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You don't do this unless the dog has problems with their Anal Glands.

The only dog that I had problems with was Cheyenne when she was younger and having problems with food. I told the Vet that Cheyenne liked to fight off her back and that she was sorta like a street fighter so make sure she had enough help.. Well Cheyenne launched a Vet tech with her back leg backwards into a wall. I said I was sorry, but the Vet actually thought it was funny, because the Tech said no problem I can hold her. My Vet knows if I tell her something it is for a reason.
 

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I express all my dogs every month or so. I know when I miss awhile cause (and this is usually in the car for some reason) suddenly I'll smell that 'special odor' and it's NOT one of my favorites.

Just seems like if I don't help things along, they will either seep or slightly express themselves. So it's easier if I just take the dogs outdoors and deal with it there.

Be careful though, when my dogs are full those glands can spray more than 3 feet from the dog. So stay out of the way!!!
 

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I've never had to do it...I'm hoping this is another benefit of raw feeding. Those small hard poops seem to take care of any "issues" back there.
 

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interesting, never done this either, Meeka was never even fed raw, but we/my husband had her for 12 years and never did this. i asked one of my friends who has a 10 yr old dog and she has never done this either.

?? i never noticied any smell or seeping? and she slept in the bed!
 
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