What are Anal Glands?
Anal glands are small, sac-like structures located on either side of your pet’s anus. These glands secrete a strong-smelling liquid that is used for marking territory and communication with other animals. In most cases, these glands empty naturally when your pet has a bowel movement. However, some pets can develop problems with their anal glands, such as impaction or infection.
What is Anal Sacculectomy?
Anal sacculectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the anal glands entirely. This procedure is typically performed on pets who have chronic anal gland issues that do not respond to other treatment options. During the procedure, your pet will be under general anesthesia to ensure their comfort and safety.
What are the Benefits of Anal Sacculectomy?
For pets who have chronic anal gland problems, anal sacculectomy can provide long-term relief from discomfort and pain. This procedure can also reduce the risk of infection and other complications associated with impacted or infected anal glands.
What is the Recovery Process Like?
After the procedure, your pet will need to rest and recover for a few days. We will provide you with detailed instructions for post-operative care, including pain management and monitoring for any signs of complications. Your pet will need to wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent them from licking or biting at the surgical site.
At VIP Animal Hospital, we understand that every pet is unique, and we strive to provide personalized care tailored to your pet’s individual needs. If you think your pet may benefit from anal sacculectomy, please contact us to schedule a consultation. Our experienced veterinarians will be happy to discuss this procedure with you and help you make an informed decision about your pet’s care.