How to Groom a Dog : How to Express a Dog’s Anal Gland

Hi! I am Anne-Marie for Expert village and
today we are learning basic dog grooming. In this series we are going to touch upon
a subject, it is not so pretty, but necessary. All dogs have glands that they have right
back in their anal area call their anal glands. That’s why they smell each other’s butts
when they say hello. Every dog has their own smell kind of like a finger print. When grooming
a dog it is important to check the anal glands and express them if there is anything in them.
The reason for this is to empty up the glands, the sacs will collect fluid and it they are
not emptied that’s you run the chance of them becoming impacted or even worse infected,
which could be very painful and will lead to more intense veterinary care. So an ounce
of prevention is worth it, even though it is not pretty. So here we go. We are going
in. We are going to check this area in here. The anal sacs are located right at 5 o’clock
and 7 o’clock on the dog obviously inside and underneath the skin. There are two sacs
that come down one on either side and there are openings here and here. Our goal is to
get sort of behind the sac inch forward and up and pull out the fluid, I mean push out
the fluid really. Now if you try to do it and you cannot do it, don’t go crazy trying
to push it. It’s better to call your veterinarian and have your veterinarian and do it. It is
not an area that you want to get involved with, if you not sure of what you are doing.
I like to use a paper towel sometimes I will use a baby wipe if the dog has sensitive skin.
But a lot of time you can also do the step in the tub. So what we are going to do is,
we are going to actually… probably block your view little bit with a paper towel for
necessary reasons and we will squeeze, we will hold the tail up and we will squeeze
in and out and as you see the dog expressed a little fluid, which is the anal gland juice.
This is a pretty normal color if you get a thicker paste you would want to, may be talk
to your vet about an impaction, if you get blood or pus you definitely need your vet
for an infection. So well it is not pretty and it does not smell a nice something we
have to do and we will clean it all up the tub.

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100 Responses

  1. kelyl kage says:

    then you have a very healthy cat. which is good hopefully you never have this issue. Plus if it does happen you dont have to do it. Even though it shows you how to express anal glads…I really dont think anyone who isent a vet vet tec or something along though lines should be doing stuff like this to dogs or cats.

  2. Pocketful Of Fog says:

    OMFG HAHAHAHAHAHA I was thinking the same thing but the way you "expressed" it made me spill over…. LOL

  3. Pocketful Of Fog says:

    Yeah invite someone you don't like over for dinner and put this in thier food…. or better yet, rub it into the interior of their car… that would drive the shit out of them LOL or drive the puke out of them….hey you gave me some good ideas for revenge….Thanx 😉

  4. Valerie Fowler says:

    Disgusting, but THANK YOU. I know this is what has been going on with my dog and the vet didn't pick up on it. Now… do I have the guts to do it myself??? LOL!

  5. Otto Toksik says:

    why the hell doesnt she wear P L A S T I C G L O V E S

  6. xcheapcityhalox says:

    Wow, I think I'll just let my vet do this.

  7. poetree2000 says:

    uugg that was gross!

  8. Otto Toksik says:

    yummy anal gland juice

  9. Marol Kisan says:

    I really like the way you explain your techniques. I've learned quite a bit about grooming from you. Great job!

  10. TheScienceFoundation says:

    'Kind of like a fingerprint'

    More like an ass print

  11. Beedram Wallatusk says:

    mollys milk

  12. dmgcricket says:


  13. D S says:

    man, wear some gloves at least!

  14. IncredibleGoliath says:

    "It's not an area you want to get involved with if you don't know what you're doing"

    No, really?

  15. Slartiblarghfast says:

    but why???

  16. angryadrien says:

    next time can you use a white dog please?
    Can't see a damn thing

  17. Shut Up, Sprinkles! says:

    Anal glands are absolutely disgusting, but for my dog, he was very sensitive around his backside until we took him to the vet and got his glands drained.

    But the video isn't helpful.

  18. gh yut says:

    LMAO these guys always do something wrong in their videos

  19. mrjonz says:

    hey , get your finger out of my ass ,grrrrrr

  20. KitaDyer says:

    i have never touched my dogs except to clean up messes when she is sick… I don't think this is necessary

  21. Ted Sonnier says:

    They will do it themselves if you don't do it for them. Unfortunately for you, they probably are not very considerate of where they do it..

  22. kohmaru says:

    this method has much more appeal then the finger in the anus method.

  23. Colt Moore says:

    I could have swore I seen her use a cloth come on the dog was bathed and clean and the way I seen it she did not stick her finger in the ass.

  24. luvtheoc101 says:

    im gonna puckkkk that is dissguuustinggg

  25. mocofootballdotcom says:

    @redcollargedeon they do

  26. Logan B says:

    @KitaDyer It depends on the dog. My dog never needed his anal glands expressed for the first few years that I had him. In the past 6 months, however, he has needed it done at LEAST once every month. You can tell when they need it done, they will scoot their butts on the carpet often and will want to lick that area constantly. My dog gets to the point where he licks the area raw…

  27. MikeJustDidit says:

    @ATouchOfMagic88 your comment scares me.

  28. Jessica Nunez says:

    ewwwww…. y isn't she wearing gloves?

  29. GoJhaneGo says:

    I leave this to the professionals but it would have been nice it this perticular skill was not shown using a black dog, I could barely see anything =/

  30. perplexshytt says:

    this is pretty horrible

  31. WolfLover988 says:

    @ThatsNotPoetry Agreed!

  32. Above In Shadow says:

    omfg…lucky me that my dog don't smell…lol

  33. Nicole S says:

    ewwwww…. no gloves???

  34. 187SicknesS says:

    ive been trying for the past hour and cant find my own anal glands, am i doing something wrong?

  35. genuinephobia says:

    Why the hell did this woman use a black dog? I can't see anything!

  36. Jordan Curtis says:

    @paige12345fish its not animal rape i has 2 be done or the dog will express them on their on and ITS a awful awful smell

  37. Louisa Cairns says:

    ahhh no thankks!! :/

  38. Laura Slimski says:

    Thank you so much for this demonstration. Very straight forward, simple procedure. And for those of you who gave this clip negative reviews, I guess you aren't cut out for the medicine/science field. If this is too graphic for you babies, go back to your Jersey Shore reality shows where ignorance to anything intelligent is bliss. Just remember, your mom and dad use to wipe your ass when you were young too. This isn't too far off so get over yourself.

  39. tkkamele says:

    LOL….She said "we're going in!"

  40. Eduardo Perez says:

    o: …

  41. Emily Gregory says:

    is this for all dogs or just certain breeds?

  42. Christina Root says:

    um…I agree with Zirc0nium69. Why isn't she wearing gloves? That's disgusting!

  43. Christina Root says:

    um…I agree with Zirc0nium69. Why isn't she wearing gloves? That's disgusting!

  44. verybeautifulwomens says:


  45. ElectricIndica420 says:

    @xcheapcityhalox yea it is nice to be able to pay someone to do this!

  46. 80spopQueen says:

    wow this is sooooooooooo helpful especially since the dog is black and so is it's ass!

  47. 80spopQueen says:

    @dseghers your forgetting that these people are white! these are the same people who believe that dogs mouth are cleanr then peoples!

  48. phubans says:

    Expressed dog anus juice is considered a delicacy in Sri Lanka, believe it or not. It's not uncommon to find it served as a condiment with artisan breads at fine eateries, similar to a chutney or pate. I had a friend who tried it once and said it's actually quite delicious when prepared correctly.

    Think I'm lying? Just google "castoreum", which is a similar juice extracted from beaver anal glands to flavor vanilla icecream. Enjoy 🙂

  49. RamsyDikken says:

    Some lighting & gloves would be nice

  50. RamsyDikken says:

    @dobergurl Do you go around your back yard & pick up dog crap bare handed then wash immediately?

  51. RamsyDikken says:

    @dobergurl It's just gross. Possibility of infection if you had a small cut. Bust most of all, no soap in the world can wash away memories. Just ask a woman who has been cheated on.

  52. egsotix4lyfe says:

    anal juice?

  53. Mr. Madness says:

    Juice can be defined as "A fluid extracted from the body"

    anal juice sounds about right

  54. tjrieves says:


  55. RamsyDikken says:

    I guess it's just how some people were raised. No gloves for dog crap/butts probably equals no condoms for people you meet at bars.

  56. RamsyDikken says:

    @187SicknesS I've been searching for years and every time I think I've found em and am getting somewhere it turns out to have just been diarrhea.

  57. RamsyDikken says:

    @hatkins621 Your lack of knowledge and experience leave you inclined to make uneducated comments. Not wearing gloves can infect the dog and or the person. If someone doesn't wash their hands before they eat, it is a fair assumption they wouldn't wash before intimacy. It's how people are raised, interesting you find it ignorant.

  58. YesYesYoureRight says:

    Is that a bit … dogist?

  59. YesYesYoureRight says:

    Dear RamyerDickinn,
    nope: smelling of dog poo for a week is not the same as contracting Kaposi's sarcoma associated herpesvirus, you know; the cancer that causes patches of abnormal tissue to grow under the skin, in the lining of the mouth, nose, and throat or on your fanny.

  60. RamsyDikken says:

    @YesYesYoureRight But some people are inherently more susceptible to both these things than others. We all make choices and no matter how innocuous they seem at the time they all contribute to where and how we end up.

  61. angryadrien says:

    @YesYesYoureRight i guess it might be 🙂 however, I love 'em all.

  62. Connor Thompson says:

    please use a lighter coloured dog as i couldn't see very well. thanks for the info you were great i think i wil try next time you exlained it very well .

  63. TheBadEraLover89 says:

    the anal gland juice…. that is DISGUSTING!

  64. suicidebag666 says:

    this shit doesnt work. i tried it on my gf 6 times

  65. suicidebag666 says:

    @jessmjfan989 it goes well with merlot

  66. Chelsea Jackson says:

    how often should this be done?? like ever week every 2 weeks//?

  67. Carne De Lagarto says:

    I usually do this before breakfast with a nice BAGEL and get my pooch to butter it with the anal gland pudding..FUCKING delicious!

