Month: December 2021

The Importance Of The Dog’s Anal Gland

In the movie The Fisher King there is a rather humorous scene in which Robin Williams’ character is scooting himself along the ground by digging his heels in and dragging his bare bottom across the grass. In a jubilant voice he calls out, “Do you know why dogs do this? It feels GREAT!!”

Actually, that’s not the only reason. Dogs will exhibit this behavior if the anus or hind quarters are itchy, but it can be a sign of an impacted anal gland which can be a problem for some dogs.

The anal glands are located on either side of a dog’s anus and, in the wild, serve as a method of marking the dog’s territory. When a dog defecates the glands are naturally compressed and secrete a dark, foul smelling liquid along with the bowel movement. When the sacs are functioning normally they empty whenever the animal has a bowel movement.

Sometimes, for various reasons, the dog’s anal sacs may become blocked. When this happens a number of problems can develop. Some are benign as a foul smell but the can lead to serious problems like diarrhea and infection. To intervene before a blocked anal gland becomes an issue, the glands must be expressed.

Expression of the anal glands is a simple medical procedure that can be performed at home or by a veterinarian. Some people prefer to let the vet take care of this task because they find it to be an unattractive duty. To save the expense of a vet, however, it is perfectly acceptable to express the anal glands yourself.

Expressing the Dog’s Anal Glands:

Expressing the anal glands is a simple matter. You’ll want to hold the tail up and pull it gently toward the dog’s head. In the other hand hold a tissue or paper towel and place your thumb on the left side of the left gland and your forefinger on the right side of the right gland. Squeeze firmly but not roughly and the glands should empty a brown or yellowish liquid onto the tissue or towel. Impacted glands will not empty as easily and may require an internal draining technique. You can do the internal technique at home as well, but you’ll need surgical gloves and a tube of KY jelly.

Internal anal gland expression requires that the sacs on either side of the anus be expressed individually and will require that you place your thumb on one side of the gland and your forefinger inside the dog’s rectum in order to squeeze and express the gland. Impacted glands will be harder to drain and the fluid may be thick and pasty with a foul odor and a dark brown, grey, or black color.

Infected anal glands may produce a discharge of bloody pus and can be an indication of a more serious problem. The infection should be fought with antibiotics so a vet should be contacted immediately if the dog seems to have such an infection.

5 Reasons Your Dog Has Diarrhea: Ways to Fix It

If you are reading this, then there is a chance that your dog has been experiencing diarrhea. This can happen for many reasons and may be hard to diagnose. It is important to know the signs of dog diarrhea so that you can quickly find out what might be wrong and fix it before it becomes an even bigger problem! This blog post will discuss 5 common reasons why dogs get diarrhea as well as steps on how to treat them at home.Dog Poop Bag Dispenser

What is diarrhea and why does it happen?

The normal bowel transit time in a dog is usually 12-24 hours. Diarrhea happens when there has been fecal retention for less than 24 hours and the colon contents are then released into the rectum, leading to soft or watery feces that may contain mucus and/or blood. These symptoms can be caused by many different things such as: food intolerance, intestinal infection (such as with parasites), pancreatitis, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes mellitus or chronic gastrointestinal issues like inflammatory bowel disease.

This blog post will discuss five common reasons why dogs get diarrhea as well as fixing it.

Diarrhea often occurs because of one of these causes: dietary indiscretion; intestinal infection (such as with parasites); pancreatitis; kidney disease; cancer; diabetes mellitus or chronic gastrointestinal issues like inflammatory bowel disease.

5 Reasons Your Dog Has Diarrhea

Diet

Diarrhea can also be caused by dietary indiscretion (eating things he shouldn’t). This includes eating table food, garbage or other unsafe items. If your pup eats something that is not safe for him, it could lead to diarrhea and vomiting within hours of ingestion.

Intestinal infection

Many types of intestinal infections are zoonotic which means they can infect people too! Your dog may get an intestinal infection because his immune system isn’t working at its full potential due to conditions such as diabetes mellitus or chronic gastrointestinal issues like inflammatory bowel disease. Parasites can cause a variety of problems including poor growth rates in puppies, vomiting and even death if left untreated. The most common type of parasites that affect dogs are roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.

Pancreatitis

The pancreas produces enzymes to digest food and regulate blood sugar levels in the dog’s body. When it becomes inflamed or infected with bacteria or viruses like parvovirus, pancreatitis can result which has many terrible complications including death if not treated soon enough! Signs include vomiting; diarrhea; abdominal pain; increased thirst or appetite (even though they have no interest in eating); depression and a fever over 103F degrees. If your pup is displaying any of these signs don’t wait – get them into a vet clinic right away!

Kidney disease

Canine kidney failure usually occurs from chronic renal insufficiency and if left untreated can lead to death. The kidney is responsible for removing waste from the body which includes urea, creatinine, uric acid and other metabolic byproducts we don’t want in our bodies! When a dog’s kidneys stop working properly he will start showing signs such as increased thirst (even though they have no interest in drinking); vomiting; diarrhea; depression or lethargy; decreased appetite; itchy skin with hair loss on his back end that appears similar to ringworm infections – this condition is called pyotraumatic dermatitis.

Cancer

If your pup displays any of these symptoms you should take them into see their veterinarian ASAP because cancer has many terrible side effects including eventually leading to death without treatment. The most common types of cancer that affect dogs are mammary (breast) and skin cancers. If your pup is displaying any of these symptoms: lumps in the breast, red bumps on his skin or an open sore with a black crusty scab – take them to see their vet ASAP!

4 ways to fix Dogs Diarrhea

Change their diet

The first thing you should do when your pup has diarrhea is to change his diet. This includes feeding him bland, high quality food with more fiber and fewer carbohydrates such as boiled white rice or ground turkey without the skin (not breaded or fried). You may also want to add some probiotics into his new diet in order to help replenish good bacteria that he’s lost due to vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Provide Fluids Orally

If your dog refuses water despite being thirsty they can be given small amounts of it by mouth which will provide them with needed fluid replacement for hydration purposes only! It doesn’t matter if breast milk, plain yogurt, canned pumpkin puree whatever works best for your dog.

Take them for a walk

Exercise is important to both mental and physical health! If your pup has diarrhea, it’s always best to take him on walks in order to help his intestinal tract recover faster from vomiting or diarrhea by stimulating the digestive process through movement of food and fluids. When you’re ready, try increasing exercise time gradually until he can go back to normal activity levels which will strengthen his immune system as well. This includes rigorous playtime with other dogs that doesn’t involve wrestling around (which may cause more pain).

Give probiotics orally

Many vets recommend giving small amounts of probiotics by mouth each day when there are signs of vomiting or diarrhea in order to replenish good bacteria lost due to sickness.

Conclusion

Diarrhea is a common problem for dogs that can be caused by numerous reasons. If you think your dog has diarrhea, it’s important to take them in to see their veterinarian right away. Your vet will likely diagnose the cause of the diarrhea and prescribe treatment accordingly. To find out more about this condition or how we can help you with any other pet-related issues, contact us today!