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What colour is a dogs gland liquid meant to be? My dog

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What colour is a dog's anal gland liquid meant to be? My dog anal glands were very full and when I went to express him, it appeared to be a mostly yellow liquid (it appeared a tainted green colour on the tissue I used to express him). I was told as long as it isnt pus or blood, it is ok. Is this true?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Hello! My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to help you with your dog today.

Yes...that's exactly true.

The fluid from the anal glands can be clear to cloudy, yellow, brown, grey, black, green...I've actually even seen it an orange color.

It can also be pure liquid or be chunky...like cottage cheese.

As long as it's not bloody, we're good.

I hope this helps.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hello again! That has got to be the quickest response I have ever had on this site! I was told that if there is pus coming out, then there could an issue. Is this the case? When it was expressed, I couldnt tell at first glance whether it was pus or if it was just the typical yellowy-green liquid.

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Generally we don't actually see pus...mostly because pus equals infection and infected anal glands tend to rupture pretty fast...

I've expressed thousands of anals...I've never seen pus...ruptures, yes...pus no.

So odds are, you'd not see it...so we watch for blood instead.

And I'm glad I was quick!!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Good to hear. Is this site just giving away wrongful information then(look at bottom of page)?http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/symptoms-treatments-anal-sac-disease-dogs

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
I wouldn't say it's wrongful information....I'd say they're erring on the side of caution. I mean...it is POSSIBLE to see pus...it's just not very common or probable....
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I guess, it was just the extract about the colours startled me a bit, since he is otherwise a healthy wee fella (I hope!). Would the pus be a sticky liquid?

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
It's all sticky!! And smelly!! And you're a much better pet owner than I am!!

I think if it was more pus than normal liquid, it would be cloudy and possibly blood tinged since infections almost always have some red blood cell involvement.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Im surprised to hear you saying that I am a better pet owner!! Thanks for your information

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
I never express my dog's anals....stranger dogs, sure. Clients at the clinic, yep. My own? No way...I have the groomer do it!!! lol
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

How often do you have to express them? My wee fella's glands seem to fill up fairly quickly.

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
I have my maltipoos done every 6 weeks or so. Whenever he gets a haircut. But every dog is different.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I have another question which is completely different. The local authorities sent gritters out to grit the roads and I am shocked to hear about what road salt can do. How much of the stuff is bad?

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Any amount of that salt can cause damage to the paw pads of a dog...however, if the paws are wiped off as soon as you come inside, that helps a great deal.

Luckily, (or unluckily) the biggest problem comes if the dogs ingest that salt...but since it tastes so bad, most dogs don't even try.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

what can happen to the paw pads, and how much is required for it to be fatal?


 


 

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
The paw pads get irritated...red....if the salt is left on them, it can cause some ulcers.

There is no real way to determine how much....since all dogs are affected differently..some being more sensitive than others. I'd say though that about 2 tablespoons of the straight salt would be a problem.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

is this a common thing to cause deaths in dogs? i have never heard of any dog ever dying from it. Can ulcers do damage to dogs, or is it like mouth ulcers for us?

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
The ulcers are just little wounds on the feet...nothing fatal usually.

And no, this is not common for death...very, very, very, very rare.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

if he were to lick just a tiny amount, would he just throw up?

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Probably not. The tiny amount would be diluted by other things from the road...dirt...snow...whatever...so it probably wouldn't be an issue.

Got any more big vacations planned?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

nope, not until i graduate next from uni next summer(cant wait). should i be concerned about this?

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
I would not be concerned about it. I know that's not so easy for you....but I would not be worried at all.

I bet you'll be happy to be done with Uni. I'm heading to Nasheville TN this winter...giving a speech to a wildlife rehabilitation conference on how to use the internet to raise funds! I'm freaked out and super excited all at once! It's not Florida...but I'll take it!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

you will be fine, you certainly have confidence dealing with worried pet owners! so if my pooch were to talk on it, and i didnt wipe them (i would), then is it unlikely anything will happen? This is something I find really hard to believe to have been an issue in the past.


 

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
If your dog walked on it...and you dind't wipe the paws...it would probably be fine. If there was going to be an issue, you absolutely would have seen it in the past.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

thanks. hope the conference goes well.

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Thanks Garry!!

I'm sure I'll talk to you before I go!
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Lisa

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