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Dog Anal Gland Expression

A lot of people never think about their dog’s anal glands, until there’s a problem with them. Anal glands are located on each side of the anus, and naturally express when dogs have a bowel movement. They fill with smelly material, varying in consistency and color depending on the individual dog. A lot of dogs will never experience problems with their anal glands, provided that they express themselves naturally. Other dogs, however, for unknown reasons, are unable to do this. Their anal glands need to be manually expressed on a regular basis. When anal glands get full, they become uncomfortable for the dog. They may exhibit signs such as scooting on the carpet or licking at their hind end. If not expressed, the glands will continue to grow and can become infected. Sometimes the abscessed anal gland will burst, and you’ll notice an open wound beside your dog’s anus. Dogs are often very painful and are in need of pain medication and antibiotics.

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


It is recommended to have anal glands expressed by your veterinary professional. This makes sure that the glands are being drained completely, and also screens for any abnormal material that may show signs of infection. Expressing anal glands is a smelly and often messy job that involves inserting a finger in the anus to isolate and express the gland.

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


Scooting on the carpet is often a sign of uncomfortable anal glands, though dogs may also do it when feces are stuck to their fur, or to irritated skin back there. It’s always a good idea to have your dog checked out if you are noticing this. Scooting on the carpet is often a sign of uncomfortable anal glands, though dogs may also do it when feces are stuck to their fur, or to “itch” irritated skin back there. It’s always a good idea to have your dog checked out if you are noticing this.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital