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Dog Anal Gland Expression

For some dogs and cats, anal sac infections or impactions can be a common occurrence. All dog and cats have anal sacs which are two small structures located on either side of the anus just inside the rectum. These sacs naturally empty during your pet’s regular bowel movement and are used for scent marking. Sometimes, dogs and cats will involuntarily empty their anal glands when stressed or scared and yield a very unpleasant odour. If infected and left untreated, anal gland impactions or infections can lead to an anal sac abscess which can be very painful for your pet. Anal sac inflammation is commonly associated with food allergies.

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


As anal glands are very delicate structures, we recommend having them professionally emptied by a registered veterinary technologist or a veterinarian.

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


Scooting can be a very good indication that your dog’s anal sacs could be full of material or impacted. However, there could be other underlying reasons that cause your dog to scoot. If your dog is continuously scooting, they should be seen by a veterinarian to determine if intervention is required.

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Last updated: September 4, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are still providing the same excellent patient care that we always have, but with some changes 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. 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 to Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Note: After-hour emergency services are available for regular equine patients only. All other patients with after-hours emergencies, please contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre at (204) 452-0911.


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 Oakbank Animal Hospital