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Is your dog boot scooting? If they are, it is probably blocked anal glands? Anal glands are scent glands and are a dogs individual scent. Normal emptying of the glands occurs when your dog poops. The poop passe over the glands producing pressure to assist emptying the glands. The purpose of this is so dogs can mark their territory. Each dog’s smell is unique. Dogs sniff each other’s poop and butts as a form of communication. They can determine if they are a friend or foe or if they have met them before.
Anal glands can become blocked. Some of these reasons are poor gastrointestinal health, loose or soft stools. Some symptoms of blocked anal glands are scooting their bum, foul smell, licking around the area, blood in their poop. Things you can do to prevent anal gland blockage are to maintain your dog at an ideal body weight. This will also help for other conditions like arthritis. Add fibre to your dog’s diet by feeding soft pureed pumpkin. Use caution as too much can cause diarrhea
Treatment of blocked anal glands
Wash and blow out
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