Anal Gland Expression

Learn about the signs, remedies, and when to seek veterinary assistance.

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.

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