This post may contain affiliate links. Read more here. Updated: April 13, Unfortunately lots of dogs have problems with their anal glands. Some anal gland impactions get so bad that they become abscessed and rupture, causing pain for the dog, and quite a nasty mess for their people as well as the costs associated with having the infection and abscess treated. So if anal glands are such a pain in the butt — both literally and figuratively — why do dogs have them and what can you do to help your dog if they suffer from regular anal gland problems?
Expressing Anal Glands: The Good, the Bad, and the Disgusting
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You know your dog marks his or her — girls do it too! Each sac contains oil and sweat glands. Just like us, dogs need fiber in their diet.
The anal glands or anal sacs are small glands near the anus in many mammals , including dogs  and cats. They are paired sacs on either side of the anus between the external and internal sphincter muscles. Sebaceous glands within the lining secrete a liquid that is used for identification of members within a species. These sacs are found in many species of carnivorans ,  including wolves ,  bears ,   sea otters  and kinkajous. The anal glands are in the wall of the anal canal.