Anal Gland Expression

Learn about the symptoms, treatments, and when to see a vet.

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.

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