  68. goodbye2sleep says:

    We call the liquid "fish butt." :{

  69. Betsy P. says:

    Would have helped a lot if you had used a light colored dog. Good video anyway.

  70. BluewolfR says:

    although this wasn't something i would want to see or do thank you. regardless what i want to take as much care for my dog as possible >.< if only i could trick my sister into doing this…….

  71. BluewolfR says:

    i forgot to ask; how often would you recomend us doing this? monthly weekly annually?

  72. Jaya365 says:

    @PinkyWontWork i just puked.

  73. faith james says:

    i have to bust my dogs gland so nasty

  74. durangotrkrt says:

    i guess she never heard of latex gloves

  75. lil red cutie says:

    @phubans :-O

  76. Lukenukkem says:

    Use a white or lighter color dog so we could actually see what you're doing.

  77. Jarred Jackson says:

    My dog smells like fish ughh its so bad he can clear a room without even being in a room.

  78. Jarred Jackson says:

    Every summer my black and tan Dachshund gets all of this backed up and we have to take him to the vet. Right by his butt there is a scar from where it got infected. So its really good to express this every ounce in a while…

  79. Bonnie Hughes says:


  80. Bonnie Hughes says:

    Hey bitch thanks for the really nasty and hateful email!!! And just so u know I am a veterinarian and I also have a dog grooming business!!! And I still think you ought to wear gloves when you do that procedure!!! AND YOU ARE STILL A NASTY, NASTY, PERSON FOR NOT DOING SO!!!

  81. Bonnie Hughes says:

    Oh and I DEFINITELY HAVE A LIFE!!! AND ITS A HELLULA BETTER THAN YOURS!!! At least I don't have to make videos on you tube to support myself!!!

  82. Jayee says:

    You have issues. I recommend you seek psychiatric help. How is your life any better than hers when you both are in the same industry? I'm pretty sure she's going to sanitize her hands after each job as meticulously as a surgeon would do. You're the ass on YT right now, if you act like an ass, you get treated like one.

  83. Bonnie Sharp says:

    My vet, and most of the groomers I know, don't wear gloves. IT's not like it's acid or any thing. It's not diffrent then beeing barfed, pooed, or peed on. Just wash up with soap and warm water, life goes on.

  84. Lukas Selberg says:

    My dog smells like shit right now and i think this is why. So terrible

  85. jen hempelmann says:

    I have been grooming 30 years and stop using gloves 29 years and 28 days ago…waste of time

  86. john bonehill says:

    The video was fine. The vitriol 'Expressed' by some people here suggest they would be more happy if they got involved with US. politics!

  87. Donna Hall says:

    Some of these"people" don't understand. I had a dog's anal gland explode! So It isn't pleasant, but very necessary for an animals good health! Good video for information.

  88. James Workman says:

    Thank You for being so Helpful! and providing real information on such a fishy smelling problem!

    when a dog relaxes if they need their glands expressed you can see leakage as well.. which causes them to lick and bite whatever or where ever they expressed them, on.. having a GREAT! Groomer helps keep this issue at bay.. some times the Groomer misses an expressing.. no worries..

    BUT!! (Pun intended) is it is thick or chunky! then its time for a VET!

  89. Ted Bundy says:

    My flash player wont download so I cant see how you do it.I bought my Dog to the vet about 4 to 5 weeks ago and told him his Anal sac needs to emptied.I didnt watch him do it but he said the sacs were full and he got it all out.Anyway about a week later my dog is scooting his ass again not alot though,did anybody else ever have this problem???

  90. Koda Koda says:

    I've had vets tell me that dogs should be expressing them regularly with no help when they defecate. If a dog is having a problem expressing naturally, it is an issue for a vet.
    My dog was getting her anal glands expressed regularly at our groomers. When we switched to a groomer who did not express, she became impacted and needed veterinary treatment.
    I have had a vet express my dog and later that same evening, my dog EXPLODED all over our carpet.

  91. Largactyl Kid says:

    Are you on medication?..As for being a Vet?/….You are joking…Sad person

  92. ExtraAcct says:

    I couldn't see anything as the dog in the video was black and poorly lit. I guess my doggie is off to the vet. God, she hates it there. 🙁

  93. olympios alex says:

    thank you for this video

  94. ohheckhno nope says:

    I cant see anything its looks like a black void! Well they say if you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back.

  95. Rebecca Cooke says:

    I cant believe she didn't wear gloves! !!

  96. samljer says:

    bare… hands?

  97. Scott N. says:

    Another mystery solved!

  98. A10TOES says:

    I don't think any of my groomers have ever done this on my 3 dogs….a yorkie, a cocker and a chi.   My Vet. does my chi but when they showed me 'how to do it'  (I wouldn't)  but the Vet tech wore gloves, and 'went INSIDE the anus.  I will try this way at home on my chi when I see her BUTT SCOOTING on the rug….lol    I had one Vet tech even tell me…You just don't do this very often…I thk she didn;t want to express the glans because it is quite stinky.

  99. Kitcat_007 says:

    Nasty two legged bitch! NO GLOVES !

  100. Glenn T says:

    Why use s black dog (video light) & bare hands (bleh!)???

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