Winter. Some people enjoy the season and some people don’t. Something people might not like about winter is dry, itchy skin. Believe it or not, I believe our pets feel the same way! We have been seeing a lot of “skin” cases lately and yet I do not think any two have been the same. We have seen pets for hair loss and scabs, but we have also seen skin cases you might not think of.
Something not as pleasant to talk about, but is important, is when a dog is pestering his/her rear end. Wait–what? Yes, you might not see the rear as part of the skin organ but it is! A common rear end issue deals with anal glands also known as anal sacs. Both cats and dogs have anal glands and these glands are often reflective of the health of their “skin”. These glands naturally fill with fluid and they were ancestrally used for scent marking. In present day, cats and dogs are suppose to naturally express these glands when they defecate but for various reasons these glands can get infected, impacted, or even rupture if too full. Anal gland issues usually manifest in various ways. A common sign is butt scooting on a floor. Your pet may lick their rear more incessantly. The signs might be more subtle such as a sudden, quick looks back at their rear end. This could indicate that something is wrong.
If you think your pet could be experiencing anal gland or other skin issues, give us a call.
~ Meagan W.
February 14, 2019