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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal glands are two pouch-like sacs on the inside of a dog’s anus. They usually empty themselves when a dog defecates, it helps lubricate the stool and provides a unique scent from other dogs. A lot of owners don’t know what anal glands are until they cause a problem. If for some reason, the glands do not express on their own, they can get full and infected, sometimes leading to an abscess.

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

No, they should be done by a trained professional, as they can rupture if done improperly.

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

It is possible, but there are other reasons a dog could be doing that. We recommend booking an exam if this is an issue with your dog.

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Last Updated: January 28, 2021

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

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 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 Tantallon Veterinary Hospital