The lining of these sacs produce a smelly secretion. Each time a stool is passed it presses gently on these sacs and they empty through a duct onto the stool. In the wild they are used as territory markers nowadays they have no useful function. The bottom and surrounding tissue is a very sensitive area. The glands can become distended and when they do they are very uncomfortable. Other dogs do some odd things when they are in pain with their glands. This is not pleasant for owner, dog or vet but this will often resolve mild anal gland disease.
Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food. There is a general misperception that a dog's anal glands should be manually emptied on a regular basis.
Customer Service for Subscribers. My 7-year-old chocolate lab has been dealing with chronic anal gland infections since Feb. We tried various antibiotics, hot compresses, regular expressions, We tried various antibiotics, hot compresses, regular expressions, and hypoallergenic food. I have spent thousands at the vet.