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Dog Anal Gland Expression

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.

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

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.

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Last updated: June 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & 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 Mayfield Veterinary Clinic