Dog Anal Gland & Scooting Problems

Bernie's Perfect Poop Can Naturally Alleviate Anal Gland & Scooting Issues In Dogs

  • The healthy fibers in Bernie’s can help to bulk up and create larger formed stool. The physical pressure this larger stool exerts when passing can naturally express the fluid from the anal sacs during each bowel movement.
  • The extra fiber can also aid in reducing obesity in dogs which will allow the dog to be flexible enough to naturally massage the anal gland and express fluid before blockage occurs.
  • The combination of soluble to insoluble fiber in Bernie’s helps to balance the digestive tract so that dog’s stool is perfectly formed to aid in expressing the anal glands naturally with each bowel movement. 
  • Prebiotics and probiotics included in Bernie’s may also help because they balance out the microbiome in the digestive tract. A properly balanced guts aids with constipation, diarrhea, and inflammatory skin issues, all of which might be responsible for anal gland issues.  
  • The enzyme blend in Bernie’s can assist by encouraging the absorption of nutrients from the dog’s diet so that the dog has a healthy digestive tract. Those nutrients can be used by yourg dogs body to help form a proper stool which is needed to express the anal glands naturally. 
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Anal glands are scent glands that are located in between the layers of the muscles in the rectal (butt) area at the 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions. They are used to mark a dog’s territory as a type of smell signal for other dogs. These sac walls are filled with tiny glands that produce a fluid (watery or pasty, yellow brown to grayish in color). The fluid is then passed through a series of small ducts or tubes that then collects in the anal sacs. It is expressed (released) during bowel movements through a small duct into the anus.  Problems can occur when the fluid isn’t being naturally expressed and beings to build up. Signs that your dog may be having anal glad fluid buildup include: 

  • Scooting (dragging the butt across the floor)
  • Foul odor at the rectal (butt) area
  • Pain in the rectal (butt) area
  • Licking the butt
  • Biting, Licking or Scratching the butt
  • Snapping or growling when anal area or base of tail is touched
  • Diarrhea or Constipation


Canine anal gland and scoot problems are not a disease on their own, but rather are the result of underlying issues, imbalances, or other diseases.

Possible Causes Of Anal Gland ProblemsCan Perfect Poop Help?
Insufficient Fiber in DietYES
Poor NutritionYES
Matted Fur or Poop Stuck Around the RectumYES
Hairballs from self – grooming
Lack of Exercise
Trauma To the Anal Glands
Position of the Anal Glands


If anal gland issues become out of control, they can lead to abscesses and possible rupture of the abscess. Anal Gland issues can be very painful for dogs and messy for owners. If you notice that anal glands are inflamed (as you normally can’t see them) and reddened, or you smell a horrible odor coming from your dog’s anal (butt) area, and treatments haven’t helped, call your Vet.

Other Ways to Help

  • Increase Exercise
  • Monitor for scooting issues and address immediately
  • Manually expressing the anal gland (can be done by your Vet or certified groomer)
  • Improve Diet and Reduce Weight

Additional Reading

  • Preventive Vet: What To Do When Anal Glands Are A Problem
  • Pet Place: More About Anal Glands

Related Terms

  • Anal Sac Issues
  • Dog Scooting (dragging the butt across the floor or ground)
  • Anal gland impaction (stored up secretions that aren’t able to be eliminated naturally) 
  • Anal gland abscess (infection in the anal glands (sacs)
  • Enlarged anal glands
  • Inflamed anal glands


Amazing! No more bad breath, no gas and our dogs poop is solid which eliminated having to go to the vet to have anal glands expelled. I recommended this product to coworkers who also love it! Thanks Bernie!!!! - Vitatherese L.

I was previously taking my dog to the vet regularly for anal gland problems. I have not had to since I've started feeding him Bernie's. The recommended amount is .33 to 1 Tbsp per day. I only have to give him the lowest amount for results. - Roz

More Information About Dog Anal Gland Problems

Anal sac problems are very common in dogs because of poorly formed stool, lack of fiber, poor diet, and a host of other things.

Fiber May Naturally Help Anal Gland Issues

Fiber may aid in bulking up the stool so that when a dog is defecating the stool will apply pressure to the anal glands so that they may express naturally. If the stool is too soft or runny the pressure to release the anal glands is not present and fluid will build up in the sacs. If the stool is to hard or dry the anal glands cannot express properly either. Adding fiber to the diet can bring more water into the stool to prevent constipation thus allowing the anal glands to express naturally.

When all is working correctly with the system the anal glands naturally express themselves through ducts that connect the gland to the outside of the body through the anus. If all is working correctly this is naturally done each time a bowl movement happens

Prebiotics and Probiotics May Naturally help with Anal Gland Issues
Prebiotics and Probiotics introduced into a dog’s diet can help balance the microbiome in the gut so that the food can breakdown and pass through the digestive tract. Prebiotics and probiotics prevent slow passage and fermentation of food through the digestive tract (which may lead to anal gland issues or problems naturally expressing the anal glands).
When a dog has chronic or reoccurring inflammation of the skin due to allergies or an underlying condition, they will often have reoccurring or chronic anal glad problems as well. Prebiotics and probiotics are known to aid in anal gland issues by reducing inflammation due to allergy disorders.

Enzymes Introduced into The Diet May Help with Anal Gland Issues
Enzymes introduced into the dog’s diet help the dog’s system absorb the nutrients from the food he is eating to give the dogs body what it needs. They also increase the passage of food through the digestive system which may prevent anal gland issues.

A Balanced Gut May Help with Anal Gland Issues:
When the sacs become impacted (plugged up) the fluid in the sacs thickens and as a result the sacs will become swollen and protrude out (you will be able to see them). When the sacs become swollen it will become painful for the dog to have a bowel movement. One of the key things to backed up fluid in the sacs is that it is a breeding ground for infection and bacteria overgrowth. Once the bacteria overgrowth worsens abscess (infection) can happen. Bacteria is normally present in dog’s poop. It travels through the ducts into the anal sacs and is emptied out of the system during bowel movements. If the anal sacs are plugged the bacteria isn’t released it can cause infection and abscess.

A balanced gut may help to keep everything working properly and naturally in the digestive tract to aid the dog in naturally expressing their anal glands