Why My Dog Smells Bad Even After Bath: What Should I Do To Prevent

Why My Dog Smells Bad Even After Bath: What Should I Do To Prevent

May 17, 2011 | Dog Diseases | Leave a Comment |

Pet owners may help their dogs in emptying the anal sacs. Anal glands enable the dog to carry their unique signature scent, but these glands need to be cleaned consistently. These glands serve as the primary identification of the pet dog whenever the canine is socializing with some peers.

Why My Dog Smells Bad

  • Anal glands are located on either side of the anus.
  • The anal sacs contain brown, oily substance that carries a foul smell.
  • This is the reason why dogs sniff each other’s rears if they meet for the first time; the stinky substance is actually the dog’s signature scent.
  • It is no surprise then, that some dog smells bad even after bath. This only means that the anal sacs have to be emptied of the foul liquid.

My Dog Smells Bad What Can I Do

Though it is typical for dogs to express the sacs themselves during defecation, they may need extra help especially if their digestive system is working poorly or if their stool is not firm enough to facilitate expressing the liquid from the glands.

There are two ways to extract the foul liquid from the dog’s glands:

  1. External manner. This entails squeezing the anal glands from either side of the rectal area, with a rag carefully draped on the pet’s anus to receive the liquid.
  2. Internal manner. This entails inserting a lubricated gloved finger inside the anus of the dog to squeeze the sacs from within.

Pet owners may bring their pet canine to a dog groomer or a vet to do either of the procedures if they do not have the stomach for such a task.

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What most people do not know is that the dog’s anal sacs, which carry the dog’s signature scent, are actually found near the rectal opening of the canine. These dog glands smell because they contain an oily fluid that’s unpleasant to humans. To dogs however, the anal glands and the smell it emanates serve as their identifying mark when they are among canine friends.

Dog Glands Cleaning

It is important that pet owners know how to clean the anal sacs of their dog. They may bring the dog to a veterinary clinic or a dog groomer every time, but this may turn out to be expensive in the long run. It is easy to clean dog glands, as long as the pet owner has a tough stomach and a strong love for the pooch. There are two ways to clean anal sacs:

  • External manipulation.
  • Internal manipulation.

External cleaning of the anal sacs consists of the following procedures:

  • Locate the anal sacs of the dog by feeling the anal area with one’s fingers.
  • Place a cloth or rag on the anus of the dog.
  • Squeeze the anal sacs empty of the smelly oil.

Meanwhile, internal cleaning of the dog glands entails the following steps:

  • Don a lubricated glove.
  • Cover the dog’s anus with a cloth or a rag.
  • Insert a gloved finger in the dog’s anus.
  • Squeeze the anal sacs using one’s thumb and forefinger.
  • Repeat the procedure on the other anal sac.

Anal sacs need to be emptied periodically so that dogs may not develop impaction, infection and abscesses on this area of their body.  When such ailments would develop, serious discomfort and alarming symptoms may result to surgical removal of the glands, if the condition worsens.

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What are Anal Glands?

Anal glands carry the signature scent of dogs. These two sacs, located in the anus, are filled with brown liquid that serves as the dog’s ID, as an indication of fear, and as a territorial mark among canines. It is released when the dog defecates and when the sphincter muscle in the rectum contracts, in response to certain stimuli.

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Anal gland problems in dogs reportedly result from the kind of food that a dog ingests. If the canine is served dishes that result to soft stools, it may have a hard time emptying its anal sacs.  It is important for dogs to pass firm stool in order to express their anal sacs efficiently.

If the dog is suffering from impacted anal glands, the canine may be seen scooting along surfaces in an attempt to empty its anal sacs. Impactions in the gland occur when the sacs are not emptied in a normal manner.

If the dog is suffering from infected anal glands, the following symptoms manifest:

  • the presence of blood or pus in the canine’s bodily secretions;
  • signs of rectal pain; and
  • the presence of abscess  in the sacs which result to a swollen and reddened anus.

Treating this condition entails two options:

  • Emptying the anal sacs manually by milking the fluid out of the glands; and
  • Surgical removal of the anal glands if impaction and infection recur.

Pet owners may choose to do the first type of treatment by themselves, or with the help of veterinary professionals. The second treatment of course, entails the expert hands of the veterinarian.

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Anal Sac Disease

First, what is an anal sac?

  • The anal sac is that little sac between the dog’s external and internal anal sphincters. This sac holds an oily, smelly material which is secreted by dogs to mark their territory. It is also the scent that dogs smell when they meet each other.
  • This anal sac has two openings that make possible the secretion of the material when passing stool or for marking the territory.

Sometimes, this anal sac will be impacted or at times plugged. This could lead to the disease.

Anal Sac Disease

  • When the dog defecates, the anal sac will squeeze liquid unto the hard stool. Because this is done on a regular basis, the liquid in the sac is constantly used and does not build up.
  • Now, it becomes a problem when the dog has soft stools. It is extremely difficult to press on the soft stool so that the sac could not relieve itself of some liquid. However, the body continues to create the liquid. This will cause a build up that would soon have to be released before the sac ruptures. This is the reason why owners would notice their dogs scooting across the floor, rubbing their anus unto the floor.
  • It is also possible that the anal sac has been impacted.
  • Infection can also cause the disease. When bacteria are the culprit, often, there would be pus on or near the affected area.
  • Sometimes, the sac does ruptures and could discharge both pus and blood.

How to Treat Canine Anal Sac Disease

  • If still mild and tolerable, the sac will be expressed or squeeze manually to release fluid from the sac. Surgical drainage is also possible.
  • If the problem is complicated or chronic, surgical removal may be an option.
  • Medication will be provided to prevent infection and recurrence.