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I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this with their Beagleweegle, or is it cause for concern?.


My Charlies Butt has been smelling like metal.....you know like that of a wet handle bar or post or metal shop type smell?, It's a metal smell this I know for sure. sometimes it's stronger than other times, it's been the last few days, I'm wiping his bum-bum however the smell lingers. ackkkk....and no the smell is nowhere else.


It's really odd, anyhow advice or should this be something to be alarmed about?

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It sounds like the dogs glands need to be expressed.

Secure the dog in a small room.
Gather several 3-4 damp paper towels
Place rubber gloves on.
Face dog's rear away from you.
Lift dog's tail, rolling it over to expose rear end.
Locate anal glands (near anus at approximately 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock)
If the glands are full you should feel a slight bulge when press inward just below anus.
Squeeze gently while holding paper towel to absorb the foul fluid or pasty discharge.
Repeat process until glands are empty.
Once you are done wash dog's rear end to reduce odor.
Note: if possible this is advisable to do while bathing dog.

If you have any concerns regarding this procedure please consult your veterinarian before attempting.

Smaller dogs will need this procedure done more often than larger dogs.
Have enough tissue (3-4 piles) on hand for in case you need to repeat process
Dog will most likely become more energized after procedure is complete.
Increasing fiber intake (with something like canned pure pumpkin) can help the dog to express his own anal glands normally, reducing the need to do this yourself.

If you don't feel comfortable doing this, then just have your vet do it regularly.
 

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I've always thought that Squeegee's anal gland secretions smelled metallic. You may already know this but dogs have glands around their anuses that produce a fishy/metallic smelling liquid. Usually they express it on their own when they go to the bathroom but some dogs, especially puppies, can't express it on their own. If you notice Charlie licking his rear a lot or doing the scooting thing in addition to the metallic smell it may mean that his are full and are leaking.

Squeegee doesn't express his own and after a couple weeks it will start getting on things so I have to express them for him every couple of weeks. I usually do it when he's in the bath. It's gross but it's better than him smelling like it all of the time or getting it on me!
 

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This is most interesting, I never knew about such a thing.
Yeh sometimes charlie enjoys his bum bum lol:(

Ummm as for the directions in how to do it, uhhh well I have no clue even following directions unless I can visual see how it's done first, it's like following a recipe haha.

I will post an add on CL to hire someone to come and do it and show me first.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

I am learning a lot of new things about dogs.
 

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This thread was timely for my household! Bones was licking her bum last night as we all snuggled on the couch, and suddenly that awful smell hit my boyfriend and me like a ton of bricks. Ugh!

I came to this thread and tried to explain to my boyfriend, who is not the main researcher of dog health in our relationship, what was going on.

- Aw, that's gross, enough already!
- Are you saying you don't want to know about something that is just another dimension of dog ownership?
- Do all dogs need it? Is it just a girl dog thing?
- No, not all dogs need it, and it's not just a girl dog thing.
- Uh, well, how much does it cost to get someone else to do it?


I watched an instructional video on YouTube (my boyfriend left the room as I watched it) and tentatively tried it out on Bones, but nothing came out, and the sacs did not feel full to begin with.

I'm going to start adding some fiber to the dogs' diet to help keep them regular and hopefully prevent many future problems. I was thinking of getting canned plain pumpkin and freezing it in ice cube trays, then popping one out for them when I feed them their evening meal. Any other suggestions?
 

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Charlie can't have his anal glad expressed externally.

For a nicer word they said charlie was too large and they can't feel them?

I said you mean FAT? She did not respond and told me he had to have it done internally, and she did not do such.

I did not and don't like that idea, So held off.... So I continue cleaning his bum-bum, however I think it's not safe to do so, so last night I sent up an appointment, for him 10:30 this morning to have such, I hope to goodness this is not going to hurt him or cause him future problems.

poor boy.

will let you know how he did after *sigh*
 

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Well all seemed to of went well. They did not want me to be with Charlie when they did this, however I damanded it saying He was very much a mummas boy and He will do better if I'm with him, He did not move an inch:)perfect boy He was!

They said He was pretty full! and I don't mean He just had a fresh meal lol.

They recommended giving him metamucil a teaspoon about 2 times per week.

anyone else give their dog this???? I think I'll ask before I start that 1!
 

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Yeah, Murphy had this issue before his injury. Our vet trained me how to do it. One try and I said... I'll let the groomer handle this. PHEWEEE!!!
 
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