Last year, my other dog Q (believed to be a Chihuahua/Terrier mix) was diagnosed with an anal rupture! Many mammals such as dogs and cats have these small anal glands or anal sacs that are found near the anus. These glands are often known as “scent glands,” that’s why every time your dog meets another dog the first thing he or she does is sniff the butt. An anal rupture occurs when your dog’s stool is too soft to exert any pressure to secrete those glands and when those glands are not well secreted a small pimple will form outside of the anus. Similar to humans having a hemorrhoid, this anal problem can be extremely discomforting for your pet! Some key symptoms to look for are licking or biting the affected area, dragging or “scooting” their rear end across the floor, chasing its tail, difficulty in both sitting and standing comfortably, and fishy odors in their stool.
So what can you do to prevent this from happening? Just like humans, make sure your pet is getting sufficient amounts of fiber in his or her diet! Eating fiber will produce firmer stool which will lead to more pressure to exert the glands so an infection will not occur. You can also take your pet to the groomers so they can manually secrete those glands for your pet. But if you are thinking about not spending the extra cash every month you may also consider doing it yourself! Just be prepared for some flying butt juice!
Here are some basic directions from lovetoknow.com of how you can do it yourself: