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I have a 15 year old staffordshire terrier . within

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i have a 15 year old staffordshire bull terrier bitch. within the last week i have noticed a very bad smell coming from her rear area (not wind). do you know what this could be ?
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
The most likely cause of an unpleasant odor in an otherwise healthy dog would be an issue with her anal glands. If a dog cannot fully express them when they pass feces, they can overfill/leak or become infected and impacted. In both cases, the odor is often quite pungent and foul to our noses. Therefore, in this case, I would advise either having her glands expressed by your local groomer or vet. If normal anal gland material is expressed, then this should address the issue for her. Of course, if pus is expressed, then she may need her vet to start her on a course of antibiotics.
Finally, to help her express her glands naturally, I would note that you can try adding more fiber to her daily meals. This can be by adding dog safe veggies (ie cauliflower, carrot, brocolli, etc) or even Weetabix. These will bulk up feces and help her express her anal glands as she passes stool.
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