The Things We Do For Love
"Just put your fingers at the 4 and 8, feel for something pea sized and milk it."
"How far do I have to put my finger up there?"
"I'd rather you just do it from the outside."
"Oh, thank God!"
This is the conversation I had with my veterinarian on Friday. I had to take Phoebe in to get her anal glands checked.....again. This is the 3rd or 4th time she's had to go in to get them "expressed". She didn't have a problem with this for the first year we had her but then one night the glands were full and just exploded all over our bed. If you have a dog who takes care of this business outside or just doesn't have a problem, count your lucky stars. It's possibly one of the nastiest smells that has ever entered my nose! It's the rankest smell EVER!! I can't even explain to you in words what the scent it because it would make me feel unlady like to describe it to you :)
There has been a couple of nights were it's happened in her sleep and it wakes Zach and I up because it's so strong. A couple of weeks ago Zach moved to the couch because he just couldn't take it. I, on the other hand, sprayed some body spray and stretched my little self out. It's rare that I actually get room in the (king size) bed because I sleep around Phoebe who will only sleep on my side of the bed. (She loves her momma.) A couple of months ago one of her accidents led to me getting a new cell phone case because mine was ruined during the process. Totally gross!! (I did get a new pretty one though.)
So, if your dog is giving off a smell that you know good and well is not gas or if they are licking the air around their tail you may want to get them checked out before it goes too far. (The vet said they could also scoot their butt to let you know it's a problem. I'm glad Phoebe doesn't do this.) I don't know how uncomfortable it makes Phoebe but I know it bothers her and let's be honest, it bothers me too :)
I don't want to have to take her in every month and pay to have it done so I learned how to do it myself. I'm pretty sure Zach will not take part in this so wish me luck about a month from now. I'm so going to need it!
Have an awesome day!
...just watching a little television, that's all...