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Dog Anal Gland Expression

“What’s that smell?” This is a common phrase said by many dog owners. If you have ever experienced a pungent fishy smell coming from your dog, it’s likely they have expressed their anal gland. Dogs and cats have two anal glands, which are situated at the opening of the anus. Their purpose is to provide lubrication when passing stool, and to release an individualized scent. Many different diseases can occur to the anal gland such as infections, impactions, cancers and inflammation. Common symptoms of anal gland disorders are scooting, reluctance to sit, blood in the stool, or visualizing a firm red swelling at the opening of the anus. Cats are less often affected by anal gland disorders than dogs are.

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

No. It is important to have a trained professional such as a veterinary technician or veterinarian, express your dog’s anal glands. Too frequent and/or improper expression of the glands can lead to unnecessary trauma. Over time this can lead to chronic disease of the anal sac. In addition, if the anal gland is infected or impacted, expression can be quite painful and require pain management and/or sedation. Your healthcare team will be able to identify any pathology before an expression is performed, in order to do what is right for your pet.

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

Scooting can be caused by a number of different conditions, one being anal gland impaction.

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Last updated: July 28, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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- Sunday: CLOSED


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Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital