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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Nothing smells like success like a well emptied anal gland. These skin glands at the anus and can become impacted just like any other skin gland, they are often uncomfortable and may become infected. We can provide immediate relief and review health concerns that may be causing the condition. Such issues may include allergies, tumours or maldigestion.

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


Some owners or groomers are comfortable with expressing anal glands. You should discuss with our veterinarians, details of technique, risks, and signs of concern. If still comfortable with home care of anal glands, we will practice in-clinic to confirm success and safety.

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


Scooting is a sign of discomfort at the hind end. Anal glands are the most common reason for this behaviour but not the only reason. Worms, dermatitis, ruptured anal glands can also present in this manner so a consult with a veterinarian may be reassuring.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are 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. 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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Southampton Pet Hospital