Okay, I admit it. I have a dirty little secret. Not really dirty….just something…ummm…sort of unmentionable in certain company. It’s something people don’t like to talk about, but us dogs are all over it. You see, it’s got to do with scent glands, sniffer-doodle-icious smells that come from other dogs. It’s why we sniff back there. We like to get a sense (scents-get it?) of who the dog really is.
The scent glands (also known as…and here comes the unmentionable part) are called anal glands. I know, I know, people freak out when you talk about that part of the anatomy, but really, it’s just a part of the body! Like when Peeps talk about colonoscopies…what image does that conjure up? Anyway, let’s not go there.
Dad takes really good care of me in the grooming department. He clips my shaggy fur to keep me mat free so when the groomer works me over they don’t have to comb out the tangles. Sometimes I get muzzled for a few minutes or the groomers give me a time out if I snarl a bit. No big deal. I like the break from the bathing, ear cleaning, nail clipping, and … ahem, the anal gland expression.
So here’s my problem. And it is a rather big problem, even though I’m a rather smallish dog. Those anal glands of mine fill up quickly. Mom looked it up on the internet and figures I just don’t have the muscles in my bum to keep them emptied. Big dog Rex NEVER had this issue. At least she says so. But I know he scooted across the family room carpet once in a while, which made Mom and Dad laugh uproariously. Tell me that wasn’t anal glands!
Anyway, Mom figured out I had a problem when I began to spin and bite and growl at my bum, even just two weeks after a visit to the groomer! She wants to know if there is any secret to keeping my glands excreted. She knows how to do it http://bit.ly/orDPjV (and we won’t go into the sordid details, but it really isn’t that bad), but wonders if there’s anything you guys can tell her to make it easier on me (and on her).
So, any hints for how to take care of my bum?