Have you asked your vet? My last dog used to get anal gland infections and eventually had to have them removed. You problem does not sound like an infection, but it would be worth a checkup.
I would definately go to the vet, have them expressed by him/her.
Waffle has very, uh, active anal glands too. Expressing them wouldn't fix the problem. He obviously has no problem expressing them on his own! It's just something we deal with...
Yup, especially on the beach after we've been away for a while. Most of the time, I just walk away embarrassed. He did it in the surf once in front of a family and I about cried. The family then packed up their stuff and left because they thought he pooped in the water. :[
If anyone asks, I explain that it was just anal gland fluid and I can't pick it up. After enough times of it happening, it stops leaving a sour taste in your mouth when people confront you.
It's never left a sour taste in my mouth because I never taste it. :)
But if anyone gets snooty ("Do you need a bag to pick that up?"), just pretend you're tasting it with your finger ("No, it's not dog sh!t, just anal glands..."). That will shut them up.
oh wow. this happened to linus once. i actually thought it was diarrhea and i put him on the bland diet for a few days, but this makes so much more sense (because he had a solid poop about 10 minutes before the liquid came out of him on a walk). i actually did the "pretend to pick it up thing" too.
What kind of dog food are you feeding him? My dogs also had active anal glands but I noticed when I switched them Wellness Super5Mix Healthy Weight, which has a lower fat content, the problem went away. Previously, I had fed them regular Wellness Super5Mix and regular Wellness Core (both had higher fat percentagees) but the doggies still had active glands.
BTW, I switched them to the healthy weight brand because my doggies were getting a little fat, not because of their anal glands. However, I soon noticed that they didn't seem to be excreting as much and, after a while, it went away.
I currently have them on Wellness Core Reduced Fat Formula because I wanted to move to a grain free product. So far, so good, although, every once in a while, I get a little whiff of odors past (though nothing like before), so I may switch back to the healthy weight formula since it has the lower fat content.
Only time this happened to one of mine was on the exam table at the vet when we were trying to get Wiley's nails trimmed:(