The anal glands are two small sacs that sit just inside your dog’s anus (bottom). They contain a strong-smelling liquid that’s emptied onto their stool when they go to the toilet. This smelly liquid helps your dog mark its territory.
Sometimes anal glands become blocked which causes irritation and pain. The most common sign of blocked anal glands is scooting (your dog rubbing their bottom on the ground).
Contact your vet if you think your dog has an anal gland problem. Blocked anal glands can usually be cured by careful emptying. Blocked anal glands left untreated can lead to infections and abscesses. If your dog suffers from blocked anal glands regularly, your vet may suggest a diet change and regular emptying.