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Your dog’s anal glands … a very stinky problem with an easy and cost-effective solution.

Sure, it’s not the most pleasant subject, but it’s an important part of your dog’s health. If your dog’s anal glands aren’t working right, they cause discomfort … and even infection.

First I’ll explain what anal glands are … and their job in your dog’s body. And then I’ll share some easy ways to help your dog’s anal glands naturally.

The Function of Dog Anal Glands – Both Fascinating and Gross!

You know your dog marks his (or her – girls do it too!) territory with his pee, but did you know he also marks with his poop?

First of all, let’s be clear about what the anal glands or anal sacs are. 

Technically, the anal glands aren’t glands at all. In fact, they’re sacs. Each sac contains oil and sweat glands. They have small receptacles of foul-smelling liquid …  a lot like skunks! 

Your dog has two anal glands, near the anal opening, at 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock. The glands can empty when your dog poops, or when he’s stressed.

Dog Anal Glands Diagram

When the glands express, they can create a very sudden, unpleasant change in your dog’s odor.

So when dogs sniff each other’s butts, it’s like checking a human passport! Sniffing another dog’s rear tells your dog a lot about that other dog. 

But there are times when things can go wrong with the anal glands.