Butt Dragging 101

26 11 2008

Every dog has something called anal sacs or anal glands located at the five and seven o’clock position inside the anus. These are sometimes referred to as “scent glands.”  To a dog, every other dog on the planet has scent glands with a different smell.  This is why we smell each other’s butt when we meet, rather than shake hands.  This is how we identify each other.  We also use these glands to mark territory or to signify a scary event, like when humans poop their pants in fright.  To a human, the fluid secreted from the anal glands has quite a different smell.  Mom says it REALLY, REALLY STINKS!!

When a dog does a Big Busy, or poop if you have not read my guide to potty training, it should cause some pressure on the anal sacs and empty them. Sometimes this does not happen, and it may cause the anal glands to become impacted.  When you go to the groomer, they may be able to assist in expressing the fluid built up as a part of your dog’s bath.

If these glands are not being emptied regularly by each Big Busy, then you will need to take your dog to visit his vet.  The vet will empty the sacs by squeezing the fluid out.  This is obviously a very messy and smelly duty for any human.  It is very important that you do not allow the glands to remain impacted.  This is very uncomfortable for your dog and can cause infections or an abscess, and treating those are gonna be WAY worse than than any anal gland expression tactic.

anal-glands-dogThis is a problem that is quite common among small dogs, but it can also happen to big dogs as well.  Take me for example.  I had such a problem with my butt, and I really hated “being violated” by the vet, so Mom decided to introduce more fiber into my diet.  I started out occasionally eating something called “bran muffins.”  Mom decided there was too much sugar in the muffins, so she started putting some “bran flakes” on top of my food.  I am not familiar with this thing called “bran,” so I called them something not fit to publish here (I have been known to have a potty mouth).  They seemed to have helped my problem and I do not have to be “violated” by the vet as much these days.

If your dog is dragging his butt on the floor, he may be attempting to empty the glands himself.  Call the veterinarian. If he gets an “all clear” from the vet and there are no problems with his anal glands, then perhaps he just enjoys a good butt dragging from time to time.  If the problem persists, or it seems to becoming an obsessive behavior, call the vet.  He needs to have the other end checked.




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