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    I have learned so much on this site about bullys as educated as I THOUGHT I was, lol...Ok here's Vegas's new thing..for the last three days he has been rubbing his bottom on my area rug (never done this) and not to be graphic, when he does this his penis sticks out bad. (he's fixed) He is 14 months old and again never done this behavior. Is this what anal gland problems are??? What do I do if it is, or is this just a bad behavior that he is starting? His tail and anus does not look any different then it always has, I took a non-scented baby wipe and wiped him real good (he was MAD!! and ran into his crate, I think he felt violated, LOL) but after reading different things about anal glands I am wondering. Does this need a vet's care? Thank You and I am off Friday so if he needs to be seen I will get him in on Friday. And what exactly is it?? And what do they do for it?? Thanks so much for the advice!! I am so happy I found this site, as much as I thought I knew I learn every day! Thanks again

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    His bowel movements have not changed he goes 3 times a day, always, and it looks the same as it always has, (yes I always look!!) so I don't think he is constipated or in ANY pain, even when he is scooting he does not make any noise like he is in pain, he just scoots across the floor like it is itching him...?

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    Bella has a problem releasing her glands all the time. Because of her disease she never really have firm stools, so that means no way to "pinch" or release the glands. Naturally they will be "squeezed" or released while pooping. The vet will do it for me, however she is needing it more frequently. I actually need to figure it out myself. I know that sounds gross, but when she is miserable, I want to help her out. If it does get released, it smells real bad!!!! A strong shrimpy smell. And YES she will drag her hinny when they really bother her.

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    about every other month, Horse will start sticking his bum in everyone's face, wanting it to be itched. this is my clue that he needs his anal-glands expressed. Most of the time I am able to do it myself, just by massaging around his anus. Cottage chees looking stuff will start to leak out, and it smells worse than anything I've ever smelled in my life. Sometimes it shoots out, so be careful! Every 4-6 months, I have to bring him to the vet to get them expressed, because they actually put a finger in there and get everything out! Not sure what causes this, as Horse's poops are pretty regular and firm, so that should help the anal glands stay clear.
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    Vegas has a solid poop, like a tootsie roll, so I think he does "pinch" it off. I don't smell anything different from him other than the usual, now fowl oder from that area. It just seems like it itches him???

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    It could be a bit of yeast and sweat in the tail pocket too. get a stridex pad or baby wipe and wipe up into the tail pocket. Maybe add some desitin too. Kinda like an itchy behind crack if you know what I mean from sweating. To find out more about anal glands, where they are, what they do, and if you need to express, here is a pretty good article:

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    Oh god!!!!, Poor Horse, I CAN NOT do that, lol, I will pay top dollar at my vet's to get it done, does this sound like what he needs?? Again no fowl oder?? He does not put his butt in my face wanting to be itched, he just started 3 nights ago to do this.

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    Default Re: Anal Glands, what is it and what to do??

    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    It could be a bit of yeast and sweat in the tail pocket too. get a stridex pad or baby wipe and wipe up into the tail pocket. Maybe add some desitin too. Kinda like an itchy behind crack if you know what I mean from sweating. To find out more about anal glands, where they are, what they do, and if you need to express, here is a pretty good article:
    Great Article!! However, I don't think Bella would stay still long enough to "find" the holes. And yes, it can squirt out quite far (that happened with our Springer one time) Be careful.
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    I did use a baby wipe and it made him mad/pout with me!! Again no smell, YES I did put my nose down and smell, (the things we do for our babies) I scrubbed his anus and his tail pocket. If it had a smell I would be worried, but no smell.

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    Default Re: Anal Glands, what is it and what to do??

    lol, it's pretty nasty, but i just add it to the list of gross bully things i have to deal with! desertsky had a good point in that it could be a yeasty under tail causing the itching, i guess if i were you, i would take him to the vet to check out the anal-glands, as they can get infected. the vet can also show you how to do it yourself if it turns out to be a recurring problem. Horse's bum doesn't smell until you actually express the glands. good luck! i would try the tail cleaning first if you think it could be that!
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    The vet can show me all he wants, lol, again NO, I will take him and get it done, my vet will "earn" his money, that kind of stuff grosses me out, I take him every 3 weeks to get his ears cleaned and nails done. Yes I deal with the slobber, the water drinking that makes him look like Niagra Falls, his water bowl that looks like a big luge when he is done drinking, the shakeing of his head and sends slober all over me and my furniture, the "smell" that he has, even though he is bathed every 10 days, the coughing up the flem, the snot that comes out of his nose, the stinky wrinkles that I clean EVERY day, but I draw the line at expressing his anal glands, that is why I have a vet!!! And GOD YES I LOVE MY VEGAS!!!!

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    Default Re: Anal Glands, what is it and what to do??

    yeah I'm not much of an anal gland person either. Only had one bully who ever needed it, a male. His poop always had anal slime in it too, it always smelled awful. I had it done at the groomers or the vet.

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