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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal glands are one of the most common reasons a dog would need to be seen by a veterinarian. If you find your pet is scooting his or her back end, licking under their tail or find they have an odd, fishy odour, it may be time to consider having their anal glands checked.

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

Some animals can express their anal glands on their own and will never need a visit. However, some animals may require a visit every 2-3 weeks. If the anal glands are an issue and left untreated, you run a high risk of infection or anal gland abscesses. It can be very painful for your dog and may require medication. An appointment can be made with your veterinarian or veterinary technician. Although it sounds like an easy process to express anal glands, doing it properly can mean the difference between infection and discomfort or a healthy dog. Most people think the external version of expressing anal glands is enough. However, this is incorrect. Only by putting a glove on and feeling the anal gland internally can you be sure the anal glands are fully expressed and infection won’t occur.

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

Dogs scooting on the ground can be a sign that the anal glands need to be expressed. However, this can also be a sign of a few other issues as well, such as allergies or worms.