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. In fact, expressing the glands too often may lead to decreased tone, delayed emptying and anal gland disease.
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The dachshund anal glands also called anal sacs are two glands secreting an unpleasant fluid through tiny ducts opening into the anus. This fluid is normally released during defecation. This fluid has a foul smell. Location of the anal glands. Anal glands are located on either side of the anus, just under the skin, at the 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock positions. The anal glands are embedded in the muscle of the anal sphincter and not readily visible. Anal glands are small oval shaped glands.
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You might also be aware that anal glands in dogs are often problematic. The glands produce a smelly, oily substance that collects in tiny ducts. This fluid probably serves as a territorial marker, relaying biochemical information to other dogs. When your dog poops, if the stool is of normal consistency, the fluid-filled ducts in the anal glands will empty with the pressure of the poop as it passes through the rectum and anus. Other contributors to anal gland problems can include obesity where there is insufficient muscle tone and excess fatty tissue, certain skin disorders, and infections.
Our dogs are adorable in so many ways. But not everything about them is cute. If your dog has chronic problems with their anal glands, you know what I mean. As you can see from the photo, a tiny duct leads from the gland under the skin, to an opening right next to the anus. When they poop, this fluid is excreted with the poop through those little ducts near the anus, leaving a distinct scent.