Cleaning the canal glands in dogs: why, when and how?
Everyone knows that caring for our tetrapods should be comprehensive. In need of care, eyes, ears, paws, etc. But often we forget about another important place that requires attention. This is the cleaning of the paraanal glands in a dog.
In the photo: if the dog nibbles the anus, this is one of the signs that it’s time to clean the paraanal glands
A dog’s paraanal glands are special paired sacs located on both sides of the rectum at the junction with the anus. These glands produce a special secret with a pungent odor resembling a rotten herring. With the help of secreted secret animals mark the territory, this is a kind of decoy for the opposite sex.
In the absence of pathology, the paraanal glands self-cleanse during bowel movements. But sometimes a blockage develops, the secret is not excreted on its own and there is inflammation of the paraanal glands in the dog. Causes of blockage can be irregular walks, constipation, an insufficiently active lifestyle, helminthic infestations, malnutrition, injuries of the anus.
Dog paraanal gland cleaning: when and how?
It is important to remember that if the dog cleans the glands on their own, there is no need to touch them: mechanical cleaning of the paraanal glands in the dog provokes an increase in secretion and further problems with its withdrawal.
How to determine if your pet needs help? With excessive accumulation of secretion, the animal feels discomfort, the animal can ride on the priest, lick, gnaw the area of the anus, an unpleasant odor, redness appears. In this case, you should contact your veterinarian who will clean the paraanal glands in the dog.
In the photo: cleaning the paraanal glands in a dog