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Is That A Fishy Smell From The Dog?

Updated on May 20, 2014
They didn't talk about this on Lassie
They didn't talk about this on Lassie

No matter how many dog books you read, dog movies you see, or dogs you walk by on the street, nothing can prepare you for the "fishy." This is what my Mom and I call the smell that emanates from the dog's anal glands. I'm surprised they never talked about this in Lassie. "Woof! Woof!" "What is it, girl? Is Timmy down the -- OH MY GOSH! What is that SMELL? Lassie, did you just do a fishy?" "Whine."

What On Earth Is THAT?

Usually for no reason, and without any warning whatsoever, your dog's anal glands will spontaneously empty. There will be a sudden stink reminiscent of of fish left too long in the sun. Your dog will often leave a clear or brown mucus-like small discharge from the anus onto the carpet, couch, or whatever they happen to be sitting on. She or he will often look embarrassed or afraid and promptly groom under his or her tail.

The discharge usually does not leave a stain and is entirely gone within 24 hours. In the meantime, break out the Lysol and make the best of it. The only thing that makes the smell go away entirely is time. After a few months, you start to get used to it. Once you whiff it, it can be a source of great amusement for the family to tease the dog about his or her "fishies." Don't go overboard with the teasing, though.

Why Is This Happening?

This "fishy" is actually normal. Ideally, the anal glands only discharge when a dog is pooping or when extremely scared. But, like everything else in life, the anal glands don't often work as they should. Sometimes, through no fault of the dog at all, they will suddenly empty. I cannot emphasize enough that the dog cannot control this.

When a dog scoots his or her behind on the carpet, literally dragging the anus along the carpet, this is a sign that the anal glands are uncomfortably full and need to empty. The discharge usually is non-staining, starts dissipating after an hour and is entirely gone in 24 hours. A dog can scoot and still have spontaneous "fishies."

Do I Need To Go To The Vet?

If your dog has "fishies" but is otherwise acting normally, eating normally and excreting normally, there is not much a vet can do. If your dog is constantly licking and cleaning his or her behind, then something is wrong. Anal glands can get infected and sometimes need to be surgically removed. Check also for sores or abnormal redness or even blood or pus.

The vet can teach you how to empty your dog's anal glands yourself. This is called "expressing the anal glands" and is one of the services dog groomers and some vet offices provide, usually at a separate cost. There are even tutorials online about how to express your dog's anal glands yourself. But, only do this for big, very mellow dogs, please. You might need to actually insert your forefinger into the dog's anus, which can be a bit of a shock for the dog.

Do I express my dog's anal glands? No. She's nervous enough as it is. And I have poor eyesight. Besides, the smell is not that much of a bother. I check that her anal glands are not infected, and the rest I leave for the vet.

It is often said that soft stool and not enough fiber in the diet can lead to more "fishies."

Don't be angry at your dog for having "fishies." Considering the love and affection your dog provides for you, a few stink bombs are a small price to pay. If anyone in your family complains about the dog's "fishies," remind the complainer of all the times they don't exactly smell like roses.



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    Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

    A lady my mother knows, has her dogs' anal glands emptied at the vet. One of the three, had to be rushed to the vet, and that's what he prescribed, so now she brings them all in every so many months or so.

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    RenaSherwood 9 years ago

    That's a good way to deal with it -- let the vet do it :-) Thanks for taking the time to read my humble article.

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    Joanie Ruppel 8 years ago from Texas

    I have to say this explains a lot of strange behaviour of our dog. Thanks.

  • rae21 8 years ago

    Thanks for the help....i thought that my dog was getting into some garbage outside. but turns out it was just the "Fishies". Thanks Again!

  • natalie 8 years ago

    Thank you for the "Fishies!" So gross, but I feel better now that my dog doesn't have an infection. Thanks!!!!

  • Pam 8 years ago

    My boyfriend and I had wondered for a long time what exactly that smell was. It's gross but it is nice to finally have an answer to what it was. Thanks

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  • Grace 8 years ago

    My Great Dane just started this and I was wondering if someone was feeding her something they shouldn't. Thank you for putting my mind at ease.

  • renee 8 years ago

    Thanks for the info. I have a pitbul and a dashound and they both sometimes smell like fish. I'm glad to know this is sum what normal. I thought the high quality food that I was feeding them was junk.

  • Gemma 8 years ago

    This website made me laugh so much, my dog has fishies now poor girl lol!

  • James 7 years ago

    I just adopted my beagle a few months ago and noticed the fishy smell.

    We have another dog and have never had this happen before. We were worried something was seriously wrong with new dog.

    Thank you very much for this article, It has put our mind at ease and now we can laugh about it now instead of worry.

  • Sarah 7 years ago

    My dog had a really bad dream and it looked like she was almost convulsing in her sleep. I woke her up and she looked really scared and dazed. She got up from her baed and suddenly there was this terrible fishy stench! This article explains it! Thank you.

  • Darcy 7 years ago

    I asked the vet about this a year ago and he told me somewhat you said. I was nervous because my dog does it almost once a week. I was going to call my vet today, but after reading your article, I don't think I need to. She is acting completely normal, eating, excreting, playing etc. and I've checked for signs of an infection. Thanks for the information!

  • Lynn 7 years ago

    Thanks for this information, it was just what I was looking for! I had a beagle/pointer mix who never smelled fishy, and we recently adopted a lab/pit bull mix who has this fish smell that mysteriously comes and goes. I'm relieved to learn it's normal and won't permanently ruin my furniture.

  • Sarah 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for explaining this! This sometimes happens when my dog is barking. I couldn't figure out what it was!

  • Linda 7 years ago

    Phew, I thought something was wrong with my girl, but now you've put my mind at ease. We have two mixed breed dogs, the larger one has been having the "fishies" every few weeks. However, we haven't noticed an odor on our smaller, male dog, but he definitely does the butt drag thing, while she does not??

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    Eternal Evolution 7 years ago from kentucky

    Thanks for this hub, just a few days ago we noticed our Boxer Joda smelled like fish. This explains why lol.

  • Debbi Kruger 7 years ago

    I am so glad that my Chow Chow is not the only one that has this problem, I was beginning to think that she was an alien. The smell is really hectic and bathing does not even help. She sleeps on our bed and climbes on the furniture and well it is not pleasant. I will just have to keep some baby wet wipes handy and wipe away when it gets too bad. I had no objection keeping my daughter clean when she was a baby so I guess my four legged daughter will be no different, thanks for the info, it was really helpful!

  • Arianne 7 years ago

    I'm pet-sitting for a friend and her Shih-Tzu has this. I was scared she got sick or had an infection from my house! I'm glad that this is all it is.

  • EM4488 7 years ago

    Ohmigosh! My dog isn't the only one! He has done this twice, both out of fear. Both times he got his head stuck in the car window (about 10 seconds each time) and "squirted." It smelled SO bad!

  • samanthur 7 years ago

    eeeewwwww!!!!!!!! hahahahah!

  • skeeter25271 7 years ago

    How do you know if the glands are infected? My dog has the fishies and is constantly licking her tail. She will jump like something stuck or bit her. She does not have fleas. Does this mean her glands may be infected?

