Why Do Male Dogs Express Their Glands?

By Kyoko •  Updated: 09/15/22 •  3 min read
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Why Do Male Dogs Express Their Glands?

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Dogs have some unusual (to us) organs that can cause some medical problems in dogs. These are the anal glands. As a pet parent, it’s important to understand what these glands are and how they can cause your fur baby to express his glands.

Has your male dog been expressing his glands? Are you worried this may indicate that he has a medical problem? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand this can be a concerning problem.

We’ve put together some information about anal glands and why male dogs express their glands. Let’s get started!

What are Anal Glands in Dogs?

The anal glands are two small oval-shaped sacs found on either side of the dog’s anus. The glands produce a fluid that has a very strong odor (some say it smells fishy). This odor is unique to each dog. When a dog (male or female) poops, their anal glands secrete the fishy-smelling fluid. The fluid ends up on the poop. However, some dogs may also involuntarily express their anal glands if stressed or afraid.

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The good news is that most dogs don’t have problems with their anal glands; however, the glands can develop problems such as becoming impacted, overly full of secretions, or impacted.

Symptoms of Anal Gland Issues in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog is expressing his anal glands:

Treatment of Anal Gland Issues in Dogs

If your dog is showing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s time to call the vet. The vet will check your dog’s anal glands and express them if necessary. If they’re infected, the vet may prescribe an antibiotic or supplement.

The vet may also discuss ways you can prevent anal gland problems in your dog. This may include a change in diet, the addition of fish oil and fiber to his diet, and more.

The good news is that treatment usually helps relieve your dog’s anal gland problem. So, the sooner your fur baby sees the vet and gets treatment, the sooner he can feel better!

If you notice any symptoms of anal gland problems in your fur baby, be sure to call the vet right away. Your dog deserves to have relief and feel better!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!
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