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So I was reading ambull's post about discharge and mik mentioned the possibility of just anal glad secretion. So I started reading up on it... and from what it sounds like, most dogs secrete it either by going #2 or by scooting on the ground.

Well I always thought this smell Kate makes was from her anal glangs but she doesnt scoot. She will just be lying there and this horrid horrid smell comes out of her. It sort of smells organic, like dirt, but horrid in the same way. Definitly had to describe. And then sometimes she will lick the area like on the couch or on the floor where it smells the most. I let her sleep on my bed sometimes and she gets it soooo dirty with this brown color and i have no clue what it is. many of the sites i read on said the secretion could be brownish yellowish color, could this be what is making the stains on my bed spread?

Does it sound like she is having problems with her anal glands and is it something that needs fixed or is it just okay. she doesnt do it ever day and but some days do seem worse when she does do it.
 

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It could be the anal glands secretion. The gland secrets this fluid to lub the anus when a bowel movement is made. Sometimes it does need to released by vet or the dog groomer. It's not painful just a little embarassing.LOL The gland is (I beleave) located just below the base of tail inside of the rectum. Inserting your index finger and applying a little pressure to that area is all that is needed. Warning it is gross (smelly,etc) when done! Since your dog is a female she could have a slight vaginal infection. You may want to call your vet to ask his/her advise.
 

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Josie's Proud Mom said:
It could be the anal glands secretion. The gland secrets this fluid to lub the anus when a bowel movement is made. Sometimes it does need to released by vet or the dog groomer. It's not painful just a little embarassing.LOL The gland is (I beleave) located just below the base of tail inside of the rectum. Inserting your index finger and applying a little pressure to that area is all that is needed. Warning it is gross (smelly,etc) when done! Since your dog is a female she could have a slight vaginal infection. You may want to call your vet to ask his/her advise.
In more detail...if you think it is anal glands then there may be a clogged gland. You can do it yourself...grab a latex glove if you are too scared (LOL) insert your index finger(LUBE IT WITH KY OR PETRO JELLY) up to about the second joint..on your finger... and bring your thumb and index finger together to form a pinch. You should feel a b.b sized , or larger, lump if the gland needs expressed at about 10 and 2 o clock inside the rectum. All you need to do is get behind the gland and squeeze it outward to excrete the fluid from the rectum. Kinda like popping a pimple. It is very smelly. If the fluid is thick and brown then she has an infection and need medical attention. I do Sugars everytime we bath...2-3 times a month unless needed more. Some dogs need them expressed and some will never need it. Good Luck!!
 

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Kate said:
I let her sleep on my bed sometimes and she gets it soooo dirty with this brown color and i have no clue what it is. many of the sites i read on said the secretion could be brownish yellowish color, could this be what is making the stains on my bed spread?
SAME HERE! And it always seems to happen when I just put clean sheets on the bed.. :roll: So as oppose to my other thread, the liquid isn't a whitish discharge it's exactly what Kate described above w/the stinky smell and everything.

Anyone know if it has anything to do w/diet? Are there any signs that she needs them emtied besides, the, well, licking?
 

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I had a Cocker Spaniel for a long time :cry: whom I still miss very much :cry: , and I had to "squeeze the gland" regularly.


The secretions and smell were the same as what you describe about Kate and abby.

Sugar's Mom explained the process exactly right!

If you can't find what you're looking for, go to the vet. There is either a different problem, or they can handle the nastiness for you.........for a fee.

Let us know how it goes!

Bridget
 

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Fina said:
I had a Cocker Spaniel for a long time :cry: whom I still miss very much :cry: , and I had to "squeeze the gland" regularly.


The secretions and smell were the same as what you describe about Kate and abby.

Sugar's Mom explained the process exactly right!

If you can't find what you're looking for, go to the vet. There is either a different problem, or they can handle the nastiness for you.........for a fee.

Let us know how it goes!

Bridget
I don't think I could handle doing it myself. Will it be okay if I just let them come out naturally? In April, i could ask the vet to show me how to do it for a fee and that way I'll know how to do it. Cause I think I know what SugarBear is talking about, but i'm not 100% clear on how to do it and I don't want to make more complications.
 

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I found some answers to a lot of my questions on here http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/behavior/l/aa031104a.htm

Here's the method you guys told me and another way too:
How are anal sacs emptied?
There are basically two methods -- external and internal anal sac expression. External expression is simply pushing gently on the skin over the sacs in an upward motion to empty the contents of the sacs (make sure to have a tissue at the ready!) Internal expression requires a latex glove and inserting your index finger just inside the anal sphincter to aid in pushing out the contents of the sac. This method is best left to your veterinarian to show you the proper technique!
 

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well when I go to the vet for her heartworm I'll definitly get it checked out. Thanx sugar's mom for the info. I would love to do that for her if it's necessary.... mmm the things we do for our dogs! lol but right now I wouldnt feel comfortable doing it by myself without a visual first, like the vet. I've always been that visual type.

But so my next question is.... even tho she doesnt do the scoot thing, you guys still think its her anal glands?
 

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Kate said:
you guys still think its her anal glands?
I don't, in fact, after researching I think that as smelly as it is that it's healthy that they are emptying on there own. YOu could ask your vet though, cause i'm not positive. Also, if you need a visual of wear the anal glands are located, there's a visual on the website I posted.
 

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LuvaBULL said:
Does anyone else feel like throwing up a little bit when they read this??
Least your not sitting there eating dinner and start smelling this god aweful smell like I did last night!?!?!? Can I tell how wonderful it was :roll:
 

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LuvaBULL said:
Does anyone else feel like throwing up a little bit when they read this??
Lol, yeah at first. But being a future vet-tech and all lol, I can deal with it.
 

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Hey you should see some of the stuff I see at work, it's not pretty either. But anal glands?? lol... Oh man, I'm glad my dogs haven't had this problem. *knocks on wood*

Speaking of things I see at work -- you'd be amazed at the things we've removed from patient's butts. Toothbrushes, flashlights, large inanimate objects...vegetation from potatoes. Fun stuff. (Not so fun when they have their colons resected.)
 

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Kate said:
LuvaBULL said:
Does anyone else feel like throwing up a little bit when they read this??
Least your not sitting there eating dinner and start smelling this god aweful smell like I did last night!?!?!? Can I tell how wonderful it was :roll:
Oh man, now I want to throw up! Not much gets to me but the anal glad smell definately does.
 

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Hey you should see some of the stuff I see at work, it's not pretty either. But anal glands?? lol... Oh man, I'm glad my dogs haven't had this problem. *knocks on wood*

Speaking of things I see at work -- you'd be amazed at the things we've removed from patient's butts. Toothbrushes, flashlights, large inanimate objects...vegetation from potatoes. Fun stuff. (Not so fun when they have their colons resected.)
Eww that is nasty. How do you people get those things stuck there? lol...wait...I don't even want to know :?
 

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LOL, no you really don't want to know. Well the one guy said he thought if he put his electric toothbrush up there, it would stop his diarrhea. He was like 80, so who knows. The others... well let's just say "recreation."
 

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LOL, no you really don't want to know. Well the one guy said he thought if he put his electric toothbrush up there, it would stop his diarrhea. He was like 80, so who knows. The others... well let's just say "recreation."
Yeah, ok then. Did you ever hear of rotten.com? They had pictures of a guy you got a jar of grape jelly and a potato stuck up there. Yup, a picture. Ugh.
 

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Oh my Trina you make me laugh and my son (who is 17) is on the other couch groaning that is gross and that we are all weird on this forum.
 

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Oh my Trina you make me laugh and my son (who is 17) is on the other couch groaning that is gross and that we are all weird on this forum.
LOL, I love being weird. It makes everything so colorful. :mrgreen:
 

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I have no clue why someone or how someone gets these things in their butt, however is it even possible to remove them without the patient being injured? Weird question
I know but just curious.
 
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