Anal Glands Problem in Dog

 Anal Glands Problem in Dog? How does pet owner knows?

  • Is anal glands problem a common issue in dog?
  • What is the risk if anal glands is full and not empty ASAP?
  • What is the sign of anal glands problem?
  • Scooting / rubbing / dragging butt against the ground, trying to empty anal glands can be serious.
  • Who can help to empty the anal glands?

Anal glands problem are commonly seen in dogs and cats. which also called anal sacs, if not taken proper care, it will be impacted, infected and abscessed.

Happy Boy has anal gland problem since beginning of 2012. Photo below show his infected anal glands.

abscessed anal gland anal sacs closer look abscessed anal gland anal sacs

Happy Boy’s anal gland got infected and abscessed two times in 6-7 weeks in 2012, that was really scary when you see how painful he was and the BLOOD dripping out from his anal gland. I promise I will not let him suffer anymore. Learning all these through two bad experiences, I finally know when Happy Boy needs to visit its veterinarian, Dr Cheryl again.

While Dr Cheryl expressing Happy Boy’s anal glands last week, I took a photo of the smelly fluid. It is really DAMN smelly!!!

anal glands smelly fluid


Who can express dogs’ anal glands? Veterinarian and some groomer can do that. Many would say why waste the money? But I think for Happy Boy’s comfort and health, I think I would rather spend a little money and make sure everything is OK.

Dog scooting / rubbing / dragging butt against the ground, trying to empty its anal glands, is NOT acceptable and NOT funny at all. If you spotted your dog doing these action VERY FREQUENTLY, high chance your dog need help in emptying its anal glands soon. Bring your dog to the veterinarian to check it out.

Scooting / rubbing / dragging butt against the ground is definitely NO NO, because your dog’s anal glands might be infected as the ground is not clean.

Once the anal glands infected and next the anal glands might be abscessed.

anal glands smelly fluid
anal glands smelly fluid

It’s really pain at heart to see Happy Boy anal gland “burst”. (Photo above is Happy Boy ruptured anal gland after cleaned by veterinarian)

Be careful of some veterinarian, they will give suggestion like… “remove anal glands“, so in future, the dog will not have anymore of anal glands problem. Please THINK properly before you agreed to this. I would suggest consult more veterinarian for more advice, ask about consequences if anal glands are removed, and is there really a NEED to remove the anal glands?

Removing anal glands will cause more problem in future. Google your questions and do more research on consequences if anal glands removed.

My understanding through my research on anal glands:

  • if the operation is not properly done, there are chances the dog is unable to control its bowels.
  • Sometimes these anal glands are referred to as “scent glands” that dog uses them to mark territory and identify other dogs. (Did you realised dogs meet each other, they will smell each other butt, so this might be reason)

Links for reference incase you need to read up to have a better idea on anal glands.

Encounter any Anal Glands Problem in Dog and would like to share? Feel free to contact me anytime. =)

Branded Veterinary Centre Or Reliable Veterinarian For Your Pet?

Branded veterinary centres or reliable veterinarians? How would you choose?

Q) Do branded veterinary centres have ALL THE BEST veterinarians inside?

Q) A good and reliable veterinarians, does it means they have to work for a branded veterinary centres?

NO! I don’t think so… I don’t go for brands. I believe in what I see, what I feel is good and trustworthly. As i mentioned in the previous article, I found my best and Happy Boy’s favourite veterinarian.

I’m very into marketing. So every business uses MARKETING! Even veterinary centres have their different marketing strategy. Maybe I have think too much. HAHAHA.

Ask yourself before you choose a Veterinary Centre / Clinic / Hospital in Singapore or any part of the world.

  1. Why is this particular veterinary centre famous?
  2. You go there because it is a famous veterinary services or you believe famous means BEST veterinary centre with all latest technology and equipments?
  3. Do you know which veterinarian is famous in the veterinary centre?
  4. Do you know the famous veterinarian is best in which area or operation?
  5. How reliable is this veterinary centre / Do they have cases (good or bad) before?
  6. What make these veterinary service centre famous?
  7. And most important, do you have the chance to see the famous, best, experience veterinarian if you visit?
  8. If you don’t get to see the famous, best, experience veterinarian, is other veterinarians in the veterinary clinic/hospital as good as him/her?

So think about these question before choosing a veterinary centre in your next visit.

Singapore Veterinarians – Share your experiences!

Singapore Veterinarians. Good and bad experiences? Favourite Singapore Veterinarians in mind?

