This is an anal gland question......I read up on past forum posts and I just have a few questions for those that have dealt with this before. Is the strong fishy smell normal or a sign that there is something wrong? and is leaking normal? Our puppy is 4months old and has normal poopies, nice and firm and has never scooted her behind or been caught licking it - so no reason to believe there is blockage. I noticed past forum talk about food allergies causing problems, but I am I wrong to think this is because the BM is not properly formed and there is loose stool? ..or is it known that specific dietary contents cause more anal gland fluid?
Here is our story: Our pup got into some burdocks in her hair at the park so my husband and I teamed up to remove them from her paws and face. We luckily had just bought a beef knuckle bone that she is insanely crazy about so I held it in my hand with her bum on my lap while she nawed like crazy on it while my husband brushed the burs out of her muzzle (she was very content to naw the bone and ignore the hair pulling). Next thing I know we smell this awful smell ...we thought she tooted but when she lifted her bum there were two spots on my pants and it wasn't urine. Our research led us to believe this was anal gland fluid since it distinctly smelled like fish and was very foul smelling.
What I am wondering is if this event was normal, an isolated incident, or a sign that she may have a problem with her glands? We have a vet visit in a week so I will ask her then but in the meantime I thought I would ask the forum....