  • britt 7 years ago

    okay thanks

  • monkeymike 7 years ago

    That explains a lot. We always just said the dog was juicy fartin' when he started licking his butthole.

  • rousse 7 years ago

    Thank God I found this Coon hound and saved his damn life. Now it's one new awful thing after another. I have had dogs my whole life and have never experienced this! I kept thinking his bum was sore and kept putting Bag Bomb on it, which I think has made it worse. This particular dog I love very much, also smells like corn chips.... which my husband hates.

  • stacie 7 years ago

    We've been calling them "fish blasts" for 15 years and always blamed it on the female dog, poor thing! Great article, thanks!

  • tizzi 7 years ago

    OMG - So that's what it is.....It's smells soooo bad too!

    I thought it was Pyometra but my dog has been spayed and is in good health. I just wondered why she's only just started doing it? She's 4 and has never done before, and has smelled 3 times in the last few months!

  • Tash 7 years ago

    Our beagle cross has done this since she was a pup. Sometimes she can go 3 months without a "fishbomb"(as we call it) yet in the last 10 days shes probably done 3 or 4!! Putrid!!

  • joseph 7 years ago

    thanks for the wonderful i nowk what is happening to my dog. thanks again.

  • Enya 7 years ago

    "it can be a source of great amusement for the family"


    That's great!!! Thank you this actually put me at ease. This article was a great source of amusement for me.

  • eeew 7 years ago

    landfill sites smell better than this, Never wanted one in my front room though!!!!


  • Debbie 7 years ago

    How funny!I was shocked the first this happened and the kids thought it was me. Great to hit on something that tells you exactly what you need to know, my dogs just had one sitting next to me on the sofa lol....quite put me off my king prawns....nice timing Tom

  • Sydney 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for this very informative article! My husband and I have been scratching our heads trying to figure out what the fishy smell in our house was, we were only getting it every now and then. We just added a Beagle to our home, and I thought maybe it was some REALLY bad breathe, and the very first time I smelled it, I thought he'd gotten into our garbage can! We've had other dogs previous to Buddy, so this the dog thing is not new, but the "fishies" sure are! Thanks so much for helping us understand! :)

  • heather 7 years ago

    I just want to say thanks...this article just answered my question to why my boxer/lab has a fishy smell every few weeks....LOL now that I know what it is..I know what to say to my vet....... THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!

  • Christina 7 years ago

    I have a Shitz tzu and her "fishies" get so intense that my whole bedroom reaks. We took her to groomer and for the first time had her glands done. It's now been a week and she is doing it again. My whole room smells gross of fishies.. It can get so nasty to smell it and it lingers on and on for hours...

  • erin. 7 years ago

    yeah, pretty gross, but thankfully not occuring too often! i never knew exactly what it was, but was pretty on target with my guess. it's good to know it's normal:) hopefully next time he does it, he won't be laying on my side of the bed!

  • debbie 7 years ago

    thanks everyone for all the info i thought there was something wrong with my little bella! its so bad but she is worth it,sure she is embaresed when it happens!just like any girl ha ha

  • Tia Macaw 7 years ago

    Every time I take my dog to the vet, I noticed this smell, and I thought the vet office waiting room was not clean. Now I know that he was feeling threatened by the other dogs and that is why he was making this smell. This was just what I was looking for! Thanks for the info!

  • goffy 7 years ago

    besides the brownish color is it also white? and thank u so much by reading this article made me calm down a lot i thought my dog had eat a frog or something ! =S

  • Reba 7 years ago

    My Dashound smells like old copper pennys. You are right about how embressed they can act. He is so funny. Think you!

  • Rank 7 years ago

    Thank you for this! My wife and I thought this was a male dogs way of shooting his blanks....We were wrong and thank GOD; but there is nothing better about it coming out of his ass. At least we know that he is normal!

  • Rick 6 years ago

    Thanks for these informative comments. We thought our dog's butt was infected or something. We tried neosporin, desitin, A + D cream, and hydrocortizone spray. Nothing helped the %^&$%#! fishy smell. It's a horrible smell. Our dog has turned into a skunk.

  • victoria 6 years ago

    thanks for this article, its helped me a lot. my dog is in season and ithought that this could be the course for her fishy smell as some other articles have said this, however she is constantly scooting across the carpet and then leave a clear substance that is then followed by that fishy smell. she stinks but we hall get it sorted. poor lass

  • Rebecca C 6 years ago

    My pug has terrible fishies at times and whilst it is a consolation that the furniture won't stain, I can't stand the smell... taking her to the vet this arvo. Not sure if it is her glands anyway because she never drags her arse..

  • Tanner W 6 years ago

    Today me and my girlfriend were walking our two dogs and a tractor drove by and scared the hell out of our small husky. As soon as we got to the car she jumped in and the whole car immediately smelled like "fish" i figured it had to be some hormonal thing but ur article answered my question. Thanks a lot, couldve spent atleast a hundred dollars taking her to the vet

  • Rank 6 years ago

    Our dog has done this a few more times than we would like. Is there something that we should get checked out? Maybe an infection or something? Should it happen more than once in a week?

  • Hodad69 6 years ago

    My dog Roxy, a boxer, has the "FISHIES" and she just fishied up the back seat of our truck! Thanks for the story. We were wondering what was going on.

  • rowanwm 6 years ago

    thank you for the "to the point information" I called and talked to my vet about this and they acted like I was insane. Guess they do't want to do any "expressing". Time for a new vet. There is no way the vet's office didn't know what this smell was. No feakin way, There are few things that smell this bad and once smelled...unmistakable. Stupid Vet tech. Thank you seriously! Plus all the comments have really been hilariously true.

  • Rover1 6 years ago

    Omg thanks so much for this info. I was just researching, because i was lying down on the couch with my dog and when i got up to make lunch i saw this liquid on my leg from where he sat and it started to smell like fish. I thought my dog was going through some issues idk so, just thanks!

  • MandyRae0622 6 years ago

    So now that we've identified the problem, how do we mask the smell? I can tell you that chasing the dog around the house spraying febreze at his bum doesn't work!

  • Natalie 6 years ago

    OMG!!! I can't stop laughing reading all these comments! Thanks for the info too, we weren't sure exactly what part of her anatomy the smell was coming from, and now we know. I just wish the smell wasn't so AWFUL!!!!

  • Claire 6 years ago

    Thanks I just googled "why does liquid come out of my dog's butt" after I saw a little wetness on the couch after he got up and a little bit around his anus. The smell is horrible. I thought something was seriously wrong!!

  • Gina 6 years ago

    I am up at 11pm after giving my dog a bath. I smelled this HORRIBLE odor on our bed... sniffed around and my nose wound up near her rear... I am still gagging from the smell. Not even a bath got rid of that horrible oily, stinky smell. Now I have a wet dog mixed in with the fishes... woo hoo. My bedroom smells horrible. But, tomorrow I will call the vet to see if she needs to have anything emptied. Loved the article. Thanks!

