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dr. fox: the sudden stink: dog anal gland and sac

Dear Dr. FoxPlease let me know the best way to get your dog’s anal glands out without having them pumped by a vet.

My border collie dog, a 2 1/2 year old border collie, has a stomach problem. I took him to the vet knowing he wasn’t feeling well. He had a painful stomach upset and the vet also confirmed that his anal glands were full. She expressed her concern. She never mentioned a temperature.

The next day he was no better so I took him back to see a different vet. He was taken to the vet and his temperature was 104 degrees. She prescribed antibiotics. It took nearly six days for his fever to go away and two weeks to get his strength back. M.W., Vinita, Oklahoma

It is possible for a cat and a dog to live together in the same place. Buzz60’s Keri Lumm has more.

Dear M.W.Dear M.W. We all know about skunks’ anal glands, which have evolved as weapons of defense to spray and confuse/disorient predators. Anal glands are also present in dogs, which could play a part in social communication and territorial marking. The secretions of these glands cover the feces when the dog excretes.

Multiple causes can lead to chronic anal gland or sac problems in dogs. The manual expulsion of the sacs periodically can provide temporary relief for impaction (blockage) but can also cause damage, inflammation, and the persistence of the problem. Dogs will often rub their sides to relieve irritation. This can sometimes remove the blockage. The sacs can often empty from the spot where the dog lies, resulting in a smelly couch or carpet. (The stains are best removed with enzyme cleaners like Nature’s Miracle.)

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