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.

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Dog Anal Gland Expression

The anal glands (also known as anal sacs) are two small scent glands located on either side of your pet’s rectum. Secretions from the glands are foul smelling and are normally expressed out of the sacs when your pet passes stool. These secretions may also be released in times of stress or fear. Most pets have no issues with their anal glands, but some animals are not able to empty their sacs effectively, and they become impacted and uncomfortable.

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


If you are concerned that your pet’s glands may be overly full or bothering them, please call the clinic and make an appointment to have them assessed.

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


There are numerous symptoms of impacted or infected anal glands. Excessive licking at the rear end and scooting the bottom along the floor are the most common signs. If the irritated glands are not emptied, the impaction may progress to an abscess and the sac may rupture.

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Last updated: May 29, 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 OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital