Idea Exchange: Tips to freshen that anal gland expression

August 10, 2017

Check out these two reader-submitted ways to be nice to your nose.

Have you tried either of these fixes to freshen bums after an anal gland expression? (Images courtesy of and Getty Images)

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A snappy solution

A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution kills the odor from anal sacs. It also works on cat urine.


Jim Nelson, DVM

Nelson's Animal Clinic

Seneca, Pennsylvania


Minty fresh fur

Instead of perfume or cologne, we keep Scope mouthwash in a little squirt bottle. After expressing and wiping with waterless shampoo, we give the dog's bottom a minty fresh spritz.


College Avenue Animal Clinic

Levelland, Texas