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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Normally, dogs express their anal glands naturally when they have a bowel movement. Sometimes, the anal glands may get too full and make it difficult to express. There are a number of reasons this could happen. Our veterinarians can examine your dog to determine if your pet is having issues expressing their anal glands and offer advice on how to prevent it from reoccurring.

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


Our veterinarians can instruct you on how to express your dog’s anal glands if they have ongoing anal gland issues that can be managed appropriately at home.

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


Some scooting is normal. Repeated scooting can indicate that the dog is uncomfortable. It is always best to have a veterinarian rule out an impaction or other medical issues.

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Last updated: April 19, 2021

Dear Clients,

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

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- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital