A Smelly Subject: Anal Glands and Your Pet 

Ew, right? The subject of anal glands is not something most people want to explore. They’re there. We know about them (or maybe you did not?) but isn’t that where the curiosity ends? Well, there is a lot to know about these scent makers and what they are all about.

The team at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center is here to expand upon this icky, yet important topic of anal glands and your pet’s health.

What Are Anal Glands?

Anal glands are sacs that secrete an unmistakable scent that is believed to mark territory and communicate to other animals. These glands are about the size of a pea and are positioned in the rectum, on either side. The secretions range from a thin liquid to a paste-like substance.