Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
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 them in for a visit.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-759-3031. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Park Road Veterinary Clinic