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
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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