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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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Dog faeces are normally firm and the anal glands usually empty when the dog defecates.
I have noticed the extra fiber bulking up her stool is hopefully helping the anal glands express.
Impacted anal glands can occur with chronically soft stools because the musculature has nothing to push the sac against.
Thus, the histologic pattern of anal gland adenocarcinoma remains to be sharply defined.
Diet is considered by many to play a critical role in managing and treating impacted anal glands. Once the problem sacs have been manually emptied, you can help your dog maintain her comfort by adding fiber to her diet; this will help bulk up the stool enough for muscle contractions to naturally move secretions along as the dog defecates.
Adjacent to the secretory epithelium of the hypobranchial gland is located an acinous glandular-like structure, which could be the rectal or anal gland. The acini are composed of small (10 [micro]m) nonciliated cubical cells with a large quantity of fine and dark staining basophilic granules.
Cats are less likely than dogs to have anal gland problems.
Hot spots may also form when a cat scratches or chews an area of her body because of some problem in that specific spot, as when a cat chews at the base of her tail because of an infected anal gland.
They mark their turf by secreting a substance called 'paste' from an anal gland, wiping it here and there on the grass.
I read "Butt Scoot Boogie" in great anticipation of seeing my own solution to canine anal gland problems.
They were hunted to extinction in this country for their fur and, would you believe, the pain-relieving properties of their anal gland secretions.
Anal gland infections often need quite a long course of antibiotics, either by mouth or infused into the glands themselves.