When your chihuahua has anal gland problems it really is a pain in the arse, for both you and your chihuahua. Their job is to produce his signature scent that he leaves on his poo as a marker for other dogs. If you are lucky, your chihuahua will never have anal gland problems and this process will pass you by. His anal sacs will empty by themselves when you chihuahua does his business and happily, you will be none the wiser. If you are unlucky, anal glands can cause recurring problems, mainly centred around not emptying and possibly getting infected. This is very uncomfortable for your chihuahua and often a visit to the vet is required.
A Stinky Situation: Dog Anal Gland Problems and How to Help
Sebaceous glands produce a liquid substance that has a foul, fishy odor which is yellow to tan in color and exists as means of identification and territory marking. Normally, the liquid secretions are expressed when a dog defecates. The pressure of the firm feces allows the glands to complete empty. No problem when this occurs outside! Where do things take a hard turn?
You know your dog marks his or her — girls do it too! Each sac contains oil and sweat glands. Just like us, dogs need fiber in their diet.
Go to Page Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. However I just read an article that has me rethinking the whole process: Vets and Groomers, Be Aware of Pet Anal Gland Problems So my question to all you dog lovers - do you, or don't you have your dog's anal glands cleaned out? My way of thinking for this: if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.