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anal glands are scent glands some people refer to them as anal sacs. The anal glands or anal sacs are small glands near the anus in many mammals, including dogs and cats. They are paired sacs on either side of the anus between the external and internal sphincter muscles. Sebaceous glands within the lining secrete a liquid that is used for identification of members within a species. These sacs are found in many carnivorans, including wolves, bears, sea otters and kinkajous. Dog anal glands issues are not life-threatening but can cause discomfort and pain for the animal. Anal glands, also known as anal sacs or scent glands when found in dogs, are little glands located close to the anus. Dogs employ their anal glands in marking territory, as well as recognizing other dogs by smell. But anal gland problems in dogs are fairly common and if not treated promptly, can lead to serious lifelong issues. Diagnosis of impacted anal glands in dogs in order to diagnose impacted anal glands in your dog, your veterinarian will need to know when you first saw symptoms, the progression of symptoms, any recent illnesses or injuries your dog may have had, any changes of behavior or diet, and if your dog has had his anal glands manually expressed, either at home or from a groomer. pdsa vet rebecca gives advice on what to do if your dog has anal gland problems and how this is treated. In this video we cover symptoms and how anal gland problems are diagnosed.