Updated: Feb 14
Often times we find our little furry friends scooting their bottoms along the floor or worst -- our bed. Whenever this occurs, it's important to keep an eye on them. Scooting and/or licking their bottom is often a sign of them having their anal glands full and may need to be expressed. Our furry friends have two sacs on each side of their anus. Those sacs are in charge of lubricating the anus, marking the poop for identification, some dogs will even expel their glands to deter another dog, and some secrete when they're afraid. Typically, they are suppose to express naturally on their own, however, it does happen that they can backup. In the event of a backup, the risk your fur animal faces is having an anal gland burst open. This uncomfortable and painful burst can create a foul smell and a small hole next to their anus. Should you and your furry member find yourself in this situation, it is important for you to visit a Veterinary as soon as possible for treatment. Preventative care measures you can take is regular grooming (groomers typically routinely express all dogs) or you can do it yourself. Before beginning, you want to make sure you visually inspect the anal area first. If you see any swelling or abnormal conditions stop immediately and take your dog to your trusted veterinarian.
Steps to do it yourself:
Step 1: We recommend you do this in a tub or shower because this could
be a squirty situation.
Step 2: Start by grabbing our buddies tail, with your index finger and thumb on each side of anus (at the 5 o'clock and 7 o'clock position), gently squeeze, and the yellowish to brown in color discharge should expel. If the discharge is any other color we recommend you take your dog to your trusted veterinarian.
This discouraging task is actually quite easy and fast. It's also very relieving for your furry little member. Should you still not feel comfortable doing it yourself, not to worry, I know a groomer.
Have you had to deal with any anal gland issues with your dogs? How do you feel about expressing your own dog? Share with us below any tips or tricks you do to maintain your dogs health.