Is your dog scooting on the carpet? On the other hand, is your pet cat constantly licking its “nether” region?

These are clears signs of problems with anal glands.

Under normal circumstances, with a hard, well-formed defecation, the anal glands of dogs and cats excrete a natural substance that helps lubricate the bowel movement. At other times the anal glands secrete a natural substance that helps mark a territory as belonging to a certain animal.

This is why animals, especially dogs, sniff each other’s butts as a form of greeting. It is like they are saying, “Yes, I smelled your presence in this general area, before I met you and now I have confirmation - here you are. You have a very nice smelling butt!”

Manual Expression of Anal Glands
Sometimes the natural expression of anal glands is blocked. There are only two small holes that allow the stuff inside the anal glands to come out naturally. It is really easy for these exit areas to become blocked, due to dirt, disease, or other things that impact these areas.

When anal glands are blocked for whatever reason, a veterinarian or a qualified pet groomer can manually express the anal glands to remove any blockage.

It Stinks
The fluid inside the anal glands is very thick and smells really bad. This is normal and natural. It is supposed to come out from regular bowel movements little-by-little and it is like an oil that lubricates the process.

When the anal glands are blocked, the fluid builds up causing discomfort. This is why dogs scoot on the carpet to try to remove the blockage and let the anal glands express themselves.

Tumor and Cancers
One thing to be aware of is, that tumors that are benign and tumors that are cancerous are the possible source of the troubles when the anal glands are blocked.

It is really easy to see a tumor. They will be on the left or right side of the anus, perhaps slightly below.

The vast majority are benign, with only about 10% being cancerous. Nevertheless, it is better to have any tumor surgically removed before they get too big, because surgery in this area is complicated when the tumors get larger.

This is good advice for all pet owners. Occasionally look at your pet’s butt. If you see any sign of tumors, you can quickly take them for veterinarian care.

If your dog or cat is paying extra attention to the anal area or scooting on the carpet, it is a sign that anal glands maybe compacted and need treatment by a professional to remove any blockage.