Dogs can smell like many things, depending on what they have most recently rolled in, but one of the more unpleasant aromas dogs commonly develop is one of fish. If your dog smells like fish, it is probably not because he figured out how to spray himself with Eau de Sardine. A fishy odor is usually the result of secretions from the anal glands. These sacs are full of specialized sweat glands that produce an unpleasant smelling secretion that acts as a scent marker for your dog.
Anal gland impaction in dogs: treatment & prevention
A dog's anal glands or anal sacs are situated either side of their bottom anus. The fluid inside has a potent smell that is unique to your dog so it is great for marking territory and giving lots of personal information to other dogs. Most dogs never have an issue with these powerful little sacs and will never need their anal glands emptying but if your dog scoots their bum along the floor or smells a bit fishy, they may have an issue with their anal glands. No, most dogs do not need to have their anal sacs emptied manually.
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Do you think it is normal for Labrador Retrievers and other dogs to lick their rear? Others believe that it is normal for dogs to lick their rear because they think it is a dog's way of cleaning their anal and its surrounding area. In case you do not know, a dog licking his rear may indicate anal gland disease. The anal glands, also called anal sacs are two small glands located on both sides of a dog's rectal opening - at 8 and 4 o' clock positions. Each gland holds a brown and strong smelling liquid which is released when your dog defecates or urinates.