Anal Gland Expression

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

Does your dog do that cute little bum wiggle across your carpet? Chances are they are indicating that it is time for their anal glands to be expressed. Anal glands are part of a normal dog’s anatomy and are involved with easy passage of feces. In some dogs, they have trouble emptying their glands and require a little assistance from their veterinarian. Many dogs will never have an issue with their anal glands but speak to your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

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

If you are interested in learning how to express your dog’s anal glands at home, please ask your veterinarian to teach you. Remember, it can be a messy job!

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

Scooting is often an indication that your dog’s anal glands are full but not necessarily impacted.

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