Sometimes an itch is just an itch. We have all seen our doodles scoot along the sidewalk or carpet. If this behavior is reoccurring you may want to have a look under the tail! Yes. Anal Glands.
If you find swelling or irritation be sure to see your vet. There are two anal glands ( sacs) located on each side of the lower part of the rectum ( 8pm-4pm) and they can become impacted and infected. Your Vet can express the glands for you. The good news is that you can do this at home. Your Vet can show you or you can go to YouTube and watch the tutorials available.
The process is simple. You will need plastic gloves, wash cloth and newspaper. Place your dog on the newspaper and lift the tail. With wash cloth in hand, gently squeeze upward at the 8pm and 4pm position. If the glands are full a small amount of cream colored fish smelling liquid should drip onto the cloth. That’s it!
You may need to have someone hold your pup’s head the first time so you do not have a nose in the way! This is not something that you need to do very often. When you notice the scooting, it is likely time to express the anal glands again. You may want to discuss with your Vet a high fiber or raw diet if this is a regular occurrence. Exercise is also a good way to help relieve this common issue!!
and caring for every hurt bird or injured squirrel in the neighborhood. She grew up in a home
that always had one large and one small breed dog and spent quite a bit of time showing these
After studying at the University of Kentucky, MJ began a career in real estate and political
consulting as well as breeding and showing Norwegian Elkhounds. This adventure allowed for a deeper insight into the behavior, habits and health of her pets that went on to include German
Shepherd, Brittany, rescue and Esme the Goldendoodle! Esme is also the proud sister of a
rescue named Grendel. Grendel is a lab/chow who was used as bait and has had a very
interesting behavioral journey which will be shared.
Esme is the heart and soul of the family and we are excited to share with you are stories, tips
and recipes along with photos !!
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