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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.

Last updated: December 2, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, we want to continue to keep our staff as well as our clients safe and healthy. As such, we have updated our protocols effective immediately.

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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday (for food sales only): 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Appointments are seen Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. Food sales are serviced weekly between 8am-9am and 5pm-6pm and on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

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

- Your dedicated team at Queensway Veterinary Hospital