Please explain to me how my dog's butt works. Thank you.
, is a 9.5 month old border terrier. He's been neutered, he's healthy, and he's freaking adorable.
Lately, he's been chasing his tail a bit and sniffing at his butt, and apparently this can be a sign of anal gland issues. He doesn't seem to be terribly displeased with the state of his butt, but better safe than sorry, right?
Problem is, this is my first dog, and I don't know anything about anal glands other than that dogs have them and sometimes they have problems. When he got neutered at 6 months, the vet tech told me she expressed his anal glands while he was still sedated, and that there was poop in there so he might need a poop later, not indicating that there was anything wrong with said anal glands in any way. (Speaking of poop, Truman's poops tend to be a bit on the soft side of normal, which might not be enough to naturally take care of the anal glands? I don't know.)
Anyway, I've read around the internet a bit on this, but I'd like some practical advice:
1) Is this something I need to concern myself with? If so, how often? He's not due back at the vet for several months still, unless he gets sick. He's not scooting...how would I know
if he has issues? When I look at his bum, everything looks hunky dory.
2) How would I go about doing this? Most things I've read say leave it to the vet or the groomer (simply because it's gross), but I'm reasonably competent, have a full arsenal of gloves and cleaning supplies, and Truman takes very well to all other sorts of grooming when I'm there doing it.
3) Anything else I should know?