Stinky Little Rump

This may be an odd question but the past few days our little guy has had a really stinky bottom. Stool is normal and he seems to be happy and healthy except for the back end. Man does it smell bad. If he sits on the couch he leaves a stink stamp. I've wiped him down but within a few hours the smell is back :eek:

I made a joke the other day to Alex about how I want to tie one of those car freshner trees to his tail to keep his back end pine fresh. 😃

Anyone elses B have this problem and what do you do to fix it.

It's probably what we call, "butt juice". And man, does it stink! His anal glands probably need to be expressed. You can either take him to the vet and have it done, approximately $11– or you can do it at home. Go get either paper towels or toilet paper and stand with him in between your legs... with the stinky end facing you- I usually keep my dogs in place with my legs around their back hips... although they are used to it and don't move anyways...

Okay, so if you squeeze gently around 4pm and 8pm, you'll probably feel two little marble size glands-- push them up and together and chances are you'll see and smell some pretty nasty results. Don't squeeze too aggressively because you'll end up hurting them... but hopefully that will get the trick done ... at least for a while. Good luck!! Ick!! 🙂

Seems like most of our puppies have gone thru a stage where their anal glands seem like they are in overdrive. Maybe it has to do with hormones, and the glands reaching adult status? Anyhow, it has passed witin a couple weeks (no pun intended!). We keep the baby wipes handy. Personally, I really hesitate to express glands manually, because I think that makes them dependant on being expressed, unlikely to do the job they were supposed to do on their own. I know some dogs have physical problems that mandate they have human intervention….but most dogs' bodies should regulate their own anal glands naturally.

Sometimes adding fiber (pumkin) can help too. Or switching to a food with more fiber? Maybe even the adult formula of whatever chance is eating might have more fiber.

BDawg1005-well put. It's exactly butt juice. Eeewwww!
I am a little hesitant in trying to express his anal glands since I have never done this before. I will take him to the vet and watch first. Hopefully in time it will go away but man oah man does his back end stink!

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@Vanessa626:

If he sits on the couch he leaves a stink stamp. :eek:

I made a joke the other day to Alex about how I want to tie one of those car freshner trees to his tail to keep his back end pine fresh. 😃

ROFL-LOL!! 😃 😃 OH - Vanessa! You are too funny! How original are these phrases. Glad I haven't had this problem - but if I do, now I'll know what the problem might be! This really cracked me up. Hope Chance will be feeling better soon and the air once again is freshy fresh. 😃

@Quercus:

Personally, I really hesitate to express glands manually, because I think that makes them dependant on being expressed, unlikely to do the job they were supposed to do on their own. I know some dogs have physical problems that mandate they have human intervention….but most dogs' bodies should regulate their own anal glands naturally.

Sometimes adding fiber (pumkin) can help too. Or switching to a food with more fiber? Maybe even the adult formula of whatever chance is eating might have more fiber.

My thoughts exactly! I don't express them either. I groom dogs and have put into my ad that I won't do this because I feel it makes them dependent on anal expession.

My Savannah has that problem. We call it metal butt. It smells like metal or something. I notice that she gets it when she doesn't poop in the evening. It's bad. Talker had it when he was younger but he grew out of it. But Savannah (4 years old) still gets it. She's never had her glands express. I wonder if maybe I should do that. Interesting….

Weeh does it stink. My B has a stinky bottom now. It's like fish mixed with metal. Second time he gets it but it does go away on it's own. My husband said it was gas but I had read on one of the threads before and told him it was his anal glands. My daughter thought that was a funny thing. Anyway it does shoot right up your noise. Stinky stinky. Champ kind of keeps looksing at his butt like what the heck is that smell and then he licks..yuck. Didn't get a chance to see how he was this morning, hopfully for all our noses sake, he will be back to normal.

While many of you might not think it is a good idea to express the glands, I have a different opinion of that… Only because I have seen anal glands that have become infected... while diet does help, it doesn't help all dogs... so keep an eye on them for infection... I do express my dogs that need it... always have....

YIKES, I'm afraid to do that. Can you post a demo on the procedure..lol. It sounds funny but I would have no idea how that can be done.

LOL… no your Vet can show you... I don't think my better half would want to do the video... LOL

I'm not saying all dogs don't need it-I just prefer not to start if I don't have to. Pat's right-seeing an infected gland is not a pretty sight. And if mine need it it gets done.

I think I'll just have my vet do Savannah. I hear that it smells pretty bad. I think I could do without that experience. 🙂

Yes indeed it does!!!! And most only need it done once in a great while… but there are some that really have problems... that is when people will learn to do it themselves... Most Vets have the "techs" do it.. gggg.... and those are the ones that many times will show an owner....

The anal glands can definitely smell when they need to be drained. I would let my vet do it…of course that is my preference. I had a cocker and every time she was groomed her glands were milked by the groomer. My Jojo goes back to the vet in Sept. and I am going to have her glands checked. Good luck...

I will continue to pay the $14 dollars that the vet charges me so that I never have to do this. I asked the vet to show me and I about choked on the smell and the um, outcome. I think that having the vet continue to do this is the best $14 I spend every couple of weeks (Chase has a big problem with it, Zahra is not as bad).

Well yesturday I was stuck in traffic for 3hrs and with a stinky rump, yuck. My husband kept trying to move his buttie over to my side and I would try to move it to his. Hey we had to entertain ourselves during the traffic. All windows were opened but wow what a smell. And Champ as usual would look around and then sniff his behind like I can't believe that's me. This morning he's fine so no biggy.

it is the best money spent, never doing that….

We've had the "butt stink" problem with all three of our Basenjis. After many trips to the vet and trying everything possible, including steroid injections, the vet and I decided that removal of the anal glands was the best course to take. Our latest B, Jess, had her's removed by our present vet who used laser surgery and this proved to be the best way to do it. The healing was much faster. There are no scars and she is much more comfortable and much, much better smelling.

Wow…. while I know people that have had the anal glands removed as a last resort, I am really surprised to find that you had 3 b's that all needed it? Are they related?

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