness is perfectly normal and reasonable, but because the subject is so unpleasant, it is sometimes disregarded while being a vital component of maintaining your pet’s health. We wouldn’t want pet parents to find themselves in a situation where their pet requires emergency care because they are unfamiliar with the care their pet requires and are unaware of the warning signs to look for. Here’s what you should know about gland expression in your pet.
What exactly are anal glands?
Anal glands are little, pea- to grape-sized glands located directly within the anus of a cat or dog. The size will vary depending on whether you have a large dog, a tiny dog, or a cat.
How do anal gland issues show up?
These glands are typically expressed when your dog or cat passes feces spontaneously. The pressure created by the stool pushing up against the gland will trigger the glands to empty themselves.
What happens if they are not expressed regularly?
Many variables can affect your pet’s anal glands, and it’s typical for pets to have difficulty emptying them on their own, even when they have no other health problems. If your pet experiences constipation or diarrhea as a result of sickness, an accident, medicine, or a food change, this may indicate the presence of an anal gland that requires to be expressed.
If the fluid in your pet’s anal glands is not drained or expressed on a regular basis, it might solidify and result in an infection. With so many elements influencing your pet’s anal gland health, frequent expressions are the best approach to avoid more significant health issues.
What are the signs of a clogged anal gland?
The most evident sign of an affected or inflamed anal gland is usually one you’re already aware of: scooting. If you’ve ever seen your dog scoot across the floor, there’s a strong probability they were suffering from an anal gland problem.
Other signs may include an increase in washing or chewing on the affected area, swelling, redness, and a detectable stench emanating from your pet. In extreme cases, the anal glands expand and take on a pimple-like look, and pus may be present.
If you detect any of these signs, call your veterinarian right away, especially if there is pus, inflammation, or swelling. While an obstructed anal gland is seldom an emergency, it can cause infection and abscesses, necessitating antibiotics and, in some cases, surgery. If you notice an abscess or infection in your pet, seek medical attention right away. Never cure it on your own, and never express an infected anal gland.
How to prevent affected anal glands
If you take your dog to the groomer on a regular basis, especially little dogs who need to be cleaned and shaved frequently, those glands are often expressed as part of the grooming deal.
Many pet owners wonder how frequently they should get their cat’s or dog’s anal glands expressed. That is entirely dependent on the individual pet. Some dogs and cats require their anal glands to be expressed on a regular basis, every four to six weeks, which is why frequent grooming can be beneficial for certain species.
There you go. Never ignore the significance of gland expression in ensuring the health of your pet. At My Pet Naturally, we offer different services for your pet, and gland expression is part of what we do for pets.
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