We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
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!
End of school is here! As a mum of two young boys, we live in our little park. Dogs pass through with their owners enjoying an evening walk, the kids are playing grounders and building sand castles, and the parents are unwinding from a hectic day at work and after-school activities.
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, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital and our Doctor will communicate the results of the examination via telephone. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.
- 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.
Online consultations are now available!
- If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.