  • May 6 years ago

    Thanks for writing this! My female dachshund has been doing this and I thought it had something to do with her heat. Today, her son gave off the same smell and I got worried! Thanks for putting my mind at ease! Thanks again!

  • zanna 6 years ago

    my dogs 8 months and on heat for the first time, she's been on for a week, before she started she had a fishy discharge, and a week later its back again with avengence! she's also constantly cleaning herself. is this normal??

  • Natty 6 years ago

    OMG how funny we always thought it was Bug's willy! We worked out it was him bum and then I found this. Bless him!

  • Patty G 6 years ago

    We effectionately call it "smelly butt"

  • chica 6 years ago

    i have a 4 yr old male dachshund and have noticed the 'fishies' over the past year or so. they are rather frequent, and seem to occur not only when is startled, but also when he is very contented, eg, when he is snoozing on my lap or when he is riding in the car. the smell is very potent and has been, on occasion, accompanied by a discharge.

    Reba, i agree that the smell does have a distinct note of 'old copper pennys'! very odd, and very gross!

    in our house, the smell is known simply as 'bum-smell', as in 'oh no, Nossie has bum smell', or 'haha! you've just been bum-smelled!'.

    thank you so much for the article, and for all the posts. its really comforting to know that this is a normal function, that my dog isn't unwell, and that i am not the only poor person who has the misfortune of being constantly 'bum-smelled'!

  • Cindy 6 years ago

    My Springer Spaniel did this the other day on an off-white chair. I came home from work and found this brown "stuff" left on it. It smelled horrible. It was quite an amount---this has happened while she has been sitting on our laps but only a very small amount---we called it "leaky butt-hole" but this occurance was quite a large amount. I guess something must've scared her while we were at work.

  • Krissy 6 years ago

    I am happy I read this article. We have one male dog, a friend of ours came to our house for the week with her male dog, and our was going right to town on him. We were worried it may have been the smell of semen, I am so glad it isn't. Thanks

  • sharon 6 years ago

    thank god i read this. thought my 5 month puppie was abnormal,but god it stinks so bad.

  • Jen 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for this! I was SO worried when my 5 month old puppy had this happen to her. To me, it had a metallic smell and it freaked me out! I though maybe she swallowed something like a penny. haha Thanks again! :)

  • Jae K. 6 years ago

    My dog had an encounter with the BIG dog next door and my roommate and I noticed a VERY fishy smell. We at first thought that it was an odor coming from the dog that came from next door, but obviously my poor little miniature daushand literally almost had the "crap" scared out of him. LOL This was very helpful in figuring out what that fishy smell was. :)

  • Rinky 6 years ago

    This ad has defiently helped me out. My 9 mo old pitt was sitting in the front room and all of a sudden I got this horrible smell. I quickley smelled her and it was coming from her and did not think she was in heat again as she just ended her cycle 2 months ago. I did not know about the "fishies" but now I do thank you.

  • nattie 6 years ago

    OMG.. i have got the giggles reading this... some peoples comments are sooooooooo funny lol i have got a 4 yr old black pug and for ages i couldn't work out why she kept doing "fish burgers" on me lol..thanks this article was soooo useful.. seriously thought it was just my dog that did it.. i was like. omg there is something seriously wrong with her. but o dear it STINKS so bad.. its rank

  • amanda 6 years ago

    OMG!!! This just happened to me - well on me, courtesy of my Pugalier Cameron. We were just sitting quietly, having some dog love time, and pow! I smelt this smell. At first I thought it had something to do with the cat but then I looked at my leg and ewwww. god just the thought. I had to change my jeans. It smells like someone tipped an old can of sardines onto me. Thanks for the great article

  • Simorgh 6 years ago

    I have cold feet to buy a dog now. Dose the intensity of "going fishy" depends on the breed or sex of the dog at all?

  • cattt 6 years ago

    the first time my dog did this, she was lying under my duvet in my bed and i accidently kicked her up the ass, and she squirted that god damned fish bomb on me. i was like grossed out to the max and was gagging. so i got my mum to clean it up ;)

  • jamIe 6 years ago

    We call it butt juicing!! It's the most foul smell...I hate when our weiner dog does it!! Ugh!

  • 6 years ago

    My Jack Russell seems to do this on a daily occasion, when he's been sat down for a while, he'll get up and start licking the "juice", EWW, then he does this funny thing with his bottom lip.

    Should I be worried that he does this every day? He is otherwise OK but it really disgusts me when he licks at it!

    And yes it smells soooo bad. I have a chihuahua too and he doesn't have this problem?

  • Tari 6 years ago

    My dog is 11 now and this is the first time this has happened. It smells horrible. How can. I get this stinky smell from my home. Its making my son sick to the stomach.

  • Danielel 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness, this article made me laugh :) My dog has "fishies" all the time...well at least once a week. We call it "fish bum" - yours sounds a little nicer haha. He is quite humiliated by it and I feel so bad for him, but he is good about cleaning it up, so I don't worry too much. You couldn't be more right in the fact that they make it up in more ways than one with their companionship...I love my big boy despite that rancid smell haha

    Thanks for the read!!

  • Danielle again (spelled name wrong before haha) 6 years ago

    In response to Simorgh, I don't think it does matter what breed you buy or the sex. My dog is a BullMastiff X and a male and he gets it all the time. My other dog (a pitbull) hasn't had it YET, he's still a pup, so I hope he doesn't!

    My aunt has cocker spaniels and they get it quite frequently ( I don't think their gender has mattered). Also, upon reading the other comments, it looks like there are all kinds of breeds this happens to.

    It's just "luck" of the draw, I guess.

    Don't be deterred from getting a pup, it seriously is disgusting, but it shouldn't happen every day and dogs are such a great addition to the family!!

  • Nancy 6 years ago

    Thanks for your article. I was reading some other posts online and was worried that the rotten fish smell might have been a sign of infection in my Fox Hound but from your article and all the comments it seems like the fishy smell is normal for the anal glands. This also explains why our MinPin makes a meal out of his rear end regularly (and only his breath ever smells fishy). Guess it's about time for a vet visit for him

  • Ashdens mom 6 years ago

    So funny, up late and researching my puppies fish butt lol.. Didn't think I was going to find anything at all on this random google, chuckled as I typed it in the search engine.. here I am laughing at the comments on this page.. my question is, How do I know if his glands are to full or if they are just releasing naturally? Should I just observe this for a few weeks, or rush to have them excreeted? Thanks :)

  • Brittttttttt 6 years ago

    This is definitely relieving. I have a 6 month old chug. [chihuahua pug mix] ever since she went into heat, & even a few weeks before that, she's been licking herself constantly & we get this awful fish smell. My boyfriend & I had no idea what it was. She does it a couple times a week. sometimes a couple times a day. It only lasts a few seconds though, thank God!

    Also, do you know anything about seizures? This is the second time my dog has done this. she will start making noises and her stomach will move like she's about to throw up but then she gets real unsteady and just falls over and starts shaking. each time i went right over and picked her up frantically then she'd start running around acting fine afterwards? i'm not to sure if it's a seizure or not? any information would really help!

  • Jenny 6 years ago

    Both our dogs - lab and mixed terrier - are mostly indoor dogs. [Well, it IS about 99 today] When they return from a romp outside they bring in this drained pond or algae odor. I don't notice it any other time. And I've never noticed a discharge. You think they are smart enough to drop their fish bombs outside? It dissipates fairly quickly once they come in. I had been looking for the cause outside - like standing water or fishy vegetation.

    Thanks for the info. Very interesting....

  • Holly & Jasper 6 years ago

    Gotta love the internet!!! Thank you everyone for your comments! Our Chocolate Lab is 6months and we have smelt this before wondering what the heck it was!! Then tonight I smelt it again and felt that his tail was wet...and fishy!!! He doesn't do it when he is scared though, he was actually asleep haha. Thanks again! Makes us feel a lot better knowing he is not the only one with the "fishies"!

  • JJo 6 years ago

    Three Words: Bless the Internet!

  • maddie 6 years ago

    i was just laying on a friends couch and the dog "emptied its anal gland onto my hand! hopefully my hand wont smell for 24 hourss

  • arose352 6 years ago

    I am so glad that someone has finally talked about this besides a vet. Also, I am very glad that it isn't an infection or something that medicine would control. However, I would like to add that when my dog has her "fishie" time, it is usually on the carpet. What I found to neutralize the odor is half vinegar and half water solution. The vinegar acts as a natural deoderizer. It's not bad if you don't mind having your carpet like a salad, but the "fishie" smell is gone.

  • Taz 6 years ago

    Oh Lord! This was so funny, I was crying! Thanks for the valuable information ... and thanks to the posters for the wonderful humor. We have a 4 month old puppy and I thought she was a broken model :) That stench is heinous but we love the little girl so it's something we'll just have to deal with. Thanks again to all!

  • Fiona 6 years ago

    I am doubled up with laughter and have tears pouring down my face! All of the comments however are true. Our 7 year old boxer had this problem for the first time tonight and OMG, it absolutely stinks - I am gagging! Hope it doesn't last too long!!!!!!!!!

  • Lindsey 6 years ago

    My dog daisy is a mini schnauzer, I've had her since she was 12 weeks and been dealing with the smell ever sense. She is a total garbage dog and I actually thought it had something to do with her female organs. I was really hoping the "fishies" would go away after she got fixed, but they're here to stay! It's a good thing she's adorable and we love her because the smell is terrible. Every time she "leaks" she always tries to distract is which an immediate dead give away, and we know it's only a few more seconds until the scent fills the air. Glad to know I'm not the only one who gets to enjoy this wonderful smell.

  • Amy 6 years ago

    Frebreze takes the smell away quickly.

  • Marc 6 years ago

    This smell is unbearable!! Mine has been leaking for 3 days now! If there is a doggy God please help us!!

  • Becky 6 years ago

    What did we do before we could look things up online? Our beagle/rat terrier mix is the only dog I've really had this issue with, and it seems to happen mostly when she is scared. Tonight (the reason I'm looking it up, finally) someone came to the door that she didn't recognize and she was barking like mad and when I walked into the kitchen to see what was going on, the room smelled horrendous, like some kind of feral hog had been wallowing on our floor. Really, a terrible, musky, wild animal smell -- way beyond the fishy thing! I mopped with Pine Sol since I had no idea where it had gone -- I seriously thought there had to be a whole family of smelly raccoons outside or something, then I opened the door and saw my brother-in-law standing there and wondered for a minute if it was him! Thanks for taking the time to write an article on such an obscure, yet obviously common problem!

  • Legionlady 6 years ago

    Thank God for this website because we live on the beach and I thought he was catching and eating fish from the sea...

  • rich 6 years ago

    What a relief! we thought our heeler was eating cat poop again. Then we thought he was in garbage. Then we thought he caught a squirrel. My son said "he's squirtn' puppy fertilizer, mom, y'know the stuff that males give to females". Oh yeah, it stinks. And he just sits there with this goofy look on his face, like he's saying, "What?" I don't smell nothing. Thank you for clearing that up.

  • LIn 6 years ago

    I tried this and it helps...moisten a soft cloth or cotton ball with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water and gently wipe the anal area. This neutralizes the odor and helps a bit.

  • Debi 6 years ago

    Our mini schnauzer is nine years old and he gets "stinky butt" about once a month. We take him to the vet and get his glands expressed.

  • ERIN 6 years ago

    We first experienced the "fishy" smell yesterday when we took our goldendoodle to a parade. She hasn't had a previous problem with loud noises but the marching band was too much for her. She ended up over my fiance's shoulder before he knew it, but we didn't notice the smell until we returned to the car. No more parades for her! Yuck!

  • Maggie 6 years ago

    Wow! This has been the most informative and funny site yet. I haven't laughed this much in ages. We are worried about our 8 month old cocker, Heidi, who is in her first season. Its been going on for two weeks now and I was contemplating ringing the vet monday thinking its coming from her lady bits. But I think she too suffers the fishies. Crossing everything & hoping it stops with her season. She can clear a room!!!!LOL.

  • devon 6 years ago

    oh thank goodness it is normal!!! i thought our 6month old lab mix was eating something awful in the yard.. luckily i have not noticed any discharge, just the occasional "Fishies" smell. he will be happy i read this article as maybe i can cut down on the frequency of baths!! thanks so much!!

  • Kara 6 years ago

    Thank you for writing this article...........its good to know our girl dog is normal and this is natural. My kids always say our dog has the "crabs". Now we know there is not anything wrong with our dog and we have adopted the word "fishies".

  • kate 6 years ago

    Thank u so much! I was so worried our lil' shi-apso (shi-tzu lhasa-apso mix) was sick or something...but I read that so long as the dog isn't licking the area a bunch than its probably just the anal glands...however our dog doesn't drag her butt, she just has a fishy odor coming from her rear-end every so often...its a pretty foul smell but since she doesn't drag her bum on the carpet or anything Im wondering if it might be something else? I think I'll do a little more research and then I'll make an appt for a check up just to be on the safe side...Nevertheless thank you very much for your insight!

  • cam 6 years ago

    thanks for the input! my dog is terrified of people named Ryan, and if she is startled by a Ryan she'll leave the nasty smell. i think it's the nastiest smell i've ever encountered. i'm serious about the Ryan thing too. i have 3 friends named Ryan and she is scared to death of all of them but fine with anyone else. one of these Ryans has been my room mate for over a year and she is still scared to death of him. any one know why? any input on this would me great.

  • Ash 6 years ago

    We have a choc lab almost 2 and the first time we noticed the smell miller had cut his leg on new years day running through our glass front door(yes he is ok just a very goofy lab and 6months) and was scared. We thought it was the blood giving that iron or "fishy"smell. Then again a few months later when again scared over a new person coming to the house. Just recently it has become more frequent, but when he is sleeping and for the first time noticed a discharge. After cracking up I was very releaved to find out it is so normal. Although we hate the "fishy" like you said we love him way more!

