You can empty your dog’s anal glands at home by massaging the anal sacs to get rid of excess fluid build-up that is causing discomfort to your furry friend.
Manually expressing a dog’s anal glands can be an unpleasant experience, due to the waste fluid that you potentially have to deal with, and this is why a lot of people leave this task to the professionals. However, with the right knowledge, appropriate equipment, and a little bit of courage, expression of a dog’s anal glands can be done right at the comfort of your home.
That said, here are the steps to take to naturally express your dog’s anal glands without having to visit the vet:
Some of the supplies you’ll need to massage and express your dog’s anal glands at home include medical gloves, lube, paper towels, and a muzzle, provided the pooch is averse to being handled and examined.
Expressing The Glands
- Expressing inflamed anal glands can be an uncomfortable experience for your pooch. Hence, it is advisable that you have someone at hand to help keep the dog steady, while you attempt to get rid of excess fluid in the pooch’s sacs.
- Once you’ve succeeded in keeping the pooch steady, apply lube to your gloved fingers, and gently insert your finger into the dog’s anus.
- Feel around for the pea-sized glands typically located near the pooch’s anus, and gently massage the sacs to get rid of retained fluid.
- Carry out the process described above on both sacs, and wipe off remnants of the sac fluid with paper towels.
If your dog seems to be in too much pain while you’re expressing its anal glands, we recommend that you take such a pooch to the vet for a proper medical check-up.
In addition, if you notice redness and inflammation of the anal sacs, as well as the presence of open sores, an infection may be at play, and we recommend leaving the expression to your vet in this case.
NOTE: There is no need to express your dog’s anal glands, if the pooch isn’t showing signs of fluid build-up in the sacs; Regular anal gland expression without reason will only result in inflammation and injury, and the glands will also become dependent on these regular massages to function properly.