No More Stinky Dog! Home Remedies for Dog Anal Gland Smell

Learn how to get rid of dog anal gland smell from your dog and your home with these easy and natural home remedies. Plus, find out what causes this problem and how to prevent it.

No More Stinky Dog! Home Remedies for Dog Anal Gland Smell
With home remedies, you can say goodbye to the smell of dog anal glands on your dog and in your house.

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If you own a dog, you may have encountered a nasty problem: dog anal gland smell. It's a common and unpleasant issue for dog owners. The cause is fluid that leaks from two small sacs near your dog’s anus. With a strong and distinctive odor, it can make your pet and your home stink. As a fellow dog owner, I understand how annoying and embarrassing this can be. The good news is, I'm sharing some proven home remedies that will help. Learn what causes this problem, how to clean your dog’s anal glands and your home, and how to prevent it from happening again.

What Causes Dog Anal Gland Smell?

Dog anal glands are two small pouches located on either side of your dog’s anus. They contain a fluid with a strong and distinctive odor, similar to fish or metal. The fluid is normally expressed when your dog poops, leaving a scent trail for other dogs to sniff.

However, some dogs have trouble expressing their anal glands naturally. This is either because their stools are too soft, their glands are too full, or they have an infection or inflammation in the area. When this happens, the fluid can build up and leak out, causing a foul-smelling mess on your dog’s fur and skin.

Signs of Anal Gland Problems

If you notice any of these symptoms, you should take your dog to the vet for a checkup. Your vet will manually express the glands and prescribe antibiotics or supplements if needed.

  • Scooting their rear end on the floor or grass
  • Licking or biting their anal area
  • Straining or having difficulty pooping
  • Blood or pus in their stool or near their anus
Take your dog to the vet for a checkup to diagnose anal gland problems.

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How to Clean Your Dog’s Anal Glands

If your dog’s rear end smells like anal glands, you’ll want to clean it as soon and as safely as possible! Here are four ways to do that:

1. Pet Cleaning Wipes

This is a quick and easy solution that I use often. Pet cleaning wipes are convenient and deodorizing. They can help remove fluid and odor from your dog’s anus and surrounding area. You can find them in different scents and hypoallergenic options.

One word of caution: pet cleaning wipes may not work well for dogs with long hair near their anal glands, as they may not remove all the fluid and odor. For these dogs, you may need another method.

2. Dog Ear Cleaning Solution

This may sound strange, but many vets use this to clean the anal glands. Ear cleaning solutions, such as Epi-Otic, dissolve and remove oily fluid and neutralize the smell. I learned this trick from my vet and it works well for me.

To use this method, soak a gauze pad or cloth in the solution and wipe your dog’s anus and surrounding area. You can also use Epi-Otic on clothes and surfaces where smells are present. Apply a generous amount of cleaner to the area and let it soak for a few minutes or until the smell is removed.

3. Human Deodorant

Vets often use this trick to mask anal gland odor. Simply spray some natural deodorant onto a gauze pad or cloth and wipe your dog's anus and backside area. But be careful not to spray it directly on their skin, as it may cause irritation.

Be mindful that some deodorants may contain harmful ingredients for dogs such as alcohol, aluminum, or fragrances that can cause irritation, allergies, or toxicity. So, use a natural and unscented kind, and keep it away from their mouth and eyes. And don't use it too often, as it may affect your dog's natural scent.

I once tried this method when I ran out of pet wipes and ear cleaner. It did help cover up the smell temporarily, but not completely. So, in my opinion, this is not a long-term solution.

4. Dog Shampoo

If none of the above methods work, try giving your dog a bath with good-quality dog shampoo. This will help wash away any remaining fluid and odor from your pet's fur and skin. Make sure to rinse well and dry thoroughly.

I usually give my dog a bath after expressing his anal glands at the vet or groomer. This helps keep him clean and fresh-smelling.

Tips for Eliminating Dog Anal Gland Smell in Your Home

If your dog has leaked anal gland fluid onto your furniture, carpet, or bedding, you’ll want to clean it as soon as possible too. Here are three simple ways to do that:

1. Use an Enzymatic Cleaner

An enzymatic cleaner is a type of cleaner that contains natural enzymes that break down organic matter, such as urine, blood, and anal gland fluid. It can effectively remove stains and odors from your home without harming the fabric or surface. You can find enzyme cleaners at pet stores or online.

To use them, follow the label instructions. Usually, you’ll need to spray the cleaner on the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. Blot it with a paper towel or cloth and let it air dry. You'll probably need to repeat the process for stubborn stains or smells.

2. Baking Soda and Vinegar

If you don’t have an enzymatic cleaner handy, you can use baking soda and vinegar instead. These are natural ingredients that neutralize odors and remove stains from your home. Here is how to use them step-by-step:

  1. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the affected area and lightly rub it with your hand. Leave it on for at least four hours or overnight for maximum results.
  2. Vacuum up the baking soda and prepare a vinegar solution. Mix one part white vinegar with three parts water in a spray bottle. Shake well before use.
  3. Spray the vinegar solution over the area until it is damp but not soaked. You should see some fizzing as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda.
  4. Blot the area with a clean paper towel or cloth to absorb excess moisture. Do not rub or scrub as this may spread the stain or damage the fabric.
  5. Let the area air dry completely and check for any remaining odors or stains. If needed, repeat the process until you are satisfied.
Remove dog anal gland odors from carpets with these tips.

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3. Use a Steam Cleaner

Steam cleaners are eco-friendly devices that use hot water and steam to effectively remove dirt, bacteria, and odors from surfaces. They come in useful for cleaning carpets, upholstery, and hard floors, which are common areas for pets to leave their mark. You could rent or buy one online to make cleaning up after your dog a hassle-free experience.

To use it,

  • Fill the tank with water and attach the appropriate nozzle or attachment for your surface.
  • Turn on the machine and move it slowly over the affected area. Steam will loosen dirt and odors and suck it into the tank.
  • Empty the tank when it’s full and rinse it with clean water.
  • Let the area dry completely before using it again.

Final Thoughts

Dog anal gland smell is a common and unpleasant problem for dog owners. It can make your dog uncomfortable and your home smell unpleasant. But these home remedies should do the trick; I’ve tried them and found that they are proven to be effective in cleaning my dog’s anal glands as well as my home. Remember, the key is to keep their glands empty and healthy by feeding them a high-fiber diet, exercising them regularly, and checking them for signs of infection or inflammation.

Sources and Further Reading

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2023 Louise Fiolek


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