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Poll Results: well, what do you do

 
  • 23% (3)
    Nothing. I love the smell of dog anal gland secretions
  • 38% (5)
    I scoop up the secretions and rub them all over me. It makes great colgone. Cheaper than musk.
  • 7% (1)
    I scoop up the secretions and wipe them on my dog.
  • 7% (1)
    I scoop them up but don't wash the sheet right away, or the carpeting.
  • 15% (2)
    I scoop them up and immediately wash the sheets, and call in a carpet cleaning professional.
  • 7% (1)
    I throw out the sheets and get new carpeting.
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post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 
http://www.inkabijou.co.uk/anal.htm



What do you when your dog gets into bed with you and expresses its anal gland secretions onto your sheets. Or rubs them into your carpet?
post #2 of 42
soilman, you have too much time on your hands if these are the kinds of things you think about. you don't even have a dog.



Dogs (and cats) generally excrete anal gland goo when they take a crap, not on your bed. I have never once heard of a dog getting onto someones furniture and expressing their anal glands. When they are 'scooting' on carpet or whatever, its because they're uncomfortable because their anal glands WON'T express, so you know its time to take them to the vet to have it done manually.
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post #3 of 42
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" you don't even have a dog."



I want to get one. I can't wait to get one. But I'm trying to learn as much as possible about them, before getting one. I want to be a good caretaker for my dog.



http://www.animalclinic.com/analglnd.htm
post #4 of 42
Sometimes when my cats climb out of the litter box, they drag themselves along the floor to clean their butts. I guess they never heard of toilet paper.
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post #5 of 42
i've worked in an animal hospital for five years, you don't need to explain anal glands via links. you won't know if a dog has anal gland problems til you get it and live with it. Some dogs need them drained monthly, some never. There are seriously a lot more things to worry about with dog ownership than whether or not its time for someone to squeeze his butt.



ETA: Its liquid, there is no scooping to be done.
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post #6 of 42
When I had a dog I always went with option no 2....glory days they were.
post #7 of 42
Ahaha, this has got to be the funniest poll I've ever seen.



My aunt is a dog groomer, so whenever my parents' dog started wiping it's butt on the floor, we'd bring her to my aunt who'd give her a bath, and while the dog was in the tub, my aunt would massage/rub the dogs butt and the anal secretions would squeeze into the tub. No more rubbing-of-the-butt-on-the-carpet for a couple months. Lovely topic.
post #8 of 42
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Originally Posted by Amy SF View Post

Sometimes when my cats climb out of the litter box, they drag themselves along the floor to clean their butts. I guess they never heard of toilet paper.

No, they're not cleaning their butt, they're trying to loosen up their anal glands so it will secret the goo.
post #9 of 42
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rabid_child: " you don't need to explain anal glands via links"



Not everyone is as educated about dog's anal glands as you are.



http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_anal_sacs.html



rc: "ETA: Its liquid, there is no scooping to be done."



All the links say that while its normal state is liquid, it is very common for the liquid to accumulate, and harden. Yes, this is when animals start dragging their butt, "scooting" -- presumably because the swollen sacs itch. When dragging, the dog may or may not be successful at expressing some amount of hardend anal gland secretions. While whole globs may not come out, certainly a thin smear is not at all unlikely.
post #10 of 42
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rabid_child: " you don't need to explain anal glands via links"



Not everyone is as educated about dog's anal glands as you are.



http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_anal_sacs.html



And yet, you were responding to me in that post in a manner that suggests you were directing me to that website so I would understand what you were talking about, hence the reply you recieved.



I thought domesticated animals made you uncomfortable? Why do you want one?
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post #12 of 42
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"And yet, you were responding to me in that post in a manner that suggests you were directing me to that website so I would understand what you were talking about."



This is a message board, not a private messaging sequence. Some of what I said was in response to you, some was general background information for all interested readers.
post #13 of 42
My god
post #14 of 42
errrr... I'll keep this in mind if I get a dog in the future...or maybe I won't...
post #15 of 42
Why do I get the feeling I will regret asking this tomorrow?



Is this just for male dogs, or both genders?
post #16 of 42
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" you don't even have a dog."



I want to get one. I can't wait to get one. But I'm trying to learn as much as possible about them, before getting one. I want to be a good caretaker for my dog.



Give this a try, soilman. Practice makes perfect:



http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_anal_sacs.html
post #17 of 42
Dogs do that?! Nasty.
post #18 of 42
Every dog I've had has had impacted anal glands.



(that sure is an awkward sentance, but I couldn't figure out how to make it better)
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post #19 of 42
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Is this just for male dogs, or both genders?

Both. Dogs and cats. Other (ferret, rodent, bunny, etc.) I dunno. Liquidy and stinky is normal. Pasty and god-awful gagging stinky is not normal. Chronically impacted or inflammed glands can be surgically removed.

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post #20 of 42
When I take my dog to the groomer, she takes care of that at the same time she is clipping nails etc.
post #21 of 42
Before this I did not know that dogs had anal glands. O.o None of the dogs I've ever been exposed to had problems with them.



Weirdos.
post #22 of 42
Please don't get a dog soilman.
post #23 of 42
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Originally Posted by soilman View Post

http://www.inkabijou.co.uk/anal.htm



What do you when your dog gets into bed with you and expresses its anal gland secretions onto your sheets. Or rubs them into your carpet?



We have 3 dogs and this has yet to be a problem. However, we did have to have one of our dog's glands relieved. It was pretty disturbing. The poor dog literally screamed. It sounded like a Dog Pound version of Scared Straight. "You think you bad? Do you know what happens yo first day at da pound? Do you know WHY dey call it da pound, boy!!!"







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post #24 of 42
I had a dog a long time ago and this was never a problem. I think if you're going to adopt a dog you have more immediate concerns to consider such as, do you have time to give a lot of attention to a dog? How do you feel about shedding, dog smells, etc.? Do you mind being licked? Do you mind cleaning up poop? Would you enjoy taking the dog for walks and playing with the dog? These are questions to consider with almost all dogs, whereas anal gland secretions is really only something to think about if it actually comes up with a dog you already have and love. If you have no problem dealing with all of the ordinary gross dog things and you love the dog, you won't have a problem coping with their individual health issues.
post #25 of 42
My dog has no anal glads..if he does,I dont know about it.Get a fluffy dog.
post #26 of 42
Why, oh, why did I open this thread while trying to eat...........
post #27 of 42
Every dog has anal glands, Bumble, unless they've been surgically removed.



Expressing anal glands is easy and nothing to get grossed out about.
post #28 of 42
I have never noticed..it might be his fluffy-factor!



No problems with anal glands at my house!

My Mom's cat's get infected anal glands though..
post #29 of 42
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I have never noticed..it might be his fluffy-factor!



No problems with anal glands at my house!

My Mom's cat's get infected anal glands though..



They're *inside* the anus. You aren't going to see anything of them unless they get abscessed and then people tend to complain "It looks like he has a second butt..."

Some dogs will go through their entire life without needing their anal glands squeezed and they will cause absolutely no problems. My guess with a fluffy dog it may also be that your groomer does them when she grooms the dog.
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post #30 of 42
For a moment, I almost thought the title of the thread was dog anal - ...oh.
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