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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Most people are unaware of this, but dogs and cats have anal glands that they naturally express every time they have a bowel movement. Occasionally, they have trouble expressing these on their own and will need help. This is something that is best left for a veterinary professional due to the risk of anal glands rupturing, which can lead to a great deal of discomfort and infection for your pet.

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


No, you should not. There is a risk of rupturing the anal glands if they are not expressed correctly. This can be very painful for your pet and can lead to infection. Also, it is pretty stinky so leaving this to a medical professional is recommended.

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


Not necessarily. Although scooting is one common sign of anal gland impaction there can be other causes such as allergies, parasites, or skin disease.

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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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

Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital