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Anal Gland Expression for Pets

Anal glands are two small glands just inside your pet’s anus. The material secreted into these sacs is thick, oily, stinky, and is commonly described as smelling fishy. In most cats/dogs, normal defecation serves to empty the sacs but some animals can have more difficulty due to anatomical issues or infection. These sacs can become impacted and uncomfortable, and have potential to rupture if left untreated.

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


We strongly advise you not to do these kinds of treatments at home, as you can potentially hurt your pet by accident.

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


Yes. Other signs of uncomfortable anal glands can include “scooting” or chewing at the rectum. For pets that require routine anal gland expression, you can book your appointment with our experienced registered veterinary technicians.

Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, 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 OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

5. NEW PET OWNERS

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 Osgoode Veterinary Servicesl