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w hile dog anal glands problems are usually not life-threatening, with the exception of anal gland cancer, they are relatively common and can affect your dogs quality of life. internal anal gland expression heres a good video, where our friends at glandex show you how to express your dogs anal glands at home. 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 species of carnivorans, including wolves, bears, sea otters and kinkajous. anal gland problems in dogs are fairly common, appearing in about 2 12 of cases with dogs (1, 2, 3). Theyre generally divided into two condition categories those without abnormal growths. Treatment of anal gland problems is usually pretty straight forward. If the glands are impacted (backed up), they can be manually expressed (emptied). Your vet can do this, and he or she can show you how to do it so that you can do it yourself in the future if needed. to prevent anal gland problems, discuss a diet plan for your dog with your veterinarian. They may recommend that you include fish oil and increased dietary fiber in your dogs diet. so, a lot of dogs need their anal glands expressed manually. That means the vet or groomer squeezes them by hand to get the fluid out. ) over the last few decades, anal gland problems have been a pain in the butt for both dogs and cats. While most dogs do fine, some research shows that 12 will get anal gland issues. Anal gland adenocarcinoma is both locally invasive and highly metastatic. Local recurrence with surgery alone happens within a median period of 10 months in 20-50 of affected dogs. For this reason, adjuvant therapy with radiation therapy, electrochemotherapy, andor chemotherapy should be considered. He does occasionally release anal gland fluid when he barks if that helps. It could be theo has a problem with his anal sacs and they may be impacted.