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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal gland disease is very common in dogs. These are the same glands that a skunk sprays you with. Normally, the glands are expressed when your dog has a bowel movement. In certain instances, a dog may have a difficult time emptying them by themselves. If your pet is showing signs of irritation from its anal glands such as scooting their bum or licking back there, it is recommended to have them checked. Some dogs have to have them expressed every 6 weeks and others may never have an issue.

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


Expressing anal glands is considered a medical procedure and best done by a doctor or veterinary technician. We are able to express them gently while at the same time, monitoring the expressed material for signs of infection. Leave the stinky part to us!

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


Often a dog will drag his bum on the carpet to help release the anal glands. If you are seeing this on a regular basis, it is a good idea to get those glands checked. Other signs of a potential issue are licking at the area under the tail and around the anus or perineal area excessively.

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Last updated: November 3, 2020

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our team and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience in these matters. Please stay healthy and 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.

The following updates are effective Wednesday November 4, 2020.

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

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

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic