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    Hi sorry for the disgusting nature of this topic. Molly has some stuff squirt out of her bum last night when she stretched out, not poo though. It was very foul smelling and a bit fishy!! She is fine otherwise but has been licking her bum a lot today. I have heard its probably coming from her anal sac??? Should I be taking her to the vet? As I said she still eats, drinks and plays normally.

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    Our little cross Westie had this problem and oh boy did it smell.
    I never went to the vets after the first time they were squeezed.
    Once was way too much. And I think it can be a little painful for the dog to have this done.
    But our dog was a sook so I really don't know if other breeds handle this better.
    But I will not go to the vets for that to be done on any dog.

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    Sometimes dogs need a bit of help getting their skunk glands emptied. Or anal sacs. There is youtube video of how to do it if you really want TMI.

    My dog doesn't so far - hers seems to be done when she craps. A friends dog got very fishy smelling when having an enthusiastic play date with my dog and she took him to the vet to get done. If I ever had the same problem with my dog - I would be quite happy to pay someone else to do it. I really don't want to do it myself. Ever.

    We had an old family dog that was going to the vet once a month to get done, and eventually mum got sick of it, and asked if there was something else we could do - and that was to have the glands removed - which was done.

    But ideally - they empty naturally and you don't go to the vet to get it done and you don't get them removed. I think it's possible that doing it artificially - causes it to need doing artificially more and more often, ie it breaks the natural system some how.

    And there may be some other way to get them going naturally - diet maybe - but that would be a good question for the vet.

    As far as I know - it's not life threatening - just outrageously stinky.

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    What are the purpose of these sac's, anyone ?
    My first thought on it would be something to do with mating.

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    Hi Ridstars

    My guess is that it is about marking territory. Some dogs use pee and crap to mark territory and the glands add to this.

    It may also be an evolutionary relic - ie dogs needed them more before they met humans. Skunks took the anal sac evolution to new extremes. And their purpose is mainly about repelling other animals not attracting them.

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    Sounds good as it seems to be the right answer on this.

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    had an appetite before i read this haha. Does this problem cause the dog any pain or stress? Other than stinking up the place does it have any adverse side effects? I'll stick to my aftershave to attract potential mates i think!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeDG View Post
    had an appetite before i read this haha. Does this problem cause the dog any pain or stress? Other than stinking up the place does it have any adverse side effects? I'll stick to my aftershave to attract potential mates i think!!!!
    IT can be quite uncomfortable and I had a friend whose dog had an anal gland explode, they came home to quite a smelly mess and a very very sore dog that required vet treatment.

    If you have ever seen a dog scooting its arse along the ground, this is usually a sign that their anal glands need expressing (they are trying to express is themselves by dragging their butt on the ground), the foul smell is also a good indicator.

    Neither of my dogs have ever needed it luckily.
    Last edited by Keira & Phoenix; 10-26-2011 at 12:18 PM.

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    I don't think I'd be tolerating the rotting fish smell around me for very long. It really is BAD. And if the dog is stinking like that - something is wrong so I'd be off to the vet for sure.

    That's if feeding lots of fibre (a couple of carrots) didn't fix the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I don't think I'd be tolerating the rotting fish smell around me for very long. It really is BAD. And if the dog is stinking like that - something is wrong so I'd be off to the vet for sure.

    That's if feeding lots of fibre (a couple of carrots) didn't fix the problem.
    I have heard pumpkin is another good one to help the issue.

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