The Animal House

21 Red Brook Road
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532




Domestic animals have largely lost their ability to empty their anal gland sacs voluntarily. Walking around and normal defecation serves to empty the glands but some animals become unable to empty their glands at all on their own.

The sacs become impacted and uncomfortable. Dogs with impacted anal sacs usually scoot their rear on the ground in an attempt to empty the glands. Some dogs will lick their anal area and other dogs will chase their tails. Cats often lick the fur off just under their tails.

A visit to have the anal glands examined and expressed if needed is recommended if scooting persists.