Dog is very sore after anal glands have been expressed?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

my old guy had lots of anal gland issues that required the expression of his anal glands frequently. The only time he experienced symptoms that sound like what you’re describing is when he had an infected anal gland – usually he had little or no symptoms following the expression. I didn’t bring him in and took a wait and see until the weekend was over approach and one of them ruptured, which I didn’t know could even happen! anyway it was painful and gross for him and I felt terrible for not realizing that it was such a problem! the rupture can cause larger problems (it didn’t with my guy – we put him on antibiotics straight away after the rupture) so I would say call a weekend vet if possible. If your guy has an infection it would need to be treated with antibiotics an best to start sooner to ward off a rupture. And I say this as a wait and see type owner. Good luck!  

Post # 5
1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@mrsw5711:  What happened? How is your furbaby?

Post # 6
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

@mrsw5711 poor baby, how is he doing?

I have a dachshund mix and poor baby girl gets what we call ‘stink ass’ but our vet didn’t want to express her anal glands because they said it wasn’t necessary… of course she didn’t have to live with the stink ass smell.

We changed our dogs food to a higher fiber and better quality and she now doesn’t have stink ass as bad because she poops more regularly and doesn’t “try” as hard to push, it just comes out easier and her glands must express naturally. I even got her a antler for her size to chew instead of the bones with the middle treats because even those can make her stinky.

Have you tried a different food or treats to see if that helps the issue?


Post # 6
1 posts
  • Wedding: July 2016

I did my small dogs anal glands 3 days ago, now he is not using back legs very well and is shaking and lays to one side. Do you think I bruised his rectum? or ruptured his anal gland? He had a normal Bridesmaid or Best Man lastnight but shook and i could tell it hurt. is this normal? I did push a little hard I am hoping its a bruise and not rupture. But from reading forumsI have noticed that small dogs have this behaviour after gland excreation. anybody have some advice?

Laura-Sudbury, Ontaio

Post # 7
3334 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Take him the vet. Duh!

Post # 8
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Vet asap, and in the future leave the gland expression to ppl who are professionally trained so you don’t inadvertently injure your dog. 

Post # 9
1035 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - His Way Church & Chesapeake Room @ Downs Park

This is a three year old thread

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