Anal Gland Expression Side Effects: What to Watch For

dog is scotting his butt after an anal glands expression

Key Takeaways: You took your dog to the vet to have her anal glands expressed yesterday, but she’s still scooting today. Is this normal? There are various side effects your dog may experience from anal gland expression. Fortunately, many are normal and will pass with time. Other effects may indicate your dog needs additional treatment … Read more

9 Ways to Get Rid of Anal Gland Smell From Your Stuff

dog is spreading his anal glands smell on his owners cloths

Key Takeaways: Your dog just visited the vet because he had impacted anal glands a week ago, and the doctor expressed the glands. But the house still has a lingering fishy odor. Just to be sure, you check your furbaby’s butt, and there’s no sign of trouble. What’s going on? Dogs with impacted or leaky … Read more

4 Ways to Reduce Anal Gland Smell From Your Dog

dog owner is trying to reduce her golden anal glands smell

Key Takeaways: Face it. No one likes the fishy odor of dog anal glands. So, what can you do if your furbaby starts stinking, And why do your dog’s anal glands smell so bad in the first place? The pungent odor that might come from your dog’s butt is caused by the fluid produced by … Read more

Dogs Anal Gland Smell: Everything you need to know

dog owner is smelling her dogs anal glands smell

Key takeaways: One day, I was driving my furbabies to the dog park, and one of my pups got his foot stuck in the window. Naturally, he panicked. In addition to yelping, he expressed his anal glands…YUCK! Thankfully, he wasn’t injured, and he was able to enjoy his play date. If you’ve ever been around … Read more

Why do dogs’ anal glands fill up? (Causes and prevention)

dogs anal glands are full

Key Takeaways: Your dog has two tiny sacs on either side of the anus. They contain a pungent fluid that helps your pup mark his territory and lubricates his poop. If defecation doesn’t apply enough pressure to empty the glands, they will fill up with strong-smelling liquid. When anal sacs are full, they become distended … Read more

Blocked Anal Glands in Dogs

German shepherd with blocked anal glands laying on the beach

Key Takeaways: When anal glands fail to empty properly, the oily liquid may thicken and clog the ducts. This condition is called an anal gland impaction or blockage, and it can be extremely uncomfortable or painful for your pooch. One day, a concerned owner called about their dog’s behavior. He was scooting across the floor … Read more

8 German Shepherd Common Health Issues [+Signs and Prevention]

German Shepherds are loyal and protective family members, but years of inbreeding to create a specific standard has resulted in a variety of potential health issues. Because they’re predisposed to developing health problems, it’s good to understand the risks and signs of chronic conditions. That way, if you add a German Shepherd to your family, … Read more

6 Chihuahua Common Health Issues [+Signs and Prevention]

Chihuahuas have a larger-than-life personality in a small package, but they can also suffer from some significant health issues.  Fortunately, most of the conditions are treatable, so these loyal furbabies usually live long lives. By understanding the common maladies that Chis face, you’ll be better prepared to identify and manage health concerns and keep your … Read more

13 Common Yorkshire Terrier Health Issues

You’ve decided the perfect pooch for you might just be a Yorkshire Terrier, these adorable pint-sized pups can make wonderful dogs but they also come with some known disease predispositions. Not every Yorkshire Terrier, affectionately known as a Yorkie, will experience any or all of the health conditions listed in this article. They are however … Read more

8 Beagle Common Health Issues [+Sings and Prevention]

Beagles are active, affectionate dogs that make wonderful family pets, but their long ears and genetics predispose them to some health issues. If the Beagle is topping your list of canine companions, it’s helpful to understand what types of conditions they can develop. By learning about the breed’s common health issues, you’ll be better prepared … Read more

7 Shih Tzu Common Health Issues [+Signs and Prevention]

Shih Tzus, or Lion Dogs, are generally healthy but predisposed to some health conditions. Understanding the genetics and common issues of this breed can prepare you for potential challenges your furbaby could face. In some cases, you may be able to prevent particular problems. Remember, however, that a predisposition is not a guarantee. Your dog … Read more

9 Common French Bulldog Health Issues [+Signs and Prevention]

The distinctive features that make French Bulldogs a popular breed predispose these lovable furbabies to several health issues. If you’re considering adding a Frenchie to your family, it’s helpful to research their genetically-linked health issues. You’ll want to know what to anticipate concerning chronic conditions and medical expenses. That way,  you’ll be ready to decide … Read more

My dog ate Weed. What Should I do?

Key Takeaways Weed, the colloquial term for marijuana, is the dried parts of the Cannabis plant which has long been used in herbal medicine and textiles. In modern times, weed is typically used for medicinal or recreational purposes. With more and more states in the US legalizing the use of Cannabis, we see more cases … Read more

My Dog Ate Oreos and Seems Fine – What Should I Do?

Key Takeaways: Face it. For most of us, Oreos are really yummy!  But what if your dog tries a sample when you’re snacking on a plate of these delicious cookies and step out of the room for a moment? Should you be concerned? If Fido isn’t a miniature-breed dog and only gets one bite or … Read more

My Dog ate Charcoal. What Should I Do?

Key Takeaways Most homes have charcoal, whether for grilling or composting or one of the other myriad uses, and most pooches aren’t known for their discerning palates. During grilling season, it can be easy for a pooch to sneak something from the grill, and if it’s charcoal, that could be a problem for your pooch.   … Read more

My Dog ate Cigarettes. What Should I Do?

Key Takeaways: We’re all familiar with the warning about cigarette smoking and tobacco chewing being bad for the health of us humans, but what about our dogs?  While we don’t need to worry about our furry friend smoking, they may be at risk of munching on a cigarette butt while out on a walk or … Read more