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The one hole in this theory, though, is that the gland expression never happens when she's relaxing on the floor or in any of her beds (including in her crate, where she sleeps every night).
Is she a nervous type of dog ? Easily spooked/startled or prone to quickly alert ? Are any of the beds where she doesn’t leak elevated or are they all on the floor ?

Would it be possible that she feels more safe on your bed, because it has your scent, it’s elevated and let’s her see farther away, so she’s letting her guard down and fully relaxing ?
 

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Is she a nervous type of dog ? Easily spooked/startled or prone to quickly alert ? Are any of the beds where she doesn’t leak elevated or are they all on the floor ?

Would it be possible that she feels more safe on your bed, because it has your scent, it’s elevated and let’s her see farther away, so she’s letting her guard down and fully relaxing ?
Thank you for helping me try and figure this out! Gosh, I love this forum.

Her dog beds are all on the ground, so now that I'm thinking about it, all the fishy episodes have occurred while she's elevated—typically on the couch, though also once while we were watching a movie on a mattress on the floor.

I was going to say maybe the common denominator really is us + elevation, but she's never done it in our bed or the guest room bed. And she will often lounge with a chew on the guest room bed with my husband while he works on his iPad.

And yes, she's definitely very alerty. Unless she's really snoozing hard—like she is as I type this—she'll often give a woof if she hears, for example, a car door slam. And if she's in a deep sleep and I bump/startle her, she sometimes wakes up with a bark before she re-orients herself. Seems like something that should trigger her glands, but nope.
 

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You should write a journal of her leaky episodes : the time, where she was, what she was doing, who else was present.

Hopefully you’ll find a common denominator. This is (sadly) fascinating...
We do keep track of the time and date of each episode, but I'll start adding more details. Thanks for the suggestion!

At least it's not daily, or even weekly. And they're really just the tiniest drips. But sooooooo smelly. And who knows if it'll become a bigger issue in the future. Best to figure it out now.
 

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If the holistic vet you know doesn’t offer chiropractic services, then my vet could be of some help since I know he does. They’re open now, but you can’t go in with them which was been nerve racking, at least for me. Might be a bit of a drive since they’re all the way out in Kirkland but potentially worth a call. They’re called Finn Hill Animal Hospital.
 

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If the holistic vet you know doesn’t offer chiropractic services, then my vet could be of some help since I know he does. They’re open now, but you can’t go in with them which was been nerve racking, at least for me. Might be a bit of a drive since they’re all the way out in Kirkland but potentially worth a call. They’re called Finn Hill Animal Hospital.
Thanks, Vanessa! At the very least he might have some closer recommendations for us. I agree that sending them in alone is nerve-wracking, but Peggy didn't even look back and apparently had a wonderful time. This does not bode well for her ability to escape any future dognapping attempts.
 

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Update: Peggy's nose is literally dripping on me right now. Just clear liquidy discharge. I think this might back up our vet's belief that she has seasonal allergies.

Personally, I'm highly allergic to grass pollen, and it's been brutal the past week or so. She was playing in the grass with a friend for an hour this afternoon.

Not really sure how to manage that, though. I've not read much encouraging about allergy meds for dogs.
 

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Do you have air filters in the house? I have a dust allergy, and a few hours after I turn my Honeywell on (unplug it for cleaning) my nose mostly stops dripping. Maybe one by where she sleeps?
 

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Do you have air filters in the house? I have a dust allergy, and a few hours after I turn my Honeywell on (unplug it for cleaning) my nose mostly stops dripping. Maybe one by where she sleeps?
That's a good idea. I've got one in the bedroom, and have been considering moving her crate in there.
 

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This reminds me of amusing 'farts' from my now deceased mate. He would only fart in bed when awake, not when sleeping. So I knew if he had awakened. He didn't believe me at all. One time he did a terribly smelly fart under the covers. It was awful! Then it stunk up all of the covers and took forever to dissipate. He sounded most insulted and said he thought it would be a 'filtered fart'!

I requested that from now on he lift the covers away so that it could wander off into the air.
Sorry for the topic change! I am so lucky. My Spoo has never in 11 years make anything smelly at all.....
 

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This reminds me of amusing 'farts' from my now deceased mate. He would only fart in bed when awake, not when sleeping. So I knew if he had awakened. He didn't believe me at all. One time he did a terribly smelly fart under the covers. It was awful! Then it stunk up all of the covers and took forever to dissipate. He sounded most insulted and said he thought it would be a 'filtered fart'!

I requested that from now on he lift the covers away so that it could wander off into the air.
Sorry for the topic change! I am so lucky. My Spoo has never in 11 years make anything smelly at all.....
I very much appreciated this topic change, Kontiki! So funny, and a surprisingly sweet memory.

"Filtered fart." Lol.

Peggy's the queen of farts. Not stinky ones, but they're very loud, and they often happen when she's jumping up onto something or dropping into a sit. It's impossible not to laugh. I've never heard a dog do that before.
 

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Peggy's had watery diarrhea the past three days, so I'm not surprised her anal glands are acting up. There have been no solid stools to help empty them. But it just happened twice in half an hour, and the second time, instead of just a tiny drop, the liquid had a tarry look to it and left a dark brownish black spot.

The only good thing to come of this is that, in doing my usual googling, I saw a line that I clearly missed the first trillion times I read this article:

"Some dogs even appear to lack control of the anus or anal sac ducts so that small quantities of fluid will drain out when they are resting."


So at least she's not totally unique in this regard. She was sleeping next to us on the couch both times it happened.

Oh, did I mention our hot water heater broke so I have to boil water to properly clean anything? Laughing/crying.
 

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@PeggyTheParti are you starting to consider removing her anal sacs ?
I am, though I'd want to consult with a specialist, and travelling isn't really an option right now. Ideally we'd combine it with her spay so she doesn't have to go under twice.

What's driving me nuts is we had three weeks in a row with no episodes, and then five weeks in a row with either one or two. I'm going over all my notes trying to figure out what (if anything) may have been different between those weeks.

The only thing I've come up with is she caught and ate what appeared to be a mouse at the start of those three good weeks.
 

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I am, though I'd want to consult with a specialist, and travelling isn't really an option right now. Ideally we'd combine it with her spay so she doesn't have to go under twice.
I didn’t realize she was so young and not spayed yet. That’s a very good plan !
 

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I didn’t realize she was so young and not spayed yet. That’s a very good plan !
She's almost 14 months and had her first heat at 8.5 months. We're waiting for one more heat before doing her spay surgery.

The more I think about it, the more I wonder if whatever critter she ate before those three good weeks actually played a role. I wonder if adding some sort of bone to her diet might be the key.
 

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She's almost 14 months and had her first heat at 8.5 months. We're waiting for one more heat before doing her spay surgery.

The more I think about it, the more I wonder if whatever critter she ate before those three good weeks actually played a role. I wonder if adding some sort of bone to her diet might be the key.
I used to give Misha dead mice to eat when he was a pup. These days he believes they are too fun as toys to eat! Stinker. Bone definitely makes poop harder. Too much bone causes constipation. Each dog is different but they typically do well with 10-15% bone.
 
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