A cat's anal glands naturally express a scent-marking liquid when they defecate. But sometimes an impaction may occur that prevents the fluid from escaping. This can be painful for your cat and lead to further problems like infections. Some cats need help with their anal glands.
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Below is information about the structure and function of the feline anal glands. We will tell you about the general structure of the anal glands, how the anal glands work in cats, common diseases that affect the anal glands, and common diagnostic tests performed in cats to evaluate the anal glands. The anal glands also called anal sacs are two glands that secrete a pungent fluid. The fluid travels through small ducts that open into the anus. Typically, this fluid is released during defecation or territorial marking. The glands are embedded in the muscle of the anal sphincter and are not readily visible.
Based on the name alone, anal sacs more commonly known as anal glands may not be something you want to know much about. So as pet owners it is a good idea to have a general knowledge of the anal sacs, as problems can arise with them in all breeds. If your pet has expressed their anal sacs before, you probably know the associated scent all too well; musky, fishy, and foul! Many pet owners will book regular appointments at their veterinarian or their groomer to have the anal sacs expressed.
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