When you hear about dogs anal glands, the first thing that comes to mind is smell. The anal glands produce a fluid with a distinctive odor. If the anal glands are healthy, the glands empty this fluid during the bowel movement. However, at times the anal glands malfunction. They are unable to empty the fluid in the bowel movement and there is the foul smell.
The malfunction of the anal glands could be due to inherited abnormalities in your pet or even due to bowel related problems. And at times dogs adopted from rescue organizations may have unknowingly damaged their anal tissue at some point. Any of these problems lead to impacted anal glands
The glands will not be able to empty the fluid properly during bowel movement, and the retention has serious complications. The impacted anal glands have direct consequences for the bowel. The bowel movement becomes painful and difficult. The dog goes through a lot of discomfort. It can also lead to infection or abscess and a lot of pain.
A high fiber diet may help ease bowel movement because stools will be bulkier and easier to pass