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Dog Anal Gland Expression

In dogs, anal glands are two small sacs found on either side of the anus that hold a scented fluid used in scent marking. Under normal circumstances, these sacs are expressed when your dog has a bowel movement. The majority of dogs will never need assistance to have their glands expressed. However, because we have bred everything from giant Great Danes to tiny Teacup Chihuahuas, sometimes an individual will have glands that are not shaped or positioned properly to be cleanly expressed naturally. The fluid can build up within the sacs and become thickened to the point where the glands cannot be expressed naturally and so the animal needs assistance. An over-full gland can be irritating or even painful, can become infected, and in extreme cases, can rupture. It is necessary at this point for your veterinarian to intervene and provide relief.

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

No! Unless you have the proper training please do not attempt to express your own dog’s glands. You can cause further trauma if you do not perform this task correctly.

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

Scooting can be a sign that the anal glands are overfull and your dog is trying to get relief. If you notice your dog scooting frequently, please contact your veterinarian’s office.

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Last updated: July 7, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the 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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:00 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 Moncton Animal Hospital