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a·nal gland

1. one of a number of large sudoriferous glands in the mucous membrane of the anus;
2. an incorrect synonym for anal sac.
3. paired glands located at approximately the 4- and 8-o'clock positions when animal's anus is viewed from behind, present in dogs and cats. These small round saccular glands are located in the subcutis and produce an odoriferous oily discharge that likely serves to mark territory. They are connected to the terminal anus by a narrow bore tube; may become infected, impacted, abscessed, or neoplastic. Problems are more common in obese, constipated, or inactive animals.

anal gland

Any of the glands in the region of the anus. Synonym: circumanal gland
See also: gland
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Some breeds are more prone to anal gland problems than others, indicating a possible genetic link to the disease.
Shug's anal glands were manually expressed at the surgery weekly for three weeks.
Answer: Anal glands, or sacs, are small glands found near the anus in many mammals, including dogs and cats.
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The polecat will, if fearfulproduce a powerful stink from its anal glands that will make all but the senseless retch.
We were also treated to the sight of a spotted skunk walking on its hands to frighten attackers, with its markings and break-dancing abilities, before aiming its anal glands at its assailant's eyes and firing.
This is not as drastic as it sounds since the anal glands have no function.