Anal Gland Expression

Anal sacs or anal glands carry some smelly fluid and occasionally need to be expressed or emptied. Many dogs express them by themselves every time they poop, but sometimes the sacs fill with fluid and your dog needs some help to empty them and prevent them from developing into an abscess.

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

Generally, no. You should have your pet’s anal glands checked at your veterinary clinic.

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

Scooting can be a sign of full anal glands or other concern. Please consult your veterinarian.

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