Does your dog have a horrible fishy odour that won’t go away even when you have washed him?
This lingering smell is probably coming from your dog’s anal glands
They are small glands found either side of your dog’s anal opening. They are not present in humans. These glands produce a foul smelling liquid that is
excreted for territorial marking. These glands are the very reason why dogs sniff each other’s bums when they meet. Each smell is unique to each dog.
Skunks have maintained control of their anal glands and can choose when to expel them but dogs can no longer do this (thank goodness!).
Dogs can empty their glands under stress but the glands usually empty when the dog has a normal firm poo. This puts the gland under pressure and it
will empty. The anal gland fluid produced by the gland also ensures normal passage of the faeces from the body; lubricating its passage out.
If the dog’s glands don’t empty regularly because their faeces is too soft the fluid builds up and can become infected and over time lead to abscesses.
Being aware of your dog’s bottom is a good idea and noticing changes early can help prevent problems.
Most dogs tend not to have problems but it is better to be aware……
Signs, other than the smell, may be…
· Licking or biting their bum
· Chasing their tail
· Sitting awkwardly
· Paw licking (frustration)
You should not attempt to express anal glands unless you have been professionally trained to do so.
If there is swelling around your dog’s bottom or the smell is particularly pungent then seek vet’s advice.
As part of regular grooming at The Dog House we can keep an eye on glands and regularly express them for you (and your dog!)
Please discuss this with us at your next appointment.
We only charge £5.00 as part of a full groom and this can prevent a lot of suffering for your dog and a big vets bill should abscesses develop.