September 29th, 2020
A Smelly Dog May Not Because of Lacking Bathing, Watch Out for Anal Sac Disease!
Why my dog still smells strange even right after a shower?
Well, there are lots of reasons why a dog is smelly.
The sweat gland of the dog is on their feet; if their feet are not cleaned thoroughly, it could be a cause of smell. Or, if the dog's ears are left uncleaned, it also could be a reason.
But, if right after a detailed shower, it still smells stinky, then probably consider anal sac disease.
Especially, if you've seen your dog scooting across the room on their bottom, it is highly likely to be a sign of anal sac disease.
What is Anal Sac?
Dogs have two small pouches on either side of their anus. They make a smelly, oily, brown fluid that dogs use to identify each other and mark their territory. It's why they often sniff each other's behinds.
Anal sac disease begins as an uncomfortable impaction and can progress to an infection or abscess.
What are the symptoms?
- Licking or biting their rear end
- A bad smell
- Constipation or pain when pooping/sitting
What are the treatments?
Thankfully, impacted sacs are easy to treat. The glands can be gently emptied, or expressed, with your fingers. You may have to do this regularly, and to save a trip, and your vet can show you how.
If abscessed are formed, your vet will open and drain the abscess and usually prescribe antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. Daily warm compresses can help, too.
If your dog keeps having problems, your vet may want to remove their anal sacs with surgery. It's a simple procedure, but please note that it can result in complications like fecal incontinence (when their poop leaks uncontrollably).
How can my dog prevent it?
Put your dog on a healthy diet and make sure they get plenty of exercises. Small, obese dogs are at the highest risk of anal sac disease.
Also, every time your dog takes a shower, you can try to help it express the gland; or you can simply ask the groomer to take care of it, as they are more professional, and you won't have to smell it.
For those dogs already has problems with their anal sacs, have a regular check-up with your vet in case of potential disease.