What are anal glands? Do all dogs need their anal glands expressed?

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Anal glands are two fluid filled sacs located in the anus of a dog or cat. They are a normal part of an animal's anatomy and are usually emptied through defecation.Some animals have difficulty with impactions or swelling in or around the glands and need manual expression. Signs of an anal sac problem are "scooting" or excessive licking of the anal area.

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