By Dr. William E. Schultz, DVM. Laser surgery has dramatically changed the visual surgical field by controlling hemorrhage without the tissue damage associated with electrosurgery and the enhanced visual field afforded the surgeon. Delicate dissection with visualization is a hallmark of laser surgery. Anal gland removal is one surgery where the use of a laser dramatically decreases the bleeding and facilitates a rapid removal of the anal glands.
When is it Appropriate to Consider Anal Gland Surgery in Dogs?
Each of these glands has a tiny duct or tube, which has an opening into the rectum. The secretion that comes from these glands is very smelly, often brown in colour and is about the consistency of water or oil. Anal Glands serve no real purpose in domestic pets, just like your appendix, however in past times they were used primarily for territorial marking, as a defence mechanism i. Every time a stool faeces is passed it should place enough pressure on the anal glands to cause a small amount of the secretion to be deposited on the surface of the stool thus informing other animals who has been in the neighbourhood! Have you ever noticed your pet dragging or scooting its bottom along your good carpet? Well, it is a common sign of anal gland problems.
Most common conditions. Anal Gland Cancer. Rated as moderate conditon.
This post may contain affiliate links. Read more here. Updated: April 13, Unfortunately lots of dogs have problems with their anal glands. Some anal gland impactions get so bad that they become abscessed and rupture, causing pain for the dog, and quite a nasty mess for their people as well as the costs associated with having the infection and abscess treated.