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For the past couple of weeks my female has been licking her behind frequently and has a fishy smell. She is a little over a year old and is spayed. I have noticed a slight discharge from her backside but it is clear, yet it too smells fishy. It is not her food as we have been using the same food (and it is not a fish based formula) for over 6 months.

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Sounds like her anal glands. For whatever reason, that stuff smells kinda fishy!

Has she had soft stools lately? If they're too soft, her glands are unable to express on their own (they require the pressure from firmer stools), which is why she might lick at it, or start scooting. She might also have allergies, which can cause some anal gland problems to pop up. In the spring, my dog's are always a little problematic, since has has some seasonal allergy right around then.

The fluid is clear, so that's good! If she's having problems expressing her glands, you can take her to the vet or even a good groomer that is capable of expressing them. You can even have them show you how to do it, if it's something you're willing to take care of on your own.
 

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Thanks all!! We just went to the vet 2 weeks ago for her check up! This didn't start until after that!! BOO!!! Oh well, looks like we are headed back.

Her stools start out firm but then appear to get soft. Would adding some additional fiber to her diet help too?
 

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Would adding some additional fiber to her diet help too?

Yes it helps a lot. We add a sprinkle of psyllium husk powder to their food in the morning and evening and it has really helped this problem in our three dogs (our 2 females had it the worst). Just be careful to not add too much and I have read it is better dry than wet.

Also - most groomers will express anal glands too - no need for a vet visit. It typically costs $8-12 to have them do it.
 

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Thanks!!

Like the groomer idea!! Just shelled out enough to the vet!!

Will try the powder option too! I was reading to give her prunes but I believe I read in the past that anything in the grape/raisin family was not good for dogs.
 

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You are right. Stay away from raisins, grapes, etc.

It sounds like anal gland problems, all right. Viszlas, unfortunately, are prone to them. My dog, Willie, had a really stubborn anal gland infection back in the fall of 2011. It took three different courses of antibiotics to finally clear it up. If having the groomer express her anal glands doesn't help, get back to the Vet right away.
 

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Pumpkin is our personal cure-all for poop problems. Too soft? Too hard? Add a dollop of canned pumpkin to each meal, and within 36 hours, all is well! Plus it's really cheap!

I usually keep a can or two on hand. You can freeze it once you've opened the can, but I usually just refrigerate the leftovers and continue to add it to his food until it's all gone. It's so inexpensive that it's no big deal, plus Jasper loves it. Make sure it's plain pumpkin, and not pumpkin pie filling. Easy peasy!
 

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Anal glands are really easy to express... they do smell nasty but the smell goes away fast since anal gland juice, for the most part, is water soluble. We do it at shower time (it doesn't smell when washed away) two or three times a year.

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We give Riley sweet potatoes for extra fiber. :) She had leaky anal glands on our couch the other day (we just ran out of sweet potatoes a few days ago) - time to restock our veggies!
 

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Hi everyone,

We have a similar thing going on with Bella, she has cream coloured discharge and the smell I can't really explain. Fishy hormonal smell is all I can describe. She is only 15 weeks, any thoughts guys? Thank you in advance, this forum is a great help to me when I haven't a clue. Your all so helpful. :)
 

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Angie said:
Hi everyone,

We have a similar thing going on with Bella, she has cream coloured discharge and the smell I can't really explain. Fishy hormonal smell is all I can describe. She is only 15 weeks, any thoughts guys? Thank you in advance, this forum is a great help to me when I haven't a clue. Your all so helpful. :)
If I remember right Bella was having soft stools. When stools are soft or runny the glands are not expressed naturally.
 

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Just pulled this thread back because I think Elza had some discharge a few times in the last 3 days.
She has normal firm stools (except once this week when she had one soft) and I don't really understand why this thing just popped up. Sometimes all of a sudden she would start to lick her bum and then I can smell it too. Today just as I was walking with her she stopped and licked her bum, when we got back I could still smell it so I had to clean her, it looked like it was on her hair... :eek:

She's been on antibiotics for other reasons for more than a week now and I wonder if there could be any connection to that.
Did anyone noticed this before?
 

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Ugh Ruby is having fishy smell issues as well. She did it the other night in bed with us and it woke us up! She will also do it if she gets startled.

We expressed them a few weeks ago and it helped for a bit, but now it's back.
 

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Hm, now you mention it just before it happened she got attacked by a nasty dog. She was running around like crazy with her tail between her legs and this dog was just going for her. Stupid owner was in no control whatsoever!!! I tried to quickly call her to get away and I think she finally snapped at the other dog which slowed her/him down a bit and the owner shouted at it finally! :mad: just a minute or so later she stopped to lick her bum.

Strange...

My pointer used to have loads of problems with her anal glands and the vet eventually said its better to have it out so she had a small operation to remove them.

I wonder if we start to express it then we have to do it all the time after that. :eek:
 

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Cooper has this issue in the car EVERY time we go on a long trip. I think it must be anxiety/stress related. :(
 

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I am surprised that Cooper gets stressed in the car when he has Riley to give him comfort.

If you think it is stress related, as it only happens in the car why not try Adaptil spray. Adrino had great success using it on Elza in the car and I have since recommended it to two friends who have also had great success with it.

You might find it on ebay.
 

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Ok, so it seems it can be stress related.
Although twice it happened while she was asleep on the sofa next to me and she would wake up and start to lick herself.

What is a healthy colour of the discharge? :eek: :-X
So at least I know when we have a problem...
I'm going to leave it for now to see what happens if it goes away once we stopped the antibiotics.

threefsh I would definitely suggest for you the Adaptil Dap Spray. All you need to do is spray it in the car 10 minutes before you leave every time you go out with Riley and Cooper. Both ways of course... ::) Before you know it he will be cured!
 

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Riley has had anal gland problems since he was small whether his poo is firm or soft. We kept shelling out $30 to have the vet do it every other week. His one side had chunky white stuff in it continually and it had to be done often to keep it from blocking. The vet finally took the time and taught me to do it. (i'm the only one in our family with a stomach strong enough for figure). We went from having to do it that often to just once in awhile now. I put yogurt on the boys food and this seems to help with the gas and digestive issues. Like DataCan said, it's really easy and only takes a few minutes. We don't do it at bath time, I just take him outside then give him a squirt of Timmy Holedigger and all smells well!
 

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Thanks for the info Emily! I'll wait until she gets off the antib. and see if that changes anything.
 
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