  • Sarah 6 years ago

    Haha!! I had known what the fishy smell was from but came online to Google why it might be happening so often... I think it's time to take her to the vet since she's always in her "business" licking herself and constantly has "fish ass". Haha I was cracking up reading all the names other people called it and their stories and wanted to add mine since I didn't see any "fish ass"'s on here :p

    Gotta love our furry children and their not so pleasant issues :)

  • Erica 6 years ago

    I too hate the "fishy" and did not know about this until we got our 2 golden retreiver pups. They are only 4 months old but they both have the fishies especially when they are scared. What a horrible smell and hard to get out of a micro-suede couch! I think I will take them to the vet or groomer. I can't have my furniture ruined or try to sleep in a bed that smells like rotten fish!

  • Andy 6 years ago

    Rofl... my 20 month old minature poodle occasionally does a stinky fishy, on my lap! Now that I understand it, I believe it happens when he's really relaxed, then squirt. I love my dog, but geez it's a disgusting smell! Thank you though for the article, really appreciate it :-)

  • hayhay 6 years ago

    at first my staffy did it and eeeeewwww that stank....omg it was bad!! i then thort well it must b the anal glandes as my brother had to always have his staffy`s glandes squeezed at the vets so i jus thort it musty b common in staffs....well then we got a terrier and then got a bulldog x and omg its not jus a staffy thing lol. its funny tho b cos out of 5 dogs its only 3 that stink is it common tho that it like once a wk that it happends..oh and its deffinatly wen they are relaxing on the bloody sofa when we are chilled out watching tv :( .....any way thank u so much for the article this is the only site that i have been able to find so THANK U xx

  • Laura 6 years ago

    My husband and I laughed so hard we had tears streaming down our cheeks! Thanks for posting this, it explains many things.

  • Deana 6 years ago

    Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you. This was quite possibly the best web post that I have encountered in quite some time. I laughed so hard, for so long. I too wanted to let you know how enjoyable it was.

    My boyfriend and I adopted a puggle, love him to pieces but whenever he goes to lick his bum.....we freak out and scream his name as frantically as we would if an atomic bomb were about to go joke.

    My sympathy goes out to all of you, this smell is indeed "Putrid." And if you must know, I am laying here on the couch with the fish bomb attacking me in the face. I will just continue to pretend that I am at the ocean. mmmm ahhhhh.

  • Lavi 6 years ago

    OMG thanks so much for posting this. I was talking to my mom just now and she told me she couldn't stand the smell of our little girl's "fishies." SO...curiosity got the best of me, so I did the most logical thing: I googled it:) Thanks again!

  • Art 6 years ago

    Why did I get another dog...arg...if he wasn't such a good dog not sure I could deal with anal seepage. By the way, there are a lot of youtube videos that show you how to empty these butt sacks yourself safely at home.

  • snurp 6 years ago

    I had saved a beagle, bassett, dashshund mixed at least that was what i was told when i got her. She did not do it right away but when she started it is like at least 1 to 2 times a day, i have taken her to the vet she released the gland did not help she is still doing it. Just te other day i noticed a few bumps around her pee pee area. I think i may take her back to the vet , What you think ?

  • Judy 6 years ago

    We call it anchovy seepage.

  • jd 6 years ago

    we have a beagle bassett aswell, she does it when we go in the car kills me lol

  • bellas mommy 6 years ago

    i have to agree what a horrible smell! our pug did this for the first time at the vet and the brown stuff shot out all over. the vet said that every dog has this and what is supposed to happen is every time a dog poops a small amount of this comes out with the poop and this is the "smell" that marks a dogs territory. unfortunately some dogs have an over abundance of the aroma. they expelled her and the stench omg. i was gagging and have never had a dog do this before. they put a deoderizer on her but it didn't help much. now she does it several times a week and she doesn't like it either. when it happens she immediately tries to lick the smell away from what ever she was laying on. i cant stand it, but love the dog like everyone else will suffer through it.

  • MiNNiE 6 years ago

    Wow thanks so much for this! I was thinking something was wrong with my male chiuaua! But this articale explains a lot and realy enjoyed reading it! Lol thanks.

  • Eric  6 years ago

    My goldendoodle ( half golden retreiver half poodle) does this all the time it's horrible. He does it almost everyday is that normal?

  • Mizon 6 years ago

    Now it all becomes clear! My husband says he's going to cash in on the stinky substance our staff produces...he's going to keep the tissue it's wiped up with in a plastic food bag then deposit it in the pocket of someone he doesn't like - should keep the seat next to them free for a few days :-) and keep them checking their armpits...good old fish butt! Gone off fish sticks...

  • Amber Q 6 years ago

    My dog is doing this a couple of times a week. She had never done it before but i used to give her a rawhide stick almost every day until my husband told me we needed to let her eat up her other treats before she got more rawhide. Now I want to kill him because evidently the rawhide keeps it from happening lol

  • Kimber 6 years ago

    My female cocker spaniel does this a couple times a week and it is always in our chairs and on our clothes. It smells horrible and some what burns when it gets on your skin. She is the 4th cocker spaniel I have had in my life and the first on to do this. I use odorban to clean the surface and make the smell go away. It is just nasty!

  • Eddie 6 years ago

    LOL!!! Thanks for the article! My son and I have been wondering what that smell was and why it happened for a while as our Staffie does this once in a while... usually on the sofa when she gets "found out" being up there (she's not allowed on the furniture due to dominance issues!)... At least I know it's normal now!! And yeah... it really does REEK!! But she's worth it... wonder if it's possible to fit a febreze distributor to her butt??? j/k! Thanks for the article - good stuff!! :)

  • Angie 6 years ago

    This has been so informative. We thought our Daschund had a secret fish-stash in the yard somewhere. Bathing and brushing her teeth doesn't help at all. And when she comes to say hello to you, you want to heave and die. LOL!

  • Sam 6 years ago

    OMG! HAHAHAHAHAHA!! this is by far the most funniest blogs I have read. But thanks a lot! everyone you have all made me feel a whole lot better. I have a 5 yr old dog, and a 6 month old puppy, she had the fishes one night and my husband stood up trying to figure it out. But know we know what it is!

  • MJ 5 years ago

    We have a couple of "Chugs" (Chihuahua/Pug) that are brother & sister, every so often we

    would get that fishy smell & freak out. The male named "Wookie" got scared today when my son's friend's dad came to my car to say "hi". He got so scared that he released his anal glands. Eeeewwwww! The smell was horrid. I then had to "Google" "Dogs Anal Glands" and

    found your article. My questions were answered with a lot of laughs. Thanks!

  • Spankie Smythe 5 years ago

    My husband's male yellow lab stinks up the area around him wherever he is in the house. There are times when he doesn't stink at all and other times the area smells like sweaty socks that have been stuck back in a gym locker for a week. Horrible smell. I burn scented candles but it only partially covers up the smell. What is it? How do I get rid of it?

  • Nayners 5 years ago

    We've been calling it "fish butt" or tuna butt"

    I thought maybe she had an infection from

    When I got her spayed cause I've had her

    Anal glands "squeezed" and it would happen

    A day or two later. Poor thing! I had to leave

    Her in the car for a minute to run into tge gas

    Station cause she goes to my moms with me

    A lot and when I would get back in my car

    All I would smell is fish :/ poor baby was just

    Scared :(

  • Ani 5 years ago

    Thanks for the heads up. My dog was sitting in my car and the smell... OMG I can't get it out of the car, let alone my nose!! Need lots of air freshener I think, but I love the idea, getting the fishes

  • Jen 5 years ago

    Our pitbull mix does it all the time. We call her "fish butt" when she does it or we tell her she smells like fish a**holes. Our cur dog only does it when he is really scared. But yeah, it's no fun with that smell in your bed. Gross!

  • JB 5 years ago

    my dog does this all the time! she gets at least one bath a week but accasionally her butt just really stinks even after a bath and when you pick her up the stench stays on your jacket and its horrible! next time we're at the vet ill have to ask about getting her glands squeezed. she will also scoot on her butt across the floor and then she smells it and looks up at me with her "im in trouble" face, too funny. glad to know im not the only one with this problem :)

  • Noo Noo 5 years ago

    What a great article! I was bum-smelled yesterday - all lover my jeans!! At first I thought my poor Harry had had an accident of another kind as there was a clear stain, but now I know it's his bum!!! Gross!!

  • Heather 5 years ago

    My pug's breath smells like this....what can i do to get rid of the smell? She loves to give kisses and I have to turn away almost all the time.....please help!

  • Fred  5 years ago

    I have a beautiful 4 year old,old English bull dog. She does not like any other dogs at all.We had a trainer come to the house and he said some dogs are just very difficult with other dogs. Any thing we can try our self? Also what is the life expectancy?

  • Pug Butt 5 years ago

    Awesome. My pug just did a 'fishy' on the couch. Awesome. *sigh*

  • rolando 5 years ago

    how do you remove the smell from furniture? help its killing me!

  • West 5 years ago

    Gotta love Google. We just rescued a lab/retriever mix puppy. Fortunately he's only done this while sitting in her lap. Haha! She chased after me, pup in arms, with his tail pointing at me saying “What in god’s name is this stinky fishy smell while trying to make me whiff it. She asked me to Google Puppy + Funky Fish Smell…. Voila here we are. She even said it smells like fish that's been left out in the sun. Your article is spot on. Thanks. Hopefully we can add some fiber to his diet and get rid of this.

  • CLAIRE 5 years ago

    This happens to my dog Johnny every so often. Thanks for explaining it. I wish I could explain it to Johnny, he always looks dreadfully embarrassed and frantically licks anything he has sat on to get rid of it. Bless.

  • Olivia 5 years ago

    About a week ago our family went on a walk. Mom, dad three boys and our "teddybear", a staffordshire bull-terrier named Harley. Halfway through our walk a neighbors dog came out of nowhere and charged our 16 month old son who was in a harnessed push car. Harley jumped in front of the dog and took a really bad bite on the backside.(not to mention the fact that this same dog not more than 3 months ago killed my other baby, Romeo, a shitzu poodle mix). Two days later he had a gapeing hole about one inch from his anal area. We took him to the vet and he said that this is what he has and gave us keflex to give to him. Seems kind of weird to me.....

  • Cheryl 5 years ago

    Oh my - I am so happy to hear that I am not the only one who has a "stinkopotomus"!!! We have been walking around saying, "what is that smell?" Now we know what the smell is, but I must say, I am having a hard time dealing with it. It is not fishy, as most are experiencing, but coppery and musky, like some of the others. Really nasty. But my stinko is part of the family now!!! So we take the good with the stink.

  • Jordan 5 years ago

    This is actually where the use of the phrase "tuck your tail" comes from. When the dog expresses the glands for reasons other than going to the restroom, he or she is typically ashamed by the smell. The dog will tuck their tail down in an attempt to suppress the odor and express shame through poor posture.

    Ok, now that we have the fun fact of the day out of the way, let's get down to business. It's pretty amazing that some vets claim ignorance to the existence of anal glands and their function. As everyone who has posted can attest, the odor from the non-natural, abundant expressions is putrid. I've always described it as a cross between a harsh cleaning chemical and some type of metallic substance. But, after hearing the old copper penny analogy, it hit me. It's more like an old penny after being rubbed between the fingers. It seems most people can agree on a fishy type odor, but a few liken it to old copper pennies, which makes me wonder if the chemical composition varies quite a bit from one breed to another. I'll probably never know, seeing as how some vets don't even know the glands exist.

  • Deb 5 years ago

    Thank You, so great to hear that my

    Sweet Sophie is not the only rotten fish

    Smelling dog!!! Like many people I did not

    Expect to find such a great article about

    The fish smell!!! Was about to take her to the vet!

    She always gets so anxious when she does this

    and know I know why. Just a great Post!!!

  • Frank 5 years ago

    Thanks! You have relieved my wife and I.

  • Leyla 5 years ago

    I thought it was only my dog that did this lol. I always call it "smelly butt" and I usually know when hes going to secrete it because he puts his butt uncomfortably close to me. The first time it happened it got on my pants and I didn't know it was from him, I was walking around like WTF WHY IS THIS SMELL EVERYWHERE and the noticed the little spot on my pants >__< Gross but I know its not his fault, I just makesure to form a blanket barrier between us then just wash the blanket afterward.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Thanks, this has helped a lot. My puppy saffy started smelling fishy today and we had no idea what was going on! You've put my mind at rest, thanks again :0)

  • DSBsky 5 years ago

    About how often is a normal time frame for them to do it? What if they do it every day? Or every other day?

    If it happens within what time frame is considered normal?

    Our lil Dachshund is doing it rather frequently. ug.

  • michelle 5 years ago

    thank you. its good to know thats its normal, for a while i thought my lab was eating the fish out of the pond in the backard,

  • Kaye 5 years ago

    Spoke to my vet about this - he keeps a spray bottle with water mixed with a little vanilla essence on hand to combat the odor. I've tried this at home and it does help - I spray onto a baby wipe and use to clean my Westie's rear end. Nothing gets rid of it completely but the water/vanilla helps.

  • sandy 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for this info. I have a one year old mastiff.He has been leaving that horrible smell on my couch and in my truck. It is REALLY bad.Then trying to get his 130 pound big butt off the couch is not so fun. Thanks again

  • missimerika 5 years ago

    I'm wondering what everyone is feeding their dogs? We give ours (a mini bull terrier) a blend of dry Beneful and a wet brand (varies). She gets table scraps on occasion when it's meat. I've never heard of this problem before. My dog does it a lot. But it doesn't smell. All other symptoms are the same. Totally acts normal.

  • Marie 5 years ago

    Glad to know it's not just us that has this problem. Our beagle does this every single night and we notice at least 2 or 3 small dark circles left on our sofa. We call it bum juice lol!! Noticed another comment on here where someone calls it butt juice - how funny!! We have taken our dog to the vet and had the gland emptied but this still happens every night when we watch tv. Our dog however has no reaction to it which is typical of his character! Makes me laugh that most dogs are embarrassed by it but our dog doesn't bat an eyelid hehe!!

    Is it abnormal to have it every night all night as most people are saying a few times a week at most?

  • montana 5 years ago

    omg my dog did this for the first time and your article was the first I came upon, and im crying from laughter this was soooo funny. thanks so much.

  • Vibrantlinda 5 years ago

    Oh no, we have just made the biggest mistake of our lives. Our 15 yr old lab/retriever had heart failure, large lumps that would go up and down and other problems and NEVER had the anal gland problem til about a week ago. We didn't know it could possibly be that and honestly thought one if her major organs could have collapsed and we took her to the vets to be rested for life( pts). She had not much quality of life and the putrid smell was all round the house. I can't believe I didn't read this BEFORE we took her to the vets, but she had never had it in her life before.she wouldn't have survived an op, that's what we thought she would need. I can't stop being upset now. She was ok in her min d, so it makes me even more upset and guilty. Hubbub and I are disabled so found it very difficult getting her to the vet.crying, crying and more crying. Feel like a murderer.

  • Shell 5 years ago

    My 4-yr old Golden has always eaten Beneful Healthy Radiance, a salmon and veggie formula. His coat is gorgeous, thick, shinny, and everyone comments! Fish Omega does wonders. But the breath and gland discharges, 'fisheys'...whew.

    Well, he was born from a Tacoma WA. breeder. Guess you can take the dog away from the ocean, but not the ocean from the dog? Glad it was nothing serious.

  • beagle owner 5 years ago

    my boy dog just did this, i googled it to see what it was (i was afraid of what i'd find) but i'm not too worried. my little girl has had anal sac problems but he doesn't seem too bothered by it. to me it doesn't smell as fishy as much as like metals or pennies. i agree that it does smell gross, but i'm glad it's not harmful to my fabrics or my little hound. he did seem quite embarassed, and reading this i just want to snuggle his fishy butt. thanks!

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    StephenSMcmillan 5 years ago

    Interesting topic, Rena.

  • Neuneysj 5 years ago

    Okay so I like poked my dogs but on accident and he piped on me can that stiff be like brown and clumky cause his was

  • Carolinamaja 5 years ago

    My dog just fishied a big spot on my new pants, noooooo!

  • Britta 5 years ago

    Thank you for this article! It was the first page that came up when I googled about my poor little chi's (as my boyfriend calls it) tuna butt. She had a little "fishy" on my lap today and I always thought it was like, she'd been holding it too long without telling me or something... today I started to wonder because of the odor and all if maybe it did have to do with her anal glands. Reading this really cleared it up for me and now I know what's up!

  • Kaia King 5 years ago

    I think my dog just did this. He just randomly jerked up from a dream and started doing this little odd hopping-run until he ran chest-first into my leg and stood there shaking. Then he went around the back of our couch and just sat there. Was very odd--then I notice this tannish splotch on the cushion I sit on, and it smelled HORRIBLE. Poor pup.

  • Suliana S 5 years ago

    Thanks heaps!

  • Audrey 5 years ago I understand why my Honey Bunny has TUNA BUTT! That's what I call it when I smell the FISHIES! LOL

  • Jackie 5 years ago

    I got such a great laugh from this! You guys are hilarious! Our maltipoo has done this several times before and I noticed it was usually when he seemed scared while I was grooming him or when he was alarmed about something. He just did it a few minutes ago when he was trying to jump on the couch and I was trying to help him up but accidentally poked his booty. A few seconds later, I noticed a clear spot on the sofa and smelled it and it was the worsttttt stench! We thought maybe he pooped but I googled it and now I know what's up! Awesome! I love my lil fishy stanky!

  • brandon 5 years ago

    It is the worst, most disgusting smell ever. Its been a year and I cant get used to it. Its unbearable.

  • Jen 5 years ago

    We refer to it as swamp a$$ when it happens to our Bella. She just did one a few minutes ago. Yuck!

  • Concerned 5 years ago

    This article is hilariously written. We, too, call it the fishies and I get so disgusted. I finally had to look this up because it was so foul. My dog does exactly what you explained after she lets her fishies loose.Thanks for the article!

  • Wilf 5 years ago

    Great article ,we have a 4 month old cocker spaniel ,just picked him up and smelt an awful fish smell and it's on my hands and shirt etc , our puppy is sniffing his bottom ,I think he doesn't like it either ,as long as he is ok it's fine !

  • Jacqui Ellis 5 years ago

    Phew, ive been so worried about my little Alfie a 7 month old JRT. I was going to call the vet myself but thanks everyone on here i know he,s ok. He has only smelt funny twice but its awful when it does smell and we thought it was his diet. Thanks

  • MJ 5 years ago

    Thanks for the article. I have 2 lab pups from the same brood, and my gal gets fishy once a week, while my guy just likes to clean up! So I have one with a fishy bum, and one with fishy breath, but at least I don't have to clean it up! I call my gal Miss Fish. :-)

    BTW - If the fishies deter you from getting a dog, how about picking up dog doo 5-8 times a day! Or when they yak up their rawhide chews or their food. Dogs are like kids...except their naked and they'll always love you no matter what. That is why you get dogs. To give love, to receive love and to always live in the now!

  • Bella 5 years ago

    My poor Shitz tzu has had 4 baths in one week and has a vet appointment that I guess I just found out the answer to everything needs to be burnt ummm washed in our house - we were dying wondering why her butt smelled -I took to calling her my little "sh*t" thanks for the helpful information

  • Debz 5 years ago

    So glad to read this as got a 5 month old chihuahua and he's had an upset tum with diarrhoea and a very strong smell of fish ! his anal glands had been emptied about 6 wks ago and were emptied again this week. Im hoping that after a few days of chicken & rice he'll be fine again on his normal puppy biscuits.

  • Tracy 5 years ago

    Yes thank you for this article. My Lady does this every now and than and I could never figure out why, now I know

  • Emily 5 years ago

    my pour kaysea has this problem and this article JUST figured out what it was. She had a UTI this time last year and i was afraid that was the case again, but between the laughter and tears from gagging on the "fishies" i googled it and came across this. You know its bad when you would rather smell a fart than a "fishy"... LOL. But it does explain why the chair always smells... time to break out the wipes and febreeze!!!! [thanks again for the stories, i have not laughed like that in ages!]

  • Beth 5 years ago

    our lovely staffi has this problem too, we call it CRAB CAKES thank you for the information

  • 5 years ago

    My chihuahua has fishy breath what's up with this

  • danny 5 years ago

    Told friend about our dog's

    "fish bubbles" and she said her dog had them also. She gave her dog fish oil capsules (kinda ironic)and it had it stoped, worked with our dog also.

  • matt 5 years ago

    my rottie has the fishies and wow now i know why its called the fishies..

  • Sally 5 years ago

    LOL! Can hardly see to type as tears have been rolling down my face and my sides are aching! I never thought I would be reading this all after googling 'bad smelly discharge from my dog'! My dog only seems to do it when she's really happy, and considering she's a springer spaniel this is not good! We've been calling her smeggy-fanny!!! Truly a magnificent forum, well done and will be trying the fish oil......

  • Mary Cherry 4 years ago

    You are so right! I have been searching and searching for what is going on and alas! there is NOTHING mentioned in any book or any other article for that matter.

    We have a 2 year old pug and he has been having these accidents quite regularly for the past 6 months. He eats carrots and any other sorts of fruit and anything else he can inhale, so he is good on the fiber end of things. But, oh my! That fish!

    Thanks so much for posting this!

  • Shawn 4 years ago

    My dog didn't stink at all until I had her glands cleaned, why does she stink now?

  • Angie 4 years ago

    It is frustrating when the vet says the glands aren't infected but even an expression doesn't help. It is ruining my furniture and it is really frustrating! Grrrr!

  • Angie 4 years ago

    I remember telling the vet tech who did the expression about the smell and asking if the expression will help and she seemed utterly confused. I am very, VERY tempted to take a blanket with the spot/smell to the vet and have them smell it. I want this to STOP!!! What can be done! :-( My other dog doesn't have this problem. Grrrrr!

  • Kaz 4 years ago

    The theory I've read is that if the dog eats predominately softer foods (kibble, tin), the anal sacs don't get massaged naturally and emptied. But, if you add edible bones into the diet, so you get more of those poos that dry white, then the harder poo empties the sacs on the way out, which is what is supposed to happen. Far better than performing the job yourself.

  • Tami 4 years ago

    My kids friend since 1st grade is now 18. I have not seen him in a few years. He came by tonight. My male lab was scared and barked as he usually does when he does not know you. After the kid left my house smelled like rotten trash or fish or maybe old bong water. Thought it was my kids friends feet maybe. I could not figure it out. I noticed my dog licking some small spots on the carpet. So I googled, Do dogs put off an oder when scared and sure enough they do. I can't get this fishy smell to go away. I hope my kids friend didn't think it was me. lmfao

  • rebekah 4 years ago

    I have two pitbulls. A two you blue nose and a three mo blue and red nose mix. They both get fishies and it smells just foul my 2yo pit gets really embarrass ed so we nicknamed her trout when the fish come

  • zoila 4 years ago

    Make me feel much better.thanks for the info.

  • allie1 4 years ago

    Thanks for the article we have been wondering why our dog smells "fishy".

  • kat 4 years ago

    OMGOSH! I laughed so hard reading all these comments...I almost peed my pants! Seriously. So glad I found this article. Not only did it answer my question, I had my own laughfest! Felt good to crack-up and know that my 5 month old pup is normal!

  • Kipper 4 years ago

    Now that my dad has started to breath normally and stopped laughing so much I can tell him I'm normal and that the smell is not actually totally my fault. Perhaps I need more fibre or fish oils? Strange that I drop 'fishies' and my name is Kipper!

  • Simmo 4 years ago

    Now that makes a lot of sense ! Many thanks for a logical that has been in the sun to long is very apt description! Poor stinky Jug dog! We still luv her. Cheers.

  • Sashasmom 4 years ago

    Sasha gets "stinky butt" fairly often. Her poop is firm, but still gets the fishies. Be careful about the groomer you pick. I never had an issue until I moved. The groomer squeezed so hard that she ruptured my babies sacs. I had no idea until I saw blood in her stool and freaked. The vet had to give her a steroids injection into the glands to reduce the swelling and 10 days if antibiotics. Broke my heart. Please be careful.

  • Daniella♡ 4 years ago

    My Blue Pit has the Fishy and she is also in heat I am wondering when will it glassy she has had it now everyday for 2 weeks now help!! ???

  • Mike 4 years ago

    My dogs got the fishies but doesn't smell for long... he licks it up, thanks for the article and advice...

  • Mike 4 years ago

    The "Fishies" Started with our 13 1/2 month olf Burnese mountain dog just a few days ago. Thought it was our imagination! Or something went off in the fridge. No discharge yet though. Not that we've seen anyway.We have a female as well, sibling. Right now we have them crated together because for some odd reason, we cant find a food that DOESN'T give them diarreah. We're trying all natural, but it doesn't seem to agree with their stomachs. Maybe this is the cause of his Anal glands evacuating. Smells rancid! And their crated in our kitchen no less. Needless to say, Fish is now off the menu ;)

  • AB 4 years ago

    I think my beagle has fishy butt more often after she's been to the groomers! I was starting to think the stimulation made it worse (not sure). Do know that vinegar does wonders to abate the smell!

  • lin 4 years ago

    My dogs in season and smells like fishy what can it be

  • Carolyn 4 years ago

    Had a female Boxer, this never happened. Have a male Boxer now & maybe once every 6weeks this happens, keep wipes handy. Does stink though, I would describe it as "metalic".

  • Danny 4 years ago

    My 14 mo old female boston terrier just started doing this.. I find that it smells much more metallic than fishy, and smells far from good, but does not smell VERY bad at all. Far from fish that have been in the sun all day.

  • j from texas 4 years ago

    My dog smells like corn chips & has tha fishies i thought i was gonna have to take her azz back to pound where i got her but since everyone say itz normal i'll keep her azz. This my 7th dog.

  • Tanya 4 years ago

    Thanks for this info - it sorted out my concerns for my 4 month old goldie. Not pleasant smell but her love and loyalty makes up for it! Great laugh reading this info :)

  • Katie 4 years ago

    My dog literally just expelled this smell into my living room! It's happened before and I had no idea where it came from. Through time I've realized my dog was causing the random fish smell. Since it just happened, I thought I'd look it up and see what was going on! I'm so glad to have came across this article, it explained so much! Thanks!!

  • Amy phillips 4 years ago

    GRRRR my dog was sitting on my knee, then i smelled this awful fish like smell.but i diddnt think too much of it and about half an hour later it got worse and i thought it was me! so i got up and i saw thies brown patches on the frount of my trowsers where she had been sitting is this normal ?

  • Jessie&Dallas 4 years ago

    Oh dear Lord! Jessie has done this a load of times but today she did a whole buttload right on our bed, I Googled "dog accidentally emptying anal glands?" and ended up here, I was looking to see how common it is, looks like there's a lot of us, lol. We were all on our bed (husband, son, self & two Labradors) watching Judge Judy, chilling on sons last day of the Easter Holidays, and when Judy finished I jumped up and shouted come on every one! lets go play! - yeah, terrific plan. Spent the afternoon with the quilt/comforter on the patio scrubbing ick out of it. Looks like we'll be using the giant sleeping bag tonight.

  • Dawn. 3 years ago

    My pug does it quite often on my clothes. Its the worst smell ever and i have to change straight away. I wondered what the hell it was. My eight year old nearly threw up.

  • ddhub 3 years ago

    This was such a great article & comments too. I laughed so hard from both - my stomach still hurts. Our 11 year old Lab has been stinking up various rooms every day. I thought it was gas but realize its her behind. Thanks to all for clearing this up. She eats a special food for allergies that has the protein completely broken down so I presume her stool can't do much for anal glands. I've given her pumpkin BUTT it's not helping. I have a hyper sensitive nose to bad smells. Ugh - I love her so much that will have to just deal with it. Her bed is on the floor next to my side. Unconditional love has to go both ways ...

  • Kristen 3 years ago

    This is really gross!!!!! Grrr on not being animal free

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