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Haha, don't know if any of you have tried to express your dogs' anal glands but apparently it can be quite exciting! Squeegee has had a hard time expressing his on his own so the vet showed us how to do it. I tried this morning and it took about 5 tries, by the 5th try I was about to give up and was, needless to say, quite suprised when it suddenly sprayed all over me!! Haha, like I said in my post last night... I must really love this dog!! He's totally worth it, by the way
 

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We have our vet do it. Animals have glands on each side of the anus. They get full of fluid occasionally. Usually if the dog eats a good grade of dog food with some fiber, the anal glands release the fluid on their own. Sometimes not and the vet or the owner has to squeeze the glad to express the fluid. It is a very yucky process and the fluid smells terrible. Smells like a dead fish to me.

Maybe someone else can explain this better?
 

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I have never successfully done it, but tried. We usually have the vet or groomer do it when needed. We can usually tell he needs it when he starts scooting all the time. The little I've gotten out sure does stink.
 

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Duke and the labs never had a problem, but I noticed Violet doing the scoot thing lately and made an appt. with the groomers to have them expressed. It's not something I want to even try myself.
 

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I do both beags' glands regularly. It's absolutely disgusting, but better than them licking themselves on the couch or scooting on the carpet. I had the vet show me how. It takes finesse- hold a wad of toilet paper over the pucker, grasp with forefinger and thumb at 4:00 and 7:00, push in, feel the marbles, pull outward.

If you can hold onto the toilet paper, you can avoid getting sprayed with the nastiness!
 

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Luckily, Jersey hasn't had any problems with hers yet. I can tell when they express when she poops sometimes. We've been fortunate. Amber released hers on me once while laying next to me on the couch. YUCK!!!!!
 
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