A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s“It’s a myth,” says Dr. Oz. In a laboratory test that cultured samples of swabs from a dog owner’s mouth and her dog, Dr. Oz tells his viewers that the results showed that a dog’s mouth has more bacteria than a human’s. “Here’s why we think that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than ours,” says Dr. Oz. “It turns out that although a dog has many more germs in its mouth than us, that those germs are not dangerous to us. So if a dog bites you, you are much less likely to get infected than if a human bites you.”
Regardless if one has been a dog owner all his or her life, seeing a dog scooting its rear end across the yard or living room carpet always tends to be an unsettling sight. However, experienced dog owners know this is an issue that should never be ignored; especially since it is a symptom of a worm or flea infestation. Yet when the scooting is accompanied with excessive licking of the anal area or difficulty defecating, it is likely a different but very important health issue: impacted anal glands. Left unchecked, impacted anal glands can lead to serious infections in addition to painful abscesses for a canine companion.
The anal glands are two sacs that are located on both sides of a dog’s anal opening. The secretions inside them are what a dog uses to leave his or her scent behind. When a proper sized stool of the correct hardness is passed, it presses up against these glands that then leave a deposit as the dog defecates. However, when a dog’s stool is consistently soft, the anal glands can become backed up and that’s when pet owners see their dog scooting around on its rear end. Backed up anal glands are uncomfortable for a dog and recurrent problems leave the door wide open for bacterial infections.
It is not uncommon for dog owners to take their canine companion to a vet or groomer to have a blocked anal gland expressed. While this certainly brings relief for a dog, there are pet owners that find themselves having to have this procedure done nearly every two weeks. This is an indicator that something is seriously wrong in a dog’s diet. About 70% of the time, it is because a dog subsists on a diet of canned commercial pet food. The inability to form a hard stool while ingesting such a diet is what has a dog scooting around its rear end in hopes of unblocking the gland and finding some relief.