Why does my dog smell like fish? Emptying your dog’s anal glands

by Chelsea Dogs
why does my dog smell like fish?

Why does my dog smell like fish? Ok, it’s not a pleasant thing to talk about but it’s extremely important as your dogs health could be at risk.

Why does my dog smell like fish?

The answer lies in the behind! The anal glands to be exact! Yes, that’s right, your dog smelling fishy and licking his nether area is an indication that his anal glands may need to be emptied.

When a dog goes to the toilet (to do a number two!), these glands, or sacs, should secrete fluid, but sometimes they can get blocked or infected.

To keep the anal glands (or anal sacs) functioning properly, dogs need to eat the right amounts of fiber. Sadly, due to a lack of good fiber in the average canine diet, many dogs have to have their anal glands expressed manually… we’re getting to that part shortly!

If these glands get blocked, your dog could be in pain from an infection or even an abscess.

So, how do I empty my dogs anal glands?

You have two options:

  1. Take your dog to the vet and ask them to do it for you. It’s a very easy job for them and it will save you from:
  2. Emptying my dogs anal glands myself. Here’s a video which explains how to empty your dog’s anal gland. Just make sure you have some rubber gloves and plenty of kitchen towel or tissues to hand!


You’ll want these to hand too to clean up afterwards:

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