It all started with a couple of posts elsewhere. Check them out, then come back here and we'll continue: 1 and 2
So from what I understand, there is from time to time a necessity to express the contents of the anal glands manually, and it can be a DIY procedure rather than a series of expensive trips to the vet, as long as you know what you are doing.
First, it helps to understand where these anal sacs are located. So I have taken it upon myself to locate a handy illustration, as well as some other helpful Q&A stuff. And if you want additional answers, you can find plenty of helpful message boards out there. For best results, make sure you are posting your question on the correct board, otherwise confusion might ensue. If you find this to be unpleasant, realize you are not alone.
OK, looks simple enough. I believe I can find those.
It is probably a good idea to pop on a latex glove, you know.. just in case. I mean, try it bare-handed if you want to, but since this is my first demonstration and I am not familiar with the outcome, I'm going to play it safe.
Now, the next step is to hoist up the feline which is in need of having those anal glands expressed. Oh yes, I believe those swollen anal glands are plainly visible. This should be a piece of cake.
Oops, what I thought were anal sacs might have actually been his balls, or what's left of them. Sorry, Tot; my mistake.
I have a feeling there's going to be hell to pay for this little exercise.
At this point, I'd suggest you stop, have a Girl Scout cookie, and some chocolate, and try again. (It may taste fishy; that's perfectly normal.)
Or maybe seek the instruction of a qualified and trained vet, or anal sac technician before attempting this on your own.
(I ate that cookie, by the way.)
And you dog owners, you are not exempt from this phenomenon either, so stop laughing.
Lesson over. Happy Friday.