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.

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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Your Pet Gazette - Spring Issue

Tick Prevention Recommended Tick prevention remains a priority for our pets this spring: As the temperatures rise above 4 degrees, ticks become active and quest for food.  Toronto Parks, woodland trails, grassy regions, and leaf piles all have the potential to contain ticks just waiting to hitch a ride on pets and humans.  As we are already seeing pets with ticks this spring, our veterinarians feel that it is important to maintain vigilance by using tick protection on our pets.

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Last updated: June 5, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the 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

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 still OPEN with the following hours:
MONDAY: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
SATURDAY: 8:30 am - 2:00 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 Annex Animal Hospital