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.

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