Whether you realize it or not, if your pet has ever drug his rear end over your carpet, you have probably encountered the anal gland.
A developmental remnant, anal glands in the canine species are not quite as highly evolved as those of the skunk, but they serve a similar purpose: to relay a message with a smell. Sometimes, however, things go awry and Town & Country Animal Hospital is here to help with whatever may arise.
Anal Glands Explained
Just inside the rectum of every dog (and cat for that matter) lie two small sacs (one on each side) called anal glands. These sacs hold the secretions of the sebaceous glands in the area. Sebaceous glands are typically associated with hair follicles which create sebum, an oil that lubricates the hair.
We share our modern lives with special animals whose ancestors successfully adapted over the course of hundreds – if not thousands – of years. Sure, our pets are now highly accustomed to regular meals, affection, and comfort, but that doesn’t mean they don’t often answer to some of their inherited instincts.
With winter paw care, you can make sure your pet’s impulses get in the way of their comfort.
It’s easy to assume that your pet’s feet have evolved to withstand loads of environmental challenges. And that’s true, to a point. Sure, their paw pads are designed to handle daily action, such as running, walking, playing and hiking. But the seasonal dip in outdoor temperatures means that overworked, unprotected paws can be at risk of serious, painful injuries.Continue…