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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.


Black History & Veterinary Medicine - Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb (1923-1992)

Today's medical historian of colour is Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb. Dr. Webb graduated with her DVM with our previous blog star Dr. Hinton, as one of the first female African American veterinarians in the US. Both of these great women were also the first black members of the Women’s Veterinary Medicine Association. She also founded the School of Veterinary Medicine of North Carolina State University. In 1971, she became the first African American woman in the North Carolina General Assembly, serving on many committees including serving as the Chairperson of Minority Affairs, president of the Democratic Women of NC, and a member of the NC Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome.   So you can see despite so many obstacles Dr. Webb was still able to make history and so can we!   Written by: Ashley G, VT   Resources:    

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