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Anal leakage?????

i know that sounds gross...but murdock has had some leakage the past week. i had a beagle that used to go through this so i 'milked his anal glands' for him once a month. i wondered if murdock was going through the same discomfort so i checked his nad sure enough he was FULL. is this a dobe puppy thing or could something be wrong??? i was so flustered at the vet i didn't think to ask yesterday. his whole butt just smells...i have heard it's caused by fear and stress...could it be from the stress of his surgery and such??

thanks for the input! sorry for my wording
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i know that sounds gross...but murdock has had some leakage the past week. i had a beagle that used to go through this so i 'milked his anal glands' for him once a month. i wondered if murdock was going through the same discomfort so i checked his nad sure enough he was FULL. is this a dobe puppy thing or could something be wrong??? i was so flustered at the vet i didn't think to ask yesterday. his whole butt just smells...i have heard it's caused by fear and stress...could it be from the stress of his surgery and such??

thanks for the input! sorry for my wording
I dont know much about the anal gland enough to say what I think but my mom on the other hand says she had a poodle do this and she had to be brought to the vet. Vet told her that the glands are full and need to be milked. If milking is not done, they can bust. My vet told me you could have them removed are somthing along those lines.
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My breeder when I picked up my girl at 10weeks said that she had just expressed her anal sac after she gave her a bath. She said this is normal and that she usually only has to do it to puppies once and never again. I have had her 3 weeks now and now problems showing up. Hopefully this is the case for your boy too.

I have heard to add more fiber to their diet if it becomes a problem but I have never had this problem before. Good luck!
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i know that sounds gross...but murdock has had some leakage the past week. i had a beagle that used to go through this so i 'milked his anal glands' for him once a month. i wondered if murdock was going through the same discomfort so i checked his nad sure enough he was FULL. is this a dobe puppy thing or could something be wrong??? i was so flustered at the vet i didn't think to ask yesterday. his whole butt just smells...i have heard it's caused by fear and stress...could it be from the stress of his surgery and such??

thanks for the input! sorry for my wording
Anal glands can express themselves with fear and anxiety.. but they won't fill like that. Some dogs just end up having anal gland problems and there is no rhyme or reason. However if your pup has had diarrhea that could be the cause. It takes a good firm stool streaking by that gland to make it express along the way, so when dogs have diarrhea some have the tendencies to fill their anal glands. It could be temporary, but I would check them again in about 3 weeks or so, or sooner if your pup is being bothered by them. I would always advise talking to your vet about it
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Keep an eye on them and just make sure they don't get red or inflamed...

What are you feeding him?


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he still stinks down there...ugh...

he's eating purina one lamb and rice...has solid stool. sometimes add boiled chicken
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Riggs has this issue. It was suggested on this forum to give canned pumpkin, I have and has leaking has stopped.

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we used to give him pumpkin when he was first with us to get past the diarrhea...maybe i'll start adding a little into his meals but making sure he doesn't get so much to get impacted.

it stiiiiiinks!!!!! lol
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You could try canned pumpkin; I honestly would try switching his food, I've seen this question come up many times in my chihuahua meetup group and nearly every time the dog was eating a food with lots of corn in it. I think smaller breeds are also just more prone to it.


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i just took murdock out...i saw his butt was puckered and he would NOT go poop (he had went just 1.5 hrs ago) so i figured it was nothing...i went to him and checked to see if i could feel his anal glands gain. sure enough when i did some shot out! NASTY!!! this time it was more puss look than the dark color. could this mean he has an infection???? ugh...i hope not.

he goes to get his ears taped tomorrow afternoon and i will ask the vet then but until then i wanted to see if others had seen this before. he is not in any pain back there every time i touch he doesn't seem to care. i don't know...it concerns me but then again it could have been a pocket of it and i have taken care of it now i dunno...trying to stay positive!
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Doesn't sound normal for a large breed puppy to me. I know it's really common in small breed dogs thru out their life. With it happening so often/close together. I would be concerned that something is going on. Never hurts to have the vet check it out


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If it was green in color, that would be an infection. Have your vet check him out for sure.
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The glands are usually expressed when a dogs poops, in large breeds anyway. The small breeds have there's expressed at the groomer. However, we had a lab who was unable to express his so we had to do this his whole life. It can range from runny to extremely
solid. Have him checked, in the meantime wipe his bottom with some baby wipes after his walks.
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Ike went through a stage of having really bad anal glands at about 6-10 months. He really stank and we would take him to the vet and they would put him on antibiotics but as soon as he came off them it would come back. I started thinking it was going to be a lifelong problem.

So, I decided he needed more fibre (he was just getting kibble) so we started feeding him kibble for breakfast and raw chicken mixed with some beans, carrots and either oats or bran (for the extra fibre) for dinner. He went on one last dose of really strong antibiotics to get rid of it and it has never come back on this diet (touch wood).

Sooooo, I would suggest a little more fibre once the vet has checked if it's infected.
Good luck! I know how gross it can be!
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mine had the problem but he seems to be growing out of it, i think they are like skunks, & have to learn how to control their glands. it doesnt help that my dogs fluid is the WORST offender. smells like dog doo, rotting trash, & dead animals... blah


i tried diff foods & such but i think he just grew out of it..(he is 6 mo old now)
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