Join Date: Jul 2016
Dogs Name: Piper
Dogs Age: 2 years
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During the last couple weeks my now 15 week old puppy would randomly get this musky, stinky smell. Often when she needed to poop or had just recently pooped. After reading up on it it sounded like an anal gland thing. Her stool had been a bit soft in the evenings, most likely from it being abnormally warm temps for our area (no AC). The heat wave broke, her stools are consistently firm and we notice that as long as she drips a bit of fluid with her normal stools there is no random musky funk.
Fast forward to yesterday and it returned and I noticed a little brown spot (about dime sized or so) on her bed. Washed it, and then she did it again, and again this morning. She also has tried a few carpet scoots and nips toward her side/rear, but a couple, not constantly or anything.
I put a glove on and, with a bit of vaseline, felt her glands. I've never done this before so I'm not sure what is cause for minor concern, major concern, or just needs to be expressed.
Her right side was really small, but her left was bigger than a pea, but smaller than a marble. Everything looks totally normal from the outside. I squeezed a little a couple times, but erred on the side of caution. I thought I heard a tiny squirting sound the second time but didn't see much. When I brought my finger out there was a bit of brown stuff, but not sure that wasn't left over poop. No massively discussing smells or anything with it, but I can't say I was taking any voluntary sniffs either.
What now? It is Saturday, should I take her to the emergency vet clinic, have her sit on a hot compress a few times today and tomorrow and take her to the vet on Monday, or does it just need to be expressed and I have no idea what I'm doing?
FYI behavior and all other indications of health are good.