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    For the past 2-3 months I've noticed that Milo's bum really stinks once a month. He licks it and there's brown liquid oozing out of his bumhole and a bit stuck on his tail. The smell is terrible when you get about 50cm distance of him.

    Normally when I wipe his bottom with tissue, he is ok with it. But whenever I wipe his bum when this happens, he runs away.

    Does this call for a vet trip? Does it have anything to do with his anal glands?

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    Sounds like anal glands to me, I had one dog that went to the vets every couple of weeks to get the squeezed, they smell awful.

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    It does sound as though its a gland issue.
    A vet trip is going to be the only way to be sure though

    edited to add ; oh and yes,just the thought of the smell from the anal glands is enough to turn my stomach...tis not nice nor a very easy smell to forget
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    When I bath my dogs, I try to express anal glands. My dogs does not seem to have any.At a yearly check up our vet does the same but nothing happens. Then rarely but when they are relaxed in front of the fire or sleeping next to us in the couch the smelly stuff (one or two drops) comes out. Has anyone experienced the similar situation?
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    One of Frosty's best doggy friends and herself were doing zoomies around the couches at friends place - and presently there was this gawd awful smell of rotting fish. Turned out to be doggy friend's anal glands - vet trip sorted it. No idea why.

    Very occasionally Frosty smells like that and I get worried but so far it's gone away of it's own. I notice when she craps - she usually finishes the pile with a couple of drips - and I hope that's her anal glands expressing themselves.

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    It goes away by itself after a few hours, and rarely happens. It just happened again last night so I posted. He doesn't do any of the dragging the bum around thing. When it does happen, he would be sleeping, then suddenly licking his bum. Does it have anything to do with his diet?

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    Might have something to do with his diet. Not sure. Ie if you could just feed the right thing to a dog and the anal glands would be fine - I think we'd all do it. I think the poo consistency might have more to do with it. Ie just firm enough to squeeze the gland but not so firm that things clag up. And not completely soft all the time.

    And I think tinned food is a major contributor to smelly dog farts. Especially PAL.

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    Phewwww....




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    It is natural and normal unless it is excessive or there is redness, swelling or puss.

    Dogs anal sacs are designed to produce fluid. They will automatically express fluid when they are squeezed (either manually or by feaces passing out through the rectum), when in fear or when agitated and sometimes 'just because'.

    The anal sacs are part of how a dog marks its territory and every dog has its own distinct smell. This is why dogs sniff each other's butts. It is also claimed that dogs can produce this fluid on call when they want to mark an area.

    Normally, they are expressed through toileting but if their droppings are too small or soft this doesn't happen often enough and they may need to be expressed manually. Some dogs also produce more than normal and others are prone to them being compacted and so they must be manually expressed.

    A word of advice though - the more that is expressed, the more that is produced. Think carefully before doing it as part of your normal grooming regime as I often see recommended on forums.
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