Dog Anal Gland Expression

We know, not exactly what you thought you would be reading online today, right? Most people never think about their dog’s anal glands until there’s a problem with them. These glands are designed to provide lubrication when a dog passes a stool, and they also give each dog its own unique scent. Many dogs will never experience issues with their anal glands, however, bacteria can build up in the anal glands if they don’t express properly, and this can lead to an infection. Left untreated, the infection can produce an abscess which may eventually rupture through the skin and cause further complications.

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

While this can be done by you at home, our veterinarians do not recommend trying to do this without proper training. One of our veterinarians or veterinary technicians can teach you how to properly drain your dog’s anal glands at home – just give the office a call to schedule an appointment!

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

Not necessarily. If you notice your dog scooting, our veterinarians recommend bringing him/her in for a visit.



What to Know About Raw Diets

Different diets seem to be all the rage today. All you have to do is google “different diets” and BAM! You are overwhelmed with different articles about the Atkins diet, vegan diets, paleo diets, weight watchers and so on. Our pets are no exception when it comes to this craze. Walk into a pet store and the choices of pet food is overwhelming! Not to mention things like homemade diets! Today I want to discuss one diet in particular that has gained traction in the dog community. The raw diet.

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