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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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Chris Downer, Felton A: There are a number of potential causes of recurrent anal gland disease and in a lot of cases the exact cause is never fully investigated as regular emptying of the glands is relatively inexpensive and tends to prevent significant disease in animals with a predisposition to anal gland problems.
Sometimes, the anal glands become blocked and can begin to irritate the dog - symptoms can include nibbling at the hips or base of the tail or scooting their bottom along the ground.
As well as scooting, pets with an anal gland problem may also lick excessively around their bottom.
That link suggests the odor is a byproduct of the bacteria - as they are eating up secretions in the anal glands, they release the chemicals that produce a meerkat's scent.
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.
Any abscess or tract originating from anal gland or lumen must demonstrate an internal opening.
perianal or circumanal (hepatoid) glands, anal sac glands and anal glands (Moulton, 2008 and Polton et al., 2006).
You can simply request a bath and dry involving emptying of the anal glands, shampooing, full body massage and health CHECK, conditioning treatment, blasting and removal of dead hair and to finish off a full blow dry of your pet's coat.
Her anal glands haven't been impacted or infected yet but I have to express her glands about once a month as indicated by her scooting.