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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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Last updated: November 30, 2021

*NEW CLIENTS AND NEW PATIENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!*

As we approach the holiday season, please note our holiday hours:

December 24: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
December 25/26/27: Closed
December 31: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
January 1 and 2: Closed

Please order your pet's prescriptions and pet foods early during the holiday season to avoid delays. We require one week's notice for prescription refills. Our front door is currently open for picking up pre-ordered food and medications only. If you prefer not to come inside, please call upon arrival and we will be happy to bring your order outside.

Our veterinarians are currently seeing all patients by appointment ONLY. We are currently operating with both curbside and in office appointments. We have limited capacity to accommodate indoor appointments but please let us know your preference at the time of booking and we will do our very best to accommodate your request. Please note, for safety reasons, you will be asked to wait behind a clear screen while speaking with the veterinarian. Your pet will be examined by the veterinarian while one of our assistants holds them. We appreciate your patience and understanding as these appointments take a little longer than normal.  

How do curbside / closed-door appointments work?
Please come to the back door for your appointment and call 416-537-3128 upon arrival. A veterinarian will speak with you over the phone and a veterinary assistant will come out to collect your pet for an examination. After examining your pet, the doctor will follow-up on the phone with their findings and recommendations. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your pets. Please let us know in advance if they have any special needs.
 
How to collect food and prescription orders:
We can now allow up to 2 people inside the hospital to pick up prescriptions and food. Please call ahead at 416-537-3128.

For faster service, we suggest ordering pet supplies and food through our online store. Delivery is free with purchases over $100.00. It's easy! Just click ONLINE STORE on our website to sign up.

Payment Methods:
We are currently accepting all payment methods. However, credit or debit cards are preferred.
 

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

- The team at Annex Animal Hospital