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Posted on 02-10-2012

OK..... so no opets_med.jpgne likes to discuss this particular subject but it is an important one. When your dog or cat's hind end has a terrible odor like wet pennies or foul fish, that could be the sign of full anal glands. All dogs and cats have these glands on each side of the anus. They express themselves with each bowel movement but sometimes that is not the case. If the stools are too soft they will not put enough pressure on the glands for them to empty. The glands will then fill up and begin to form a toothpaste consistency and cause pressure to your cat or dog. At this time you may notice excessive licking, scooting or bothering at the hind end because your pet is trying to release that pressure. If the pet is over weight or simply can not reach their hind end area you may notice licking at the sides, belly, or hind legs.

Once these behaviors are noticed it is best to have the anal glands emptied by your veterinarian. This is a smelly and messy procedure! If no signs are given by your pet and the glands continue to fill they may become too full and abscess. This is painful and leaves an open infected wound on your pet's hind end. So to avoid this, please ask your veterinarian here at Eagle Animal Hospital to check your pet's anal glands or to discuss certain foods to feed to bulk up your pet's stool. This way the anal glands will empty on their own.

Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you with any additional questions or concerns you may have. We serve Chester Springs, Exton, Downingtown, Glenmoore, and Phoenixville.

Written by Amy Poole, veterinary technician

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