Lilly and Pipper, 2 adorable teacup Yorkshire terriers, got their non anesthetic dental today with the Miami Natural Pet Care. They get their teeth regularly cleaned every 3 months. These regular teeth cleaning will keep them from developing dental disease, severe gingivitis and tooth loss. Miami Natural Pet Care also trimmed their nails and expressed their anal glands.
If some of you still wonder about what anal glands really are, here are some details I found online on http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_gland
Anal glands or anal sacs are small glands found near the anus in many mammals, including dogs and cats. They are paired sacs located on either side of the anus between the externaland internal sphincter muscles. Sebaceous glands within the lining secrete a liquid that is used for identification of members within a species.
In dogs, these glands are occasionally referred to as “scent glands“, because they enable the animals to mark their territory and identify other dogs. The glands can spontaneously empty, especially under times of stress, and create a very sudden unpleasant change in the odor of the dog. Dog feces are normally firm, and the anal glands usually empty when the dog defecates. When the dog’s stools are soft they may not exert enough pressure on the glands, which then may fail to empty. This may cause discomfort as the full anal gland pushes on the anus. The glands can be emptied by the dog’s keeper, or more typically by a groomer or veterinarian or of course a vet technician 😉