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Anal Glands

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.
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I seriously doubt there is need for an emergency vet visit. Keep and eye (nose on it) and if it appears to be annoying her, take her to your regular vet and see if her anal gland sacs need to be expressed. All dogs are different. We had a boy whose sacs filled up every 6 months or so. And then we've had dogs whose nice firm poops did the job themselves their entire life.

If you do end up at the vet's, ask the tech to allow you to observe the procedure and have him/her teach you the procedure. Running to the vet every time your dogs anal sacs need to be expressed is a pain. The one exception is if your dog is prone to anal gland infections.

We have a friend whose AMSTAF girl had quite and problem and eventually had the glands removed.
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Thanks. That is what I was thinking, but I didn't want to do the wrong thing and it somehow get worse or her be in unnecessary pain.
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I would have a vet check it out to ensure there is no infection. If there is no infection, If she's having a lot of soft stools (especially if it progressively gets soft throughout the day).
1 cut back her food a bit. Diarrhea and soft stools is the number 1 indicator of over feeding in puppies.
2 if it persists consider changing her food so she doesn't end up with chronic anal gland issues.


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Just wanted to update this if someone is searching for info at a later date. We took her to the vet first thing that Monday morning. She had a very full anal gland on one side. The vet drained it and we haven't had a problem since. She had had some issues with diarrhea before that. I think that it had gotten over full because she didn't have normal bowl movements to keep it clear and then it was too full to drain well.

On a side note we have found giving her a bit of bone broth with every meal is the best thing for good stools. Pumpkin in the other had makes her throw up at even just a teaspoon.
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