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

Anal sacs, or anal glands, carry some smelly fluid and occasionally need to be expressed/emptied. Many dogs express them by themselves every time they poop, but sometimes the sacs fill with secretions, and your dog needs some help to release these fluids.

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

It is usually safe for you to express your dog’s glands yourself unless your dog is bleeding or oozing pus around his/her anus. Normal anal gland fluid is brown with a thin consistency. If the expressed fluid is thick, chunky or coloured green, yellow or grey, this is abnormal and could indicate an infection. You should contact your veterinarian in the case of an abnormal fluid or non-easy expression.

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

Yes and no; scooting is very characteristic of anal glands impaction/infection, but it can also be a sign of a few other diseases. If your dog suddenly takes scooting along the carpet to wipe his/her bum, he/she needs to be checked. Lots of licking or chewing of his/her rear or tail is another sign that