Peter dobias, dvm has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. It only takes one step to make a dramatic change. Think inflammation and scooting. Numerous specialized sebaceous (sweat) glands that produce a foul smelling secretion line the walls of the sacs. Diet can really help. If the expressed fluid is thick, chunky or colored green, yellow or gray, this is abnormal and could indicate an infection or other problem. Anal glands can become impacted, abscessed, even entirely non-functioning.
Did you know your dog had anal glands?
Removal of the anal sacs is a delicate and specialized surgery. Most veterinarians will need to perform a digital rectal exam, as well. Obesity can be another factor, as overweight pets often have less muscle tone as well as additional fat tissue in the anal area, which prevents the glands from emptying properly on a regular basis.