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Anal Sac Disease in Dogs

Is your pup suffering from Anal Sac Disease?

In this article, we will discuss the signs of anal gland disease and offer some possible treatment options.

What is Anal Gland Disease in Dogs?

This disease occurs when a dog’s anal sacs become impacted. Anal sacs are responsible for releasing a foul-smelling substance every time a dog produces excrement. If the dog’s bowels are not emptied properly, the anal sacs can become impacted. Dogs with impacted anal glands often scoot their behinds along the ground, or bite or lick the affected area.

Treatment for Impacted Anal Glands in Dogs

Surgical removal of anal sacs is necessary only in the most severe cases. Usually, the condition can be done in your veterinarian’s office or DIY at home.

Anal Gland Disease Treatment Cost: $150 to $2,550

DIY Anal Gland Treatment for Dogs

Dog Diseases: Prevention & Treatment : How to Squeeze Your Dog's Anal Glands

  • In routine cases, full anal sacs can be manually expressed by a veterinarian.
  • In severe cases, the sacs may have to be surgically removed.

Does Pet Insurance Pay for Anal Gland Treatments?

Anal gland expression treatments are not covered by any pet insurance plans, which mostly protect your dog from unexpected illnesses or accidents. This and other routine procedures are considered elective and preventative treatments.

Wellness Coverage Options for Anal Gland Care

However, add-on wellness coverage can cover anal gland treatment, along with other common veterinary care procedures like spaying/neutering, flea and tick prevention, and routine blood tests.

Embrace pet insurance offers wellness coverage that includes regular anal gland expression, along with dozens of other routine health treatments for your dog.

Wellness coverage is different than regular pet insurance because it has no deductible, co-pay or waiting period and you can start using your benefits immediately.

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    Warrick Philip Shannon 10/27/2016 at 7:16 am

    Love the video. I look after my pets as if they are my own blood. This is a bit of a nasty task but let’s face it. Cleaning poo comes with the territory of having an amazing companion like a dog and it’s worth it!

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