I took my dog to see the vet recently. One of my concerns was that the dog was scooting his ass on our doormat. The good doctor educated me: dogs have two small sacs near their anus.
These sacs are filled with stinky liquid that dogs use when marking places.
As turds get passed, the glands get squeezed, pushing out some of this liquid and letting other dogs know that they've been there.
Occasionally, these glands can get impacted, so it is good practice to clear them out every now and again. The dog will scoot his ass on the carpet to relieve the itch.
Now the good doctor showed me how to do it - WITHOUT ACTUALLY DOING IT. That happened in the back, presumably done by the vet tech.
Fast forward to earlier in the week, when I noticed the dog scooting. So I got some nitrile gloves, and a paper towel and "expressed the gland".
With just a gentle squeeze, the most vile liquid I could ever conceive of squirted onto my face and shirt. I cannot explain just how vile it was. Words do not do it justice.
Have you seen those beached whales who die and then their corpses explode from the trapped gases? I would rather eat what's left behind of the whale than smell this again.
I have showered several times and I still smell it. I have done nasal rinses twice and I still smell it. I threw away the shirt, but its in my garage. It can be smelled through
the garbage bag in my garage.
TL;DR did some home vet tech work. Never again.