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Q: Does your dog have anal gland problems?

October 23, 2008 | By Alicia S. | 14 answers | Expired: 2232 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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Heather
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Oct 23, 2008

A dog fed a proper diet having normal bowl movements should not have issues with their anal glands. Ask the vet to examine her, and take a fecal sample. For the vet to examine as well. I would attempt to get a very fresh and intact as possible sample. Some dogs have issues with their anal glands, but it is the exception rather than the rule. Between the dogs i have had, and all the dogs at the shelter I have not met a dog that HAD to have its glands expressed. Honestly, I think sometimes it is recommended as a service basically as an up charge. If you vet says it must be done, ask to be shown how to do the procedure. I hope your problems clear up! Anal secretions are pretty nasty.

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Denise E.
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Oct 23, 2008

I had a problem with a male dog that was solved very easily. As others have noted, a dog's anal glands should be expressed by a veterinary professional. Each year when my dogs are in for "check ups" and regular vaccinations, they are expressed. This has prevented any further problems.

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D W.
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Oct 23, 2008

I had two dogs that had a problem with the anal glands filling.

One of my dogs had no sign that these glands were filled and wound up with an infection that actually burst. It was painful and took a while to go away. Two years later it happened again. It was obvious that she was going to have a chronic problem with them, so after the infection went away I had the glands removed.

The other has a problem with them filling up, that's when she scoots around on her bottom. I take her to the Vet every other month to have them expressed so that she does not wind up with a painful problem. I know that it is possible for people to do this themselves when shown how, but be warned the fluid that comes out has a strong and awful odor.

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BooBean
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Oct 23, 2008

My dog also has a problem with her anal glands. My vet says that when your dog poops the anal glands are expressed, but not all dogs are this lucky. She said that when we see Lexy licking her butt or dragging her butt on the floor, it is a sign that her anal glands need expressed. If a dogs anal glands are not expressed, the dog ends up in with an uncomfortable pain. So, we can either take her to the vet every month and they will express them for us for $12, or we can do it ourselves. We have decided to do it ourselves, it is a little stinky, but only takes a few minutes. I would have your vet teach you how and it will save your dog a lot of pain and save you a lot of gas money going to the vet once a month. Our dog always looks so much happier after the "procedure". 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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Ashley  E.
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Oct 23, 2008

I would have a vet take a look at your pet first to make sure that is the problem... if it is have them show you the proper way of expressing your dog’s anal glands. Then if you feel comfortable enough you should be able to do it yourself at home, just be prepared it can be a bit messy and has a very foul odor

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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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Anonymous
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Oct 23, 2008

This is something your vet should diagnose the first time as it often is impacted and/or infected by the time the owner of the dog notices the problem. After your vet diagnosis the problem, you can make appointments with either the vet tech to have the (EAG) "Express Anal Glands" and some groomers will do it too before bathing. It is a good idea to have your dog bathed after the EAG as it is rather smelly. Some breeds need to have this done regularly and some dogs have a one time problem, so this is definitely something a doctor who has examined your dog needs to decide. Some vets will teach you how to do it at home.

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Liane M.
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Oct 23, 2008

I would get to the vet as soon. Each of my dogs had a ruptured anal gland, which is quite painful, they had to be flushed by vet and I had to give antibiotics. Now I keep an eye on it and have them expressed by the vet from time to time. I think diet (I put a tablespoon of oat bran in their food every morning) and exercise can play a part in preventing the problem. Make sure they do their business on a regular basis.

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Kim G.
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Oct 23, 2008

Our dog has same problem occasionally. We have her groomed regularly and the groomer takes care of this. I sympathize. It smells!

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