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.

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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, the 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, and ruptured anal glands can also present in this manner so a consult with a veterinarian may be reassuring.

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