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Seeing Scooter scooting lately and wondering why? If it isn’t allergies, it is most likely anal sac issues.

So what are anal sacs, more commonly called anal glands? According to Muller & Kirk’s, Small Animal Dermatology, 6th Ed., anal glands are “paired invaginations of the skin located between the internal and external sphincters of the anus.” In layman’s terms they are small sacs near the anus that contain a foul smelling substance that is usually expressed naturally when the animal defecates.

While cats and dogs both have anal sacs, small breed dogs are the most likely to suffer from problems. The problem typically is a full or infected sac, and your pet will let you know by scooting his or her bottom on the carpet or biting or licking at the area (preferably in front of company). If you see these or other suspicious symptoms, please give us a call so that we can get to the bottom of the issue (no pun intended, really!).