Dog Anal Gland Expression

What the heck are anal glands? Anal glands are designed to provide lubrication when dogs pass stool, and they also give each dog their distinct scent.

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

Please have your professional veterinary staff express anal glands. Improperly drained anal glands could lead to complications such as anal gland abscesses, extreme discomfort, and prolapse.

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

This behaviour can be a sign that your dog is uncomfortable in the hind end. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s due to anal glands. It is always best to have your dog checked over by your vet to look for any other signs that may indicate discomfort.


How to Keep Pets Safe in the Car

I know we all want to bring our furry friends with us in the car everywhere we go BUT this should be done safely. So how do you make sure that your best friend is safe in this time together?

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Last updated: June 9, 2022.

Dear Clients,

Masks are now optional for both staff and clients at our hospital. Please respect everyone's comfort level. Here is what you can expect:

For appointments:
  • There are no longer any capacity limits on our exam rooms or reception area
  • Masks are optional for both team members and clients.
  • For food / medication / retail:
  • It is best to call your order in ahead of time so the team can get it ready for you. Please allow 24 - 48 hours for medication refills
  • We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of: vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.


    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:30 am – 3:00 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 Companion Animal Hospital