Principle #6 – Learning To Recognize The Signs
Watch for signs your dog has some sort of anal sac distress by noting if he ‘scoots’ his rear end on the ground or carpet, or if he constantly gnaws at his anal area. You can relieve his discomfort by ‘expressing’ his anal glands. You can perform this procedure yourself, but it’s best to get a vets guidance before attempting for the first time, as improper technique can cause further complications. When you’re bathing your dog, you can try to express their anal sacs.
This will give you a chance to wash away the foul smelling liquid and it won’t matter if it misses your paper towel. All you need to do this is your thumb, forefinger and gloves. It is a fairly simple action, though you may want someone to hold your dog’s head still. Take a decently large amount of paper towels, lift your dog’s tail and put the towels under their bottom. With fingers at the 4 o’clock and 8 positions, press gently, but be sure to keep your face well away!
Now you know more about common dog grooming issues. Some of these methods are easy enough to take care of on your own, but if your dog has issues that are concerning you should take them to see a vet as soon as you can. For other more yucky jobs like expressing anal sacs, you may wish to enlist the help of a professional so you don’t have to do it yourself. Whatever you do, just take good care of your dog to keep your pooch happy and healthy!