Question by  vims (21)

Why do dog groomers express glands?

I don't understand what the glands are, and why they don't just take care of themselves. I mean, dogs didn't always have groomers and many still don't...


Answer by  FrankieRoma (84)

Think of expressing the anal glands on a dog as preventative medicine. Just because we don't have the flu or measles doesn't mean we shouldn't get the shots to prevent getting the disease. Groomers are usually necessary to do this because most people don't want to.


Answer by  Nancy89 (50)

Dogs who are on a higher quality food diet have less problems. Dogs didn't always need groomers because they tended to eat a diet more suited to them. Because manufacturers put a lot of unnecessary ingredients in dog food just like they do with people food we have problems.


Answer by  madlambe (197)

Some dogs are able to express them themselves. They can become infected and cause itching to your dog if not treated. They can also create an unpleasant odour.


Answer by  champaign9497 (11977)

Because if they dont the dog gets sick little dogs dont express them they dont usually get out to run enough so the groomer does it.


Answer by  BlueEyes3b5 (121)

I can't afford groomers so learned to DYI. Check the rectum at around 7 and 5 o'clock with your fingers for the glands. If they are swollen place a tissue or baby wipe to cover the area and then gently press below, inward and upward.

Reply by FluffyKitty (109):
YAY I do it too. It is smelly though and sometimes the liquid is white, brown or black and if bloody the puppy needs to see a vet.  add a comment

Answer by  jennifercrowe84 (202)

To make sure the glands do not get clogged and infected. If not done that could happen and it will cost a good amount of money to have the vet fix that. The glads are a way to help bowel movements go easier and also scent for the other dogs.


Answer by  hulmer (1067)

Most large breeds don't require a gland expression, as this is done naturally during bowel movements. However, with medium and smaller breeds this is not as often the case. It is done for two reasons. One is that the glands can become inflamed or even infected. The other is that they can leak and quite honestly, it smells TERRIBLE!


Answer by  YellowCup (1650)

You don't have to get your dog's anal glands expressed. However, on dog's that are not spayed or neutered, the glands fill with a secretion and makes the dog butt area to itch and at times can be painful. Infection can also take place as well. It can be very bothersome for an inside dog and the dog owner.

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