Q. My pitbull has a swollen anus and has a very full anal glands. What causes this and what should I do

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A. Anal gland problems are very common and result from a lack of impulses to empty them, stool quality, muscle tone and reduced territorial marking issues all contribute to such problems. Your veterinary technician can empty them for you and adding fiber and a high quality diet can all help to reduce recurrence. A simple surgery to widen the exit of then gland can help if this becomes an ongoing cause of discomfort

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