This question comes up often. Why is my dog having anal gland problems? People also want to know what they can do to prevent it. In order to understand how to prevent anal gland problems it is important to understand the first question of what causes anal gland problems. For many pets there can be one or multiple factors contributing to their anal gland issues. Here are some of the most common reasons:.
Medically referred to as fecal incontinence, losing the ability to control its bowel movements is distressing for both the dog and the owner. This condition seems to afflict older animals more than young ones. Keep in mind that a gastrointestinal disease of any kind may increase the urge to defecate and is not necessarily an indication of fecal incontinence. Gastrointestinal disease often causes weight loss, vomiting, spasms of the urogenital diaphragm and a desire to evacuate the bowel or bladder. You will need to give a thorough history of your dog's health, including a background history of symptoms, and possible incidents that might have precipitated this condition. If you have a feeling or clue as to what might be causing your dog's incontinence, share this with your veterinarian.