Why does my dog smell like fish? The answer could also explain why he sometimes awkwardly scoots his behind across the floor.
The truth is, your dog may need to get rid of its anal glands.
Anal gland disorders in dogs can be painful to the dog’s anal region. If your pup has been licking his nether region a lot lately or smelling fishy, he might need medical attention for an issue with his anal gland issues.
If your pup is experiencing any signs of discomfort while doing his business, be on the lookout. When these special glands, or sacs, get blocked they can’t secrete fluid and that causes infection.
If your dog’s glands are blocked, there could be pain from an infection or even an abscess. They may also act afraid or angry when the blockage is occurring.
Why do dogs have these sacs in the first place? Dogs use sacs to mark their territory and one theory is that what the gland secretes marks a dog’s land. Another theory suggests that this makes business transactions easier.
Your dog’s diet is the key to preventing blockages and infections. Make sure they’re eating food that has enough fiber. Keep your pet healthy by making sure he exercises regularly and knows how to safely empty his glands at the first signs of blockage. Ask your veterinarian to help you do this – or, better yet just let them take care of these things.
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