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Dog Anal Glands Expression

Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal glands are small sacs located by the dog’s anus. Every time a dog passes stool, the gland is typically expressed. But some dogs’ anal glands don’t express themselves when the dog passes stool so a veterinarian or veterinary technician may need to express them. Sometimes anal glands can get blocked and have infections in them and sometimes they can rupture through the skin which causes further infection and pain.

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


We do not recommend trying to emptying your dog’s anal glands at home.

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


If you see your dog scooting/dragging its hindquarters on the carpet, it could mean that their anal glands are full and need to be expressed. Other signs of anal glands needing to be expressed are biting and or licking at the anus, and some dogs may become irritable.

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Last updated: June 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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 SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme 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 - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


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.

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

- Your dedicated team at Fairview Animal Hospital