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Cat anal gland abscess also known as a perianal abscess , a cat anal gland abscess can be very uncomfortable for the feline. Anal glands are used to help with defecation and also provides a unique smell which can be used to identify an individual feline. An infection may only be the beginning of the problem if our cat has problems with their anal glands. If our cat has liquid coming from their anus as described in the previous section, we should take a look at the gland itself. When the gland becomes red, then purple as well as enlarged, we can suspect an abscess has formed. When bacteria build up in the anal sacs, it can cause an infection. It can become so painful and itchy that your cat may show signs of fear or anger. Its important to treat an infection right away or it may turn into an abscess. Cats have anal glands which produce fluid into sacs that are located on either side of the anus. This fluid is assumed to be a scent marker that is useful in delineating territory. Anal sac disorders involve impaction of anal sac fluid, inflammation of the sac(s), and abscess of the sac(s), which can lead to anal gland rupture. Impaction is the most commonly occurring type of anal gland disorder. The anal sacs are two small pouches located on either side of the anus at approximately the four oclock and eight oclock positions. The walls of the sac produce a foul smelling fluid which is released whenever the cat passes a bowel movement. The anal sacs or their ducts can become inflamed or infected due to a variety of causes. i had the terrible misfortune of finding out my 7 year old girl had an abcess anal gland about 3 days ago. I had to wait till the next day to even get her into the vet and by that time the abscess was huge, thankfully i have animal experience and a life of. The anal sacs--more appropriately the anal glands--are sometimes impacted or infected by bacteria. The condition affecting the felines anal glands can soon worsen and result in an anal sac abscess or rupture, which requires prompt veterinary attention. Anal sac disease is the most common disease entity of the anal region in dogs. Apocrine gland adenocarcinomas of the anal sac are typically seen in older female dogs. The merck veterinary manual was first published in 1955 as a service to the. If the anal glands are inflamed or infected, they become swollen and tender. Your cat may try to relieve the irritation by scooting his rear on the ground or frequently biting or licking at it. Your veterinarian can express, or empty, the contents of the anal glands and treat for infection, if needed. in this vetgirl online veterinary continuing education video, we demonstrate how to flush and treat an anal gland abscess in a dog.