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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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Last updated: June 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic