We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal Glands. The subject nobody wants to talk about, except when problems arise. These glands are situated just under the skin, on either side of the anus. These glands fill up with an oily, brown fluid, with its distinct smell. This is your dog’s identifying scent and is the reason why dogs smell each other’s butts when they meet. It is also secreted during defecation, hence helping the stool slip out easily. Most owners do not even think of these glands until they smell that awful, fishy odour and/or their pet is dragging their hind end along the carpet, or they’re continually licking at their backend. Sometimes if they become impacted or form an abscess, you will notice swelling and/or redness back there.

Should I drain my dog’s anal glands at home?


Anal glands should not have to be regularly expressed unless your dog has issues with not expressing them themselves or they’ve had problems in the past. We can show you how to express them at home but most owners, don’t have it in them to do it themselves! We can do them for you if you can’t manage it yourselves.

If my dog scoots on the carpet, does this mean their anal glands are impacted?


Yes, it could mean that he/she’s having problems expressing them. Sometimes dragging their hind end on a hard surface, can help them express them, great for them but not so great for our carpets or rugs. There are a couple of products out there on the market to help with anal glands. The product we’ve had the most success with is, Glandex. It’s a powder you mix onto your pet’s food daily. Quite a few of our clients recommend it.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Monday, May 25, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic