Normally they produce a smelly, clear to light yellow liquid secretion, which is expressed from two small pores when the animal defecates. They can also discharge this odorous secretion spontaneously, or when the dog or cat is startled, injured, or excited. Several different types of problems can arise from the anal sacs. These include inflammation, infection, and even tumor formation. Dogs, especially small breeds, are more commonly affected than cats.
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For more from Dr. What are anal sacs? The terms anal glands and anal sacs are often used interchangeably among veterinarians and pet parents although they really refer to different anatomic structures. Anal gland refers to the glands found within the anal sacs that produce a pungent liquid. When an animal has a bowel movement, the anal sphincter squeezes the anal sacs against the feces causing the sacs to expel their contents onto the fecal matter. This action typically and thankfully goes unnoticed by pet parents.
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For some dogs, anal gland infections or impactions can be a common occurrence. Sometimes dogs will involuntarily empty their anal glands when stressed or scared which can be a very unpleasant experience for dog owners. If left untreated, anal gland impactions or infections can lead to an anal gland abscess which can be very painful.
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