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Anal Gland Abscess

What are anal glands?

Anal glands are two small glands just inside your pet’s anus. They sit at about 4 and 8 o’clock on either side of your pet’s anus.  The material secreted into these glands is thick, oily, stinky, and is commonly described as smelling fishy. Normally, every time your pet has a bowel movement there is pressure placed on these glands and some of the secretion is placed on the fecal material. Other dogs and cats are then able to tell who has been in the neighborhood, back yard, litter box etc,  just by sniffing the stools they find.


Preventing your pet from licking or scratching

After your pet has had surgery or if they are suffering from a rash or hot spot you will need to make sure that you do not let your pet lick at their incision site or affected skin. If your pet is suffering from a severe ear infection or eye issue you will also need to stop them from scratching at their ears and face. Here’s a quick look at a few options for accomplishing that.



Deafness and your Dog

There are two types of deafness, congenital or deafness brought on by other causes. Congenital deafness is when a puppy is born deaf. Dogs can also go deaf from other causes, the most common being chronic ear infections or injury and old age.



Basic Care: Brushing your pet’s teeth

The best dental care you can give to your pet is daily brushing. By the age of 3 most pets are showing signs of dental disease. When plaque and tartar build up and spread under the gum line, oral and systemic infection can occur. By brushing daily, you can limit the progression of dental disease and may even avoid the need for a dental cleaning under anesthetic (or at least prolong the frequency between dental cleanings).



Household Substances Toxic to your Pet

There are may substances around your house that may be toxic to your pet. These include over the counter (OTC) medications as well as “garage items” such as antifreeze and mouse poison. Here is a quick look at a few common household items that are toxic to your pet.

For a more complete and thorough list of toxic substances, please visit the ASPCA website or the Pet Poison Helpline website.skull-1426813_960_720


Common Foods that are Toxic to your Pet

There are foods that are toxic to your pets, and many foods that are not (and some make for a special treat when fed in moderation!). Here is a look at some common toxic foods that could lead to a toxicity in your pet if they should ingest them.

For a more complete and thorough list of toxic and non toxic foods, please visit the ASPCA website or the Pet Poison Helpline