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Dog Anal Gland Expression

The anal glands are two small structures on either side of the anus that secrete an odorous, “fishy”-smelling fluid. The purpose of the fluid is to provide identification information that other dogs can detect. Typically, the pressure that naturally occurs when dogs defecate is sufficient to empty the glands. Some dogs can have problems with these glands when the fluid does not empty naturally, and this can lead to impactions, infection and one or both glands rupturing. Dogs with full anal glands that are not emptying well often begin “scooting” (dragging their behind on the ground) and/or turning quickly to bite at their behind. A ruptured anal gland can be very painful for your pet and requires veterinary care. Please give us a call if you have concerns that your dog could be dealing with this health issue.

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

Not all dogs require drainage or expression of the glands. If your dog has issues with their anal glands, consult with our vet. In some cases, owners can learn how to properly empty glands while other dogs will need their glands expressed by a professional.

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

Scooting is often a symptom of anal gland issues, but other problems can cause a dog to scoot. If your dog is scooting a lot, it is best to schedule an exam with your veterinarian.


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Last updated: April 20, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.



We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Avon Animal Hospital