Why people don't have anal glands

Some interesting facts about anal glands:

  • No one knows what purpose these glands have in dogs and cats.
  • The proper term for anal glands is "anal sacs".
  • When a dog or cat gets a sudden fright, they can involuntarily empty their glands.
  • Many wild animals can willfully express their anal glands. This is how skunks release their odor.
  • Click here to read more information on Anal Gland Problems in Dogs. The article includes a tutorial on how to express your dog's glands.
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