Do dogs feel better after glands expressed?

Answered by Robert Flynn

Dogs can definitely feel better after having their anal glands expressed, especially if they were experiencing discomfort or irritation due to impacted or infected glands. Anal gland problems are quite common in dogs and can cause a range of symptoms such as scooting, excessive licking or biting at the anal area, foul odor, and even pain.

When the anal glands become impacted or infected, they can cause discomfort and even lead to more serious issues like abscesses or ruptures. Expressing the anal glands helps to relieve this discomfort by releasing the built-up fluid and relieving pressure on the gland.

After expressing the anal glands, many dogs experience immediate relief and show signs of feeling better. They may stop scooting, licking, or biting at their rear end and their overall mood and behavior may improve. Some dogs may even become more energetic and playful, as the discomfort that was bothering them is now alleviated.

However, it’s important to note that not all dogs will have an immediate improvement in their symptoms. In some cases, if the problem has been ongoing or if there are underlying health issues, it may take multiple gland expressions or additional treatment to fully resolve the problem. Additionally, some dogs may have a more sensitive anal area and may experience mild discomfort or irritation after the glands are expressed. This is usually temporary and should subside within 24 hours.

It’s also worth mentioning that expressing the anal glands is not a cure-all solution for all anal gland issues. In some cases, dogs may require additional veterinary care, such as antibiotics for an infection or surgical intervention for chronic problems.

While dogs can certainly feel better after having their anal glands expressed, the extent of their improvement may vary depending on the severity of the problem and individual factors. It’s always best to consult with a veterinarian or a professional groomer who is experienced in expressing anal glands to ensure the proper care and treatment for your furry friend.