How to Drain Your Pug's Anal Sac

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How to Drain Your Pug's Anal Sac
Small breeds are more prone to anal impaction than large breeds. (George Doyle & Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Pugs are clean dogs, but they occasionally develop a strong, unpleasant odour that originates from their rectal area. This is a sign that the pug needs his anal glands expressed. Anal glands are small organs located near the pug’s rectum, and they contain a pungent fluid that typically gets removed from the pug’s body through defecation. When the fluid is blocked, this condition is called "anal gland impaction," a common issue for pugs.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Wet paper towel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put on a pair of rubber gloves.

  2. 2

    Put the pug on a table with his rear end facing you.

  3. 3

    Lift the pug’s tail so you have clear access to his rectum.

  4. 4

    Locate the anal glands. You cannot see the anal glands, but they are located directly next to the dog’s rectum. If the dog’s rectum is a clock face, the anal glands are situated at four o’clock and eight o’clock

  5. 5

    Press your fingers against the location of the anal glands, gently push upward toward the rectum. When done properly, a greyish-brown or black fluid oozes from the dog’s rectum.

  6. 6

    Wipe away fluid with a wet paper towel. Be sure to clean any fluid clings to the dog’s fur or rectum.

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