My dog's butt

Question:
One of my beagles, Samantha, has been getting this odd smell from her butt. It is a very musty smell, almost like a bunch of rusty pennies. The smell comes and goes.
I've read about anal glad issues, but she doesn't do any scooting. She's going to the bathroom normally and doesn't seem to be affected by it.
Any thoughts on what this is?
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Your dog may be just blowing her glands due to excitment, fear etc. I've had a few glands blown in my face by dogs being in for first groom (they get to love us after the 1st visit:) )
Some dogs have leaky glands etc. Take note when these smells occur, perhaps wipe your dogs bum with a baby wipe to get rid of the smell...if a long coated breed you might want to invest in some soapless shampoo or just do spot cleans on the rear end.
Most dogs express their glands with a normal bowel movement. If your dog seems to be expressing her glands more often than normal take her in for a check up....if everything is normal and she is just blowing them during excitment then I would just wipe up...if it's due to fear, take a look around her environment and see what may be causing her to get upset.
I would take Samantha in for a check up just to be on the safe side.;)
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Just to add, what are you currently feeding Samantha? You might want to include some homemade fresh meals, crushed flax seeds to her meals...yogurt. Sometimes an improvement in the dogs diet can help the dog express them with a bowel movement. Fear related expression is common, but, should not be happening frequently.
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Your dog may be just blowing her glands due to excitment, fear etc. I've had a few glands blown in my face by dogs being in for first groom (they get to love us after the 1st visit:) )
Some dogs have leaky glands etc. Take note when these smells occur, perhaps wipe your dogs bum with a baby wipe to get rid of the smell...if a long coated breed you might want to invest in some soapless shampoo or just do spot cleans on the rear end.
Most dogs express their glands with a normal bowel movement. If your dog seems to be expressing her glands more often than normal take her in for a check up....if everything is normal and she is just blowing them during excitment then I would just wipe up...if it's due to fear, take a look around her environment and see what may be causing her to get upset.
I would take Samantha in for a check up just to be on the safe side.;)
The smell definitely tends to appear while she is excited, particularly when she's wrestling with her beagle brother, Frtiz.
I'll try the baby wipes first.
She had a check-up about 2 weeks ago and the vet did the normal rectal exam. I'm not sure if that includes a check of the anal glands.
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I'm not sure what to tell ya but in my experience, there is no mistaking the smell of anal glands. I have no clue what rusty pennies smell like but they couldn't possibly smell as horrible as anal glands do!
Vet check time.
Pam
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If clogged anal glands go unchecked, what is the worst case scenario?
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If anal glands are clogged, can the smell go away even if they are still clogged? She smelled fine this morning.
Like I said, the smell tends to appear while she is wrestling with my other beagle.
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Anal glands tend to smell like dead fish:) But, each dog has their own distintive smell.
If your dog is blowing them on her own when excited then I wouldn't worry about her glands becoming clogged as she is releasing them herself. It's when they start scooting, biting at their rear end and chasing their butt in a mad frenzy that you worry about impacted glands.
We have many dogs that come in for grooming that you just know are going to blow their glands including Cocker Spaniels, Springers and a few other...we also have a few Beagles that come in for baths do to expressing them when excited and stinking the owners house up.:)
I would call the Vet and just ask about the smell and perhaps have the Vet look her over. With an examination my Vets don't look at my dogs rear end...the only time they would is if I asked them to due to a problem I have noticed.
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Anal glands tend to smell like dead fish:) But, each dog has their own distintive smell.
If your dog is blowing them on her own when excited then I wouldn't worry about her glands becoming clogged as she is releasing them herself. It's when they start scooting, biting at their rear end and chasing their butt in a mad frenzy that you worry about impacted glands.
We have many dogs that come in for grooming that you just know are going to blow their glands including Cocker Spaniels, Springers and a few other...we also have a few Beagles that come in for baths do to expressing them when excited and stinking the owners house up.:)
I would call the Vet and just ask about the smell and perhaps have the Vet look her over. With an examination my Vets don't look at my dogs rear end...the only time they would is if I asked them to due to a problem I have noticed.
Will do.
Sidenote, my vet always checks their butt. In fact, she goes right in there. My dogs tend to not care either, it's rather funny.
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Your Vet sounds great.:)
I'm sure the Vet would have noticed if there was anything severe wrong.
I just got out my medical dog book and started looking up anal gland problems.
I saw one problem called Perianal Fistulas which are draining tracts in the perianal skin caused by infection fo the skin glands in and around the anus. Initially they appear as draiing puncuture holes . Later they coalessce to form open sores and draining tracts. The discharge is foul smelling. Occasionally fistulas connect internally with the anal sacs. I'm sure it's nothing this serious, but, I thought I would mention it to you anyway. The treatment is usually surgery.
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I must say your title is an interesting one indeed "My dog's butt" lol!
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