So your dog has a problem with anal glands. Big problem. And you are thinking about having the anal glands removed.
I presume that you know the basics about anal glands by now. If not, just read my article on ANAL GLANDS.
I want to talk specifically about anal gland removal.
If your dog has an ongoing anal gland disease – having the glands removed sounds like a perfect solution: no glands, no problem.
The good news – dogs can live without anal glands just fine. And the problem is gone.
The bed news – there is a very important nerve that runs around the anus and just next to the anal glands. If that nerve is damaged, the dog could become permanently faecally incontinent. That means, the dog will not be able to hold on to go to the toilet to poop.
This is very serious. For most people the idea of a dog who poops in the house at random is unacceptable. What’s more, this complication is unpredictable. Don’t let any Vets tell you that they can prevent this from happening, because they can’t.
This is why for me the removal of anal glands is a procedure of last resort. I wouldn’t do it unless I felt that there is no other choice.
Most dogs will improve with regular anal gland emptying and increased fibre in their diet (rice, vegetables etc.)