How to: Releasing Pit Bull Anal Glands?

Use this image as the reference.

Use this image as the reference.


This is going to guide you, step-by-step how to release the anal glands, whether you have a Pit Bull or not.

  • For those of you who know what anal discharge smells like, you know the fluid is stinky and nasty, so wear old clothes and nose plugs are optional. I would also recommend this be done outside… but that’s just me.
  • To start, fold several paper towels together in a huge wad.
  • You’ll want an absorbent pad to catch the liquid.
  • Lift your dog’s tail and place the paper towels under where the finger positioning is.
  • Note the position of the dog’s anus in relation to the paper towels. It should be positioned to catch anything that’s excreted.
  • Use your thumb and forefinger to gently squeeze at the 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions, using the anus as the clock face.
  • Keep your face out of the way!
  • Throw away the paper towels.
  • Disposing of the towels in a covered trash basket is a good idea, which should probably be outside too.
  • Wash and rinse your dog’s rear end really well. More often than not butt wipes will do the trick.
  • Expressing the sacs during bath time makes sense, always remembering that a clean doggie rump is a healthy doggie rump. (Only do this if you’re planning on catching the fluid with the paper towels).

If your dog shows discomfort back by his butt and his anal sacs aren’t producing any fluid, he may have an impacted anal sac, which may require veterinary assistance asap!

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