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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal glands are not usually in your everyday conversation. In fact, many people do not know they exist! These glands are located inside the anus and are meant for lubrication and scent marking. Sometimes, anal glands can become impacted or infected if they are unable to be expressed normally. In more severe cases, they can become abscessed and burst. With that said, many dogs never experience an issue.

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


A dog’s anal glands do not need to be expressed on a regular basis unless they experience issues or have had problems in the past. We can show you how to do them at home, but we recommend bringing your pet to us to assess the quality of fluid and glands.

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


This is the most common indicator that a dog’s anal glands are uncomfortably full. We recommend having one of our technologists or veterinarians express them. If the fluid is abnormal or there is a concern for infection, medications can be prescribed to help. We also have a few products available for pets that have reoccurring issues.

There are other reasons a dog may be scooting, so it is always a great idea to book a visit with our team.

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Last updated: May 25, 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 Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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

- Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre North