No need for a trip to the vet. We show you how to express your dog's anal glands at home. I was taught this method by a vet, so it is a veterinary approved method to empty your dog's anal glands. It is what is known as the external method, as opposed to the internal method of anal gland emptying, which can be slightly trickier and more invasive. Why does my dog smell of fish? Why does my dog scoot on the floor?
How to Empty Your Dog's Anal Glands
What's that Smell? Anal Glands in Pets - Pet Emergency Spokane
Anal gland fluid, whose odor is often compared to smelly fish, creates an unforgettable smell that is difficult to eliminate from your clothes, furniture, or nostrils. Read on to discover why cats and dogs have anal glands, and how to detect common issues with these stinky sacs. Anal glands are located between the internal and external anal sphincter muscles, positioned on opposite sides of the anus. Typically, anal glands contain a thin, brown fluid that is naturally expressed during defecation, coating the stool. If an anal gland becomes impacted for any reason, the thin fluid thickens, turning into a thick, pasty, brown secretion that is difficult to express. When a dog or cat defecates, fluid from the anal glands is released, allowing the pet to mark their territory in a manner other than urinating.
What’s that Smell? Anal Glands in Pets
Dogs can smell like many things, depending on what they have most recently rolled in, but one of the more unpleasant aromas dogs commonly develop is one of fish. If your dog smells like fish, it is probably not because he figured out how to spray himself with Eau de Sardine. A fishy odor is usually the result of secretions from the anal glands. These sacs are full of specialized sweat glands that produce an unpleasant smelling secretion that acts as a scent marker for your dog.
Does your dog emit a fishy odor? So what are anal sacs? The odor actually functions as a scent marker for your dog, and the secretion is released each time your dog poops. It also explains why the familiar dog greeting of a sniff under the tail is so popular!