Hello, I'm new to this forum as well as being new to owning a dog. I have a year old black lab. I have a lot of questions, but a recent situation has led me to this forum to get some input. Two days ago, the wind was really strong and blew the screen door closed on my dogs tail. He cried of course, but his tail did not seem to be injured. We did notice that he began to have a stench from his back side. There was some dark liquid on the door, so we thought maybe we was scared into an accident. We washed the surface and gave him a bath. We just got home from the store today and my boyfriend noticed a smell from his kennel. There was nothing in the kennel, but again his tail and back side just stink. I didn't know if anyone had any input about this situation. I'm going to be in contact with the vet on Monday, but was just looking for some ideas before then.
Also, I have read about the anal glands, but he is not rubbing on the floor, so I was wondering if that is still a possibility?
Thanks in advance!
Anal glands is a good possiblity. They do not have to rub on the floor. I would wash him around his hind end back of legs etc and see if that helps. If the door closed on him the scare could have caused him to release his anal glands.
Sandie, Tank 5/25/1998 - 07/08/2011, Orson & Sully
So, if they were released during the door incident should we take him to the vet? Could that cause the smell to linger 2 days later and after a bath?
Anal glands really stink. if oyour dog's behaviour is ok I.e. normal then the vet's visit shouldn't be necessary.
If the dog is in distress then get to the vet.
Here is a video on how to clear the anal glands. I haven't done it myself, but it doesn't look so hard. Hope it helps.
Video: How to Express a Dog's Anal Gland | eHow.com
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Sounds like anal glands.. I would suggest a trip to the vet to get it checked out. Sometimes an infection requires medications, not just expressing the glands.
Thank you all for your input! I really appreciate it!
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In the past when Nellie has had some anal gland problems I've given her a couple tablespoons of canned pumpkin (roughage) in her food. Buy the unspiced plan pumpkin in a can.
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