Anal Glands

Anal glands aka anal sacs, are exocrine glands near the entrance of your cat’s and dog’s anus. However, this post will be in reference to dogs only, as we are more familiar with expressing dogs anal glands.

The purpose of anal glands are to mark territory when pooping but they are also secreted suddenly when the pet is frightened/scared. They are usually identified as a fishy odor, and can have several different textures/appearances, between each pet.   

As a groomer with Veterinary Assistant experience in the small animal hospital, Simone, at The Pad expresses anal glands internally, instead of externally like most groomers. Internal expression is an important skill to have because, the entire sac is felt and allows the person expressing, to accurately know how much content is within or how full the gland is prior to expressing. This gives the owner a far better idea for how often their pet should have an expression instead of doing it too often which could void natural expression completely from irritation. If glands are less than 1/4 full, The Pad will not express your pets anal sacs at that time!

Signs of Full Anal Glands:

  • Scooting 

  • Licking rear

  • Fishy odor near rear

  • Inconsistent behavior / unusual behavior i.g not eating

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Do you think to your self β€œDoes s/he have worms?!” after your pet scoots on the floor? If your pet is mostly indoors and you are consistent with administering their topical parasite (flea and tick) prevention, then you can try the very simple methods below to aid in natural expression.

  • Include Fiber in Diet: Cooked bland string beans and carrots allow for bigger poops which puts added pressure on the anal glands allowing more secretion!

  • Longer Walks: Strengthens the rear muscles enabling stronger bowel movements which adds pressure to the anal glands, helping with secretion!

Supplements are available at your rDVM and online. Please consult your rDVM before adding something new to your pets diet as every pet is built differently!

Tail Wags,

The Pad

Pet Sitting

Pet sitting at The Pad is exclusive for current Pad Pack clients and members, and who are within a 1.5 mile radius of our grooming base in Accokeek, MD.

What is The Pad pet sitting?

When a caring, loving and trustworthy human, enters your home, to tend to your pet’s needs when you’re unable to!

Prior to all recurring pet sitting visits, a thorough in-person consultation is held about a week prior to when the 20-25 minute visitations actually begin. The initial consult can range from 15-30 minutes long. Consults are essential to giving your pet and sitter, a smooth and confident start. During the consult the sitter will see your pet in their territory, creating greater security for your pet, during the first visit, and following visits!

Please have essentials such as, leashes, bowls, treats, toys or anything the sitter will have to interact with, to be consistently in the same area as mentioned in the consult. This gives your pet more one on one time with your sitter, and creates less confusion and accidentals from happening - optimizing your pet’s time and getting your money’s worth!

Transparency and clear communication is so important to us, which is why we promise live video, pictures, and visit notes for each visit, so you can even see your pet while you are away πŸ’š

It is up to you to decide what you want/need your pet to have during the visit!

Add-On Options:

  • Relief breaks/walking

  • Socialization/play

  • Refilling water and/or food bowls

  • Administering medications

  • Dry grooming maintenance

  • Bike riding


  • Decreases loneliness

  • Improves mental health

  • Improves physical health

  • Improves socialization

  • Helps weight control

Tail Wags,

The Pad πŸ’š


...many of a dog’s behavior problems, stems from being cooped up all day.
— Cesar Millan's Lessons from the Pack by Cesar Milan (best-selling author, public speaker, and the internationally acclaimed star of β€œCesar Millan’s Dog Nation,” and also hosted both β€œCesar 911” and the original, Emmy-nominated β€œDog Whisperer” program.