Singapore Veterinarians are not only getting more competitions but also getting more stress over social media reports, articles, blogs, and Facebook postings. A lot of people condemned Singapore Veterinarians, saying Singapore Veterinarians are inexperience, business minded, not caring enough to their little pets, but to me, I don’t agree to these saying. There may be a few rotten apples, but I don’t believe in ALL apples are rotten!

Happy Boy, had seen 5 different veterinarians in Singapore in less than half a year in 2012 because of his anal glands problem. It gave me a lot of headaches! After experiences so many Singapore Veterinarians, i came out with this answer regarding Singapore Veterinarians and veterinary services.

Most of you will try google “Singapore Veterinarians” or maybe “Vet in Singapore” and read up comments related to Singapore Veterinarians. But I don’t really believe in forums comments, a lot of the comments look so FAKE.

Choosing the best veterinarians among so many Singapore Veterinarians are not easy. I will share with you my experiences with Singapore Veterinarians and what I look up for when searching for veterinarians. Importance of finding a good veterinarian will definitely benefits your dogs

Singapore Veterinarians

This is a Singapore Pets Magazine, and in Dec 2012, they came out a book on Pet’s Health, with 30 Singapore Veterinarians to discuss about common pets (Dogs and Cats) health issues in Singapore. It is a good magazine for pet’s owner to understand what are the common dogs or cats problems in Singapore.

I’m sure the 30 Singapore Veterinarians interviewed in this magazine are the most experience and best veterinarians in Singapore you could choose from.

What do I look out for when choosing veterinarian for my dog? Why is this particular Singapore Veterinarian categorise as our favourite and best veterinarian among so many other veterinarians in Singapore?

This is my personal thinking and through my experiences:

  1. A professional veterinarian should always love animals, and should not afraid of the animal that they going to examine.
    • Dr Cheryl handle Happy Boy very well, Happy Boy didn’t struggle a lot when she examine him. The feeling is not same as visiting other clinics where he will struggle, scare, jump and run away. Happy Boy even shake its friendly tail.
    • I have even seen a veterinarian that is so scare of my dog, the moment he see my dog, the veterinarian will bring out dog muzzle and put it on Happy Boy! Come on, Mr Veterinarian, what if it’s a BIG DOG? Are you going to faint?
    • I also seen a veterinarian who cannot handle my dog and let him fell from a high table! WTH?!?! TERRIBLE VETERINARIAN!
  2. A professional veterinarian should NOT be pushy and don’t FORCE client into thinking what they think is correct. I have seen veterinarians that force me into thinking that’s the only solution, if you don’t listen, your pet will not recover and die.
    • Dr Cheryl explained things to me in detail. She is not pushy and get me to try all kinds of test or products.
  3. An experienced veterinarian doesn’t mean that he or she is old, means they are experienced. I prefer to choose a veterinarian that experience in hospital type of environment. Maybe is a psychology, I feel that veterinarian who works in animal hospital see more serious cases and do more bigger operations than the smaller clinic.
  4. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a particular veterinarian, I think you should change a veterinarian. It is very important to find a HONEST VETERINARIAN, a Veterinarian that you trust!
  5. Happy Boy’s anal glands bursted 2 times within 1 and a half months last year, and I’m very scare that there will be a 3rd time. There was one veterinarian told me that some dog’s owner will decide to do an operation to remove the anal gland and problem will be solved! This particular veterinarian is very keen to operate my dog. He even called me and told me he got ready the information for me to read and know about this operation. But when I consulted Dr Cheryl on this, she pushed away the explanation about the operation and told me don’t think of that at the moment. Operation should always be the last choice to think of…..
    • I have heard of people complaining veterinarians “opened up” their dogs, end up nothing found, and not even that serious that need an operation. But the veterinarian still charge them a $2k for the whole process and nothing was found.
  6. Pet’s owner should be understanding too, yes, veterinarian is an animal doctor, but that doesn’t mean they know everything! If doctors know everything, we already have medicines for all sorts of flu, H7N9, SARS, Dengue or even AIDs. I have an encountered veterinarian that tell me rubbish because they doesn’t want you to know they actually don’t know the answer.
    • A veterinarian should always be honest, don’t let them treat your pet as guinea pig to test out their skill and be famous.
    • If the veterinarians are not sure about the answer, they should do research and promise to get back to you an answer on your next visit.

A good veterinarian should NOT always think of EARNING money from clients. A pet business is a long term business, must always think of LONG TERM relationship. Don’t forget, a dog can live up to 10-15years! And word of mouth and social media can kill your business.

Share your experiences with us! Who is your favourite and best Veterinarians in Singapore.