The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : If Your Dog Smells Bad - It Could Be Their Anal Glands The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : If Your Dog Smells Bad - It Could Be Their Anal Glands

Thursday, November 1, 2018

If Your Dog Smells Bad - It Could Be Their Anal Glands


This is the most common cause of doggie odor that won't go away. Anal sacs are two small scent-sacs in the area of the anus. These are a type of "marking" glands. When a dog has a bowel movement, these sacs are normally squeeze, and a very smelly, oily secretion is released with the feces.

If these sacs become infected or impacted, problems result. This can be a very painful situation when they become infected. If a dog is scared or overly excited, these glands can secrete the smelly, oily substance on the surrounding fur, causing bad odor.

If you choose to do so, your veterinarian can show you how to check and even empty the anal sacs at home to prevent problems with odor. Always consult with your veterinarian if your notice an odd odor or anything "not quite right" with your pet. An ounce of prevention is definitely better than a pound of cure.




                                               Diagram showing location a of dog's anal sacs


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