Ok, I have posted before about Beulah's stinky bum, and I just keep wondering...
I had her anal glands expressed a few weeks ago at the vets,and the vet said they didn't look to bad and were only partially full. Vet seemed like it was no big problem. (she's a black lab) But she does scoot. Usually one scoot after she poos. (She lasted one week after they were expressed)
The main thing is she STINKS! Now, this is where it gets gross....... the vet taught me how to feel the glands to see if they were too full, and I am not really any good and knowing if I am feeling the right thing. But, it isn't like leaky. I mean, after I feel, there is nothing on my hands. I kinda thought it would be on my hands, or at least my hand would REEK! But that wasn't the case. Just our living room reeks!
Do they spray this stuff somewhere? Or does it release if she passes gas? And how do I know it's her anal sacs? Could her uh... "girl parts" be stinking?
LOL. I am sorry everyone, I am a grown woman and still say things like "girl parts"!! But her bum smells like rotting fish and I just gotta get to the "bottom" of this. HA HA.. I couldn't resist.
I'll try to tackle this one.. Its pretty easy really to express anal glands. As a groomer I always did it in the tub and just washed it away. Using a paper towel works too or getting a box of surgical gloves. To express the gland you have squeeze gently and pull away from the dog. Its definately something someone should show you. I am not sure why your dog has this problem but, I found a couple of online articles that may help. The anal sac should empty on its own during a bowel movement and if its not there is something wrong. According to these articles diet can play a part. good luck
It shouldn't be her girl parts, if it is she has a bad infection and needs treatment. It probably has more to do with what your feeding her, and that she's a lab. I'm not kidding, labs are stinky farting fools, they can bring tears to a hells Angels eyes. Try switching to food without corn, I know that can cause some dogs flautulence
But it's not like stinky farts.. it's stinky fishy oily smell that doesn't come in waves like a fart. If you put your nose up by her, she smells like fish sauce!
When the vet expressed her glands last time, Beulah did not like it. She yelped and got mad. So, I do not really wanna do it myself. Thank you though, for explaining how, maybe over time I can learn. I'll have the vet do it a few more times and I'll watch.
Other than the anal glands issue..... could it be anything else? I mean, a fishy smell coming from your bum is pretty specific, I would think!! But, I just don't know if it COULD be something else and I'm jumping to conclusions.
i was reading this and all i have to say is...eeeewwwww! do all dogs have these? and why is it you only here of some dogs needing them tended to? just wondering. i have a lab and never had to do any of this and now i have a pug/beagle mix. will i have to do this to my mix? because, uh, i don't think i would have the stomach to do this. i would have to go take it to be done by a professional. i could barely change my children's diapers without gagging, LOL. i have a very sensitive sniffer!
*warning: Someone explicit and gross directions below* I had to comment on this. I am all too familiar with the anal gland issue. My husband refuses to do the dirty deed of expressing the glands, but he's "doing his part" by holding our boys collar. The vet taught us how to do this, and it's really rather simple, but again, kinda gross. Get a glove, some lubricant (vasaline is fine) and using one finger, insert just inside the rectum. At about 8 O'clock and 4 O'clock you'll feel little bulbs.. about the size of a pea. Might be larger on your dog because he'd be larger than mind. With the thumb pressed on the outside, and the finger on the inside pressed on the inside, you kinda squeeze it like a pimple starting from the bottom of the gland, and moving your inner finger up.. You should be able to feel it emptying. It's a really smelly process. The "stuff" that comes out is mostly a liquidy texture, but there can be some creamy "chunks" in it.
This situation is not that uncommon, but the vet told us that his waste is probably not firm enough to express the glands naturally. Adding fiber (pumpkin is good) to his diet can help.
As for the fishy stinky smell. When your dog is scooting her butt she is basically emptying her anal glands on whatever surface she is scooting on. Something there is bothering her. The smell is probably because she is rubbing it into the fur near her anus. Normally these glands empty during elimination (pooping) but, her's are obviously not working right. Get a wash cloth with some soapy water and wash her butt and the area around there. seems pretty simple. Your vet needs to help you find the underlying cause as to why she is having this issue.
eeewww! now that my bagel and coffee are up here sitting in my throat, thanks for the details, LOL! UGH! hope this never comes to pass here in my house, i don't know if i can handle it. good luck to all who do though! UGH, again!
My dog gets the same fishy smell when she needs to be expressed so I had my vet teach me to express the anal glands internally, but I had a difficult time pressing hard enough to expel the "yuck". When she did it, the stuff just went everywhere and smelled terrible. I'll stick with having the groomer or vet do it.
I have been attempting to firm up her stools in the last few months, I will buy some pumpkin and see if that does the trick. And other fibery things. I'll read up on it.
As for expelling it myself..... I really COULD do it, I mean, after I learn I think I can stomach that. I don't get grossed out too easily if it is something I have to do. The only thing I may not be able to handle is her yelping. She screamed when the vet did it to her and I don't wanna do it if it makes her that uncomfortable. The vet said some dogs react differently to it. Maybe the vet was too rough.. I dunno. I would rather she associate someone else with hurting her bum! :)
Again, thanks for all the help! I also had never heard of this until I got my own dog (the other dogs in my life officially belonged to someone else) But no other dog I have met ever smelled like fish sauce.
The externaly method is easier and less messy. Put on some gloves and get some paper towels. Put your dog in the tub so you can wash her directly after the procedure. Put the paper towel on her anus. Feel for a grape like susbtance. Squeeze the grape and the gland should secrete. Wash her. It's that simple. Dogs tolerate the external method better. I mean hey put yourself in her position...which would you prefer.
Well you don't squeeze very hard or you will rupture an anal sac. If you are unsure you shouldn't do it. It's not worth it. It's very easy to do. Ask the vet or a groomer to show you how to do it externally. If you still feel uneasy then maybe someone in your household can do it. By the way, if you don't clean out her anal glands when necessary they can get infected and sometimes they may even need surgery.
HenchWench...ROFL....You got a way w/ words!LOL! I would just take her to the vets or groomers and have them do it. I dont think I could stomach that. Our dogs have never had an issue w/ the problem before. Could it be that the dogs gland has a mal-function?
Although it would be nice to be able to do it externally, with some dogs/anal glands, you just can't do it. On my boy, it has to be pinched on the inside and outside.
Of course, have your vet show you how to do it. There is a way to angle your finger, and cup your hand so that it does not go everywhere, but it's too hard to try to explain that online. Now if I had video.. hehe.. but you wouldn't want to see that.
As for the dogs comfort, this must be different for every dog as well, cause my boy barely notices AT ALL.
I personally choose to do this myself because Lincoln could go anywhere from 2 weeks to a month until he needs it done again. The vet charges this as a "special" visit, at $40 a pop, or two pops I suppose. It's really not difficult to do once you get it down. Saves money and my home, because Lincoln will either try to lick his own butt clean (when it gets leaky), and then his breath reeks, or he'll leak all over the couch, bed linens, clean clothes, etc... and then he'll try to lick where he leaked. Dogs love stinky things.