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Q: Does your dog have anal gland problems?

October 23, 2008 | By Alicia S. | 14 answers | Expired: 2233 days ago

Alicia S.

My dog has a problem with her anal glands I think. All of a sudden I'll smell this foul odor and I'll see that she is "leaking from her butt" as I call it. She is spayed and she is a year old. I researched online and apparently her glands are not emptying when they are supposed to. So, you are supposed to empty them for the dog or have a vet do it. Anyone else faced with this type of problem? I'm not sure what to do here. If she needs to see a vet or if I should just let her be as it doesn't happen too often.

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Xtheexploited1x
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Oct 23, 2008

Its actually pretty common, especially with aging dogs. Normally when they poop the anal glands release that foul smelling liquid as a lubricant. Its an easy fix though. You just need to take them to the vet to get them squeezed. He may even teech you how to do it yourself if you're up to it. lol. Hope I helped a little bit

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Linda C.
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Oct 23, 2008

My mother-in-law's Pekinese had this problem for years. We ended up just expressing the glands ourselves (or I should say, I did!). It's really not hard - just a bit gross. Use a glove, and the glands are at roughly 6:00 and 8:00 if the dog's anus was a clock (someone correct me if I'm wrong on this - it's been years since I did this). You gently insert your finger into the dog's anus, and squeeze against the rectal wall. The smell is nasty but it does solve the problem and avoids a vet visit. Passing firm stool generally empties these glands naturally (this is part of the scent that other dogs smell on stool on the ground), but if your dog has soft stools (the Peke did), it prevents the glands from emptying, thus the problem. I'd suggest taking your dog to the vet and being instructed as to the correct procedure to empty them. Then, you're on your own! Good luck.

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beverly y.
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Oct 23, 2008

my dog lady had that problem i took her to the vet she had an infection

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