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.

Dog Anal Glands Expression

Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal gland expression is a smelly but necessary part of canine care. Never fear, we have well trained veterinary technicians to help with this task.

Dogs have two small glands on either side of their anus that excrete a smelly fluid at the time of a bowel movement or sometimes when they are frightened. Occasionally, some dogs will experience discomfort when their anal glands do not express naturally. For routine anal gland expression, one of our registered veterinary technicians will express the glands manually. If left untreated, blocked anal glands can become infected and quite painful. They can even rupture through the skin if an abscess form. Fortunately, most dogs do not suffer from this condition but if you notice any signs of discomfort such as redness, licking, chewing, or dragging their behind on the floor, please give us a call to arrange an appointment.

Should I attempt to express my dog’s anal glands at home?


It is best to leave this to the professionals. Your dog may also feel very uncomfortable and may bite if not properly restrained.

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


This is not a reliable indication of an anal gland issue. However, it does indicate your dog is experiencing some discomfort for one reason or another. If you notice this behaviour, please give us a call to book an appointment for an examination of your dog’s hindquarters.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Friday, April 3, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-537-3128. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. 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.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Annex Animal Hospital