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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal glands and their associated sacs are located under the skin on either side of the anus of dogs. The scent released from anal sac material is what other dogs smell to identify each other. When functioning normally, they will express with bowel movements or when excited. It is generally noted by the owner as a foul, fishy smell. If these sacs become too full, infected, or blocked, it can be quite irritating. If you see your dog persistently scooting their rear end or repeatedly licking their anal area, they may be telling you their anal sacs are full and bothering them. You may see redness or swelling next to the anus, and in the worst case, this sac can rupture if not emptied in time. If you have concerns about your dog’s anal sacs, please call for an appointment with your veterinarian.

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

Many dogs do not need their anal sacs manually emptied regularly. Most dogs with normal stool and normal anal sacs will express those sacs on their own with their bowel movements. If your pet shows the signs of irritation listed above, then they should have their anal sacs evaluated and emptied. If this is a regular occurrence, your veterinarian can discuss ways to help your pet’s sacs function more normally.

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

Full and irritated anal sacs are a common cause of “scooting”, but they are not the only cause of this behaviour. If your pet is persistently scooting, it may be advised to schedule an examination with your veterinarian to determine if there could be another cause requiring treatment other than anal sac expression.

COVID-19 ALERT

Southpointe Pet Hospital is committed to doing our part in protecting our community from the spread of COVID-19. To allow us to continue operating during the pandemic, we have implemented a CLOSED DOOR POLICY.

For the safety of our staff, clients and our entire community, ONLY ONE CLIENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO ACCOMPANY THEIR PET INTO THE BUILDING AT A TIME, and A MASK MUST BE WORN TO ENTER.

When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call (403) 532-0085. Our staff will advise you on when you can enter for your appointment, or deliver prescriptions and food orders to your vehicle. For safety reasons, please be prepared to pay with CREDIT or DEBIT, as cash will not be accepted. If you do not have a phone or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.

As of June 29, 2020, we are resuming normal scheduling of non-urgent appointments, including annual exams, vaccinations, spays and neuters with clients present.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday to Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.

Sincerely,

The Team at Southpointe Pet Hospital