Anal Gland Expression

Learn about the symptoms, treatments, and when to seek veterinarian care.

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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