We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
All dogs have anal glands, but not all dogs have problems with their glands. The glands discharge a secretion every time your dog passes a stool or if they are very scared. The secretion is designed as a lubricant and a scent marker for other dogs to smell. Often the anal glands become excessively full or impacted after a bout of diarrhea. Some dog breeds are more prone to having trouble expressing their glands naturally (when they pass stool). This is where we come in! Dogs that have anal gland problems need them manually expressed routinely to prevent build up, potential infection and discomfort.
Veterinary technicians and some groomers can express your dog’s anal glands for you. Always ask a professional to show you how to express the anal glands before attempting at home. If there are any problems with the expression or the texture, colour or odour to the material contact your Veterinary team to have your dog accessed, there may be a problem with the glands.
If my dog scoots on the carpet a lot, does this mean their anal glands are impacted?
When dogs scoot on the carpet or ground, it often means that their anal glands are bothering them, and they feel the need to express them. This can also indicate that your dog has internal parasites (worms) that are bothering them as well or potentially a sensitivity to certain foods.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.466.2543. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Hours are subject to change.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. We encourage payments to be done over the phone with a credit card or e-Transfer.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Mayfield Veterinary Clinic