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Dog Anal Gland Expression

The staff at North Town Veterinary Hospital are not only here to help you and your pet through the good times and bad times, but also the stinky times! Anal glands are sac-like glands that are approximately located at 4 and 8 o’clock around the anus. The anal glands are a secretion used for marking the pet’s territory, but also to lubricate their bowel movements. The anal glands typically empty on their own when your pet defecates, or sometimes your pet will release a very foul smelling liquid from them if they become scared. Sometimes, pets do not empty their anal glands naturally and need assistance through an anal gland expression.

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


We would not recommend you do your pet’s anal glands at home, they can be very painful or even impacted. We would not want you to cause damage to your pet, or for your pet to bite you.

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


Just because your pet is scooting, does not always indicate that there is an anal gland problem. There could be something else going on causing them to scoot as well, please give us a call to book an appointment!

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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community we are limiting the amount of clients permitted inside of our building. We have initiated a semi- open door policy to allow one person inside the hospital while your pet is here for a scheduled exam. One person is also permitted inside the hospital for surgical drop offs. Our emergency services remain closed door to clients as our building does not allow for proper social distancing while waiting for the veterinarian. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment, surgical drop off or emergency service to gain further direction from one of our team members. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.