Ear Infections
Flea & Tick
Heart Problems
Hot Spots
Shedding Control
Skin Irritation
Tear Stains
Urinary Infections
Weight Management
See All A-Z
Ear Infections
Flea & Tick
Heart Problems
Hot Spots
Shedding Control
Skin Irritation
Tear Stains
Urinary Infections
Weight Management
See All A-Z
Breath Fresheners
Chews & Treats
Rinses & Water Additives
Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
Ear Cleansers
Ear Infection Remedies
Ear Mite Treatments
Antibiotic Anti-Infective
Artificial Tears & Lubricants
Eye Inflammation
Tear Stain Removers
Flea & Tick Prevention
Heartworm & Flea Control
Home Flea & Tick Treatment
Immediate Relief
Oral Flea Treatments
Tick & Flea Collars
Canned Pet Food
Dry Pet Food
Raw Pet Food
Adult Pet Food
Glucose Balance
Digestive Health & Support
Grain Free
Joint Support
Kitten Food
Puppy Food
Senior Pet Food
Skin Support
Small Breed Dog Food
Weight Loss & Management
Pet Food Storage
Joint Pain
Joint Supplements
Lifting Harness
Orthopedic Beds
Steps & Ramps for Mobility
Allergy Relief
Compound Medications
Cough Relief
Digestive Health & Enzymes
High Blood Pressure
Hormonal Endocrine
Insulin & Glucose Balance
Motion Sickness & Nausea
Seizure Disorder
Urinary Tract & Kidneys
Bowls & Elevated Feeders
Car Seats & Pet Carriers
Cat Litter
Cesar Millan Training Aids
Crates & Kennels
Drinking Fountains
Elizabethan Collars
First Aid
Furniture Protectors
Grooming Tools
Leashes & Harnesses
Outdoor Cat Pens
Pet Food Storage
Stain Removers
Steps & Ramps
Training Aids
Wireless Dog Fences
Fish Oils & Omega 3
Fly Control
Grooming Tools
Hairball Remedies
Itch Relief
Ringworm Treatments
Shedding Control
Skin Care Supplements
Skin Medications
Digestive Enzymes
Fish Oils & Omega 3
Liver Support
Senior Support
Whole Food Supplements
Pet Health Topics
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Symptoms of Anal Sac Inflammation & Scooting


Symptoms of Dogs with Anal Sac Problems

There are two ways to recognize anal sac problems in dogs—your dog's behavior and the appearance of the anal area. Behaviors, such as scooting (rubbing bottom on the floor or carpet), chewing, and licking the rear end indicate anal sac problems. Some dogs chase their tails. Some resting dogs suddenly jump up as if stung. These dogs are experiencing pain or itching.

The appearance of the anal area that signals anal sac problems includes redness and swelling. If anal sacs are swollen to the point of bursting, the area changes from red to purple. Purple indicates the blood has become congested and carries more carbon dioxide than normal. Dogs with chronic anal sac inflammation have hardened (lichenoid) skin under the tail due to the licking and trauma.

In addition to signs and symptoms directly due to the anal sacs, anal sac inflammation can lead to symptoms elsewhere in the body. For example, if your dog licks his or her bottom frequently and swallows bacteria and anal sac material, it can develop infections in the tonsils, the stomach, and the upper airway (trachea). These pets may exhibit sore throats, vomiting, and chronic coughing that resembles kennel cough (tracheobronchitis). When the anal sac problems are resolved, the other health issues resolve. The most common symptoms of anal inflammation and scooting in dogs include:

  • Scooting (rubbing bottom on floor or carpet)
  • Tail chasing
  • Chewing rear end
  • Suddenly jumping up from resting position
  • Swollen area around anus

Small dog breeds, such as Chihuahuas, are prone to scooting because their anal sacs are tiny and easily obstructed.

Diagnosis of Anal Sac Inflammation

Anal sac problems in dogs are diagnosed by examining the perineal area. Your veterinarian will wear disposable gloves and massage your dog's anal sacs to determine whether they are soft and easily compressed or swollen and difficult to compress. As anal sac material is expressed, it is evaluated for color and consistency. Normal secretions are thin and a pale yellow-brown. Dry secretions from impacted anal sacs are thick and pasty brown. If the sac is infected with bacteria, secretions become darker brown with yellow or green-yellow pus. Chronic infections and abscesses cause red-brown secretions. Infected anal sac secretions have a foul odor.

If anal sac material is abnormal, your veterinarian will send it to a laboratory to determine what is causing the infection. Among the common causes are bacteria, such as E. coli, clostridium, proteus, and staphylococcus, yeast (candida), and ringworm (malassezia).

Diagnosing Masses (Tumors) in Your Dog's Perineal Area

Several different cancers can form masses (tumors) in your dog's perineal area. Tumors develop in male and female dogs, especially in Beagles, English Cocker Spaniels, English Bulldogs, Springer Spaniels, Dachshunds, Alaskan Malamutes, German Shepherds, and Samoyeds.

Apocrine (sebaceous) gland tumors (also called perianal adenomas) are common in male dogs because they are stimulated, in part, by testosterone. These tumors may spread through the pelvic area to the lymph nodes. A different type of cancer, an anal sac tumor (anal sac apocrine gland adenocarcinoma), occurs in females and may also infiltrate and spread through the area.

Tests Used to Diagnose Masses in Your Dog's Perineal Area

If your dog has a mass (tumor) in the perineal area, your veterinarian will insert a needle and remove cells that can be sent for laboratory identification. X-rays and ultrasound exams help determine the extent of your dog's problem and whether the tumor has spread to another area (metastatic cancer). Some cancers first found in the perineal area have actually come from other areas of the body, and the laboratory tests and X-rays help find the origin of these cancer cells. Because some perineal tumors, especially anal sac tumors, increase the amount of calcium in the blood to a level that damages the kidneys, your veterinarian will include blood tests to fully evaluate your dog's health.


Related Info on Anal Sac Inflammation and Scooting

Help / Customer Service
My Account
PetMeds® Sites
PetMeds® Programs
Our 100% Guarantee
About Us
Contact Us
PetMeds® Help
Privacy Policy
Printable Order Form
Site Map
Vet Directory
Request a Catalog

Email Preferences
Easy refill
Track my order
My Account Page
My pet has passed away
PetMeds® Blog
PetHealth 101®
PetMeds® Charitable Causes
1-800-PetMeds® Careers
PetMeds® Investor Relations
pet meds
Pet Meds Photos
Pet Meds News
Pet Health Articles
Affiliate Program
Shelter & Rescue Program
Join our Social Network
    PetMeds® on Facebook
    PetMeds® on Twitter
    PetMeds® on YouTube
    PetMeds® Google+
    PetMeds® LinkedIn
    PetMeds® on Instagram
Copyright © 2014 PetMed Express, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Vet-VIPPSVETERINARY-VERIFIED INTERNET PHARMACY PRACTICE SITES(CM) Online Veterinary Pharmacy Services has earned Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites(CM) (Vet-VIPPS(CM)) accreditation through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®).
Verisign Secured Click for the BBB Business Review of this Pharmacies in Pompano Beach FL
Live Chat Share Website Feedback