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Dog Anal Gland Expression

If your pup’s anal glands are not expressing properly, this can cause a smelly and uncomfortable situation. With most dog’s, anal glands will express on their own with no problems, however, many of our furry friends do need to have their glands expressed. If left untreated, overfilled and irritated glands can become infected. Some signs that your dog may need to schedule an appointment include scooting along the ground, persistently licking the rear end and a foul odour.

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


To ensure that your pet receives the most effective treatment possible, we recommend scheduling a visit with a veterinary professional. If anal glands are not expressed properly, they could rupture or not drain properly which will lead to further discomfort and issues.

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


Not necessarily. If your dog is scooting frequently, it is best to schedule a visit with your veterinary hospital to determine whether anal glands, intestinal parasites or something else may be the cause for their discomfort.

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Last updated: November 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. OPEN DOOR POLICY - WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT

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 remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week

5. 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 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital