If you live by water or a fish pond then it might make sense why your dog may have a fishy smell about him. Well, lets think… Has your dog gotten into any fish oil or fish products lately? If the answer is no, then there is something else that might be going on inside your dog. There is a chance that your dog may be suffering from a blocked or full anal sac s. A common reason is your dog might be suffering from an infected or blocked anal sac gland.
Last night kind of sucked big time. Rodrigo's anal glands expressed in a round circle the size of a 50 cent piece on the sectional. I've been wondering what happened — he was just laying there and maybe he farted or maybe it just happened — this has happened with Sydney in the past, but it wasn't so much. Surprisingly he touched it and smelled his fingers hee hee hee and then all hell broke loose. Not really, but he wasn't very happy and started talking about getting rid of the sofa, that the dogs should be banned from the furniture and what not. It was recommended to me by friends when I was about to throw away a chair soaked in cat urine. I sprayed the chair enough for the Nature's Miracle to soak into the cushions the urine had been there for a bit and put the chair on the front porch.
Dogs can smell like many things, depending on what they have most recently rolled in, but one of the more unpleasant aromas dogs commonly develop is one of fish. If your dog smells like fish, it is probably not because he figured out how to spray himself with Eau de Sardine. A fishy odor is usually the result of secretions from the anal glands.
All dogs have a small gland located on each side of their rectal opening. Under ordinary circumstances these little sacs never give any problems. Actually, your dog uses them all the time. Every time he potties or meets another dog and raises his tail in greeting the pressure releases a little of his own personal scent from the glands. And why dogs seem obsessed with smelling where another dog has used the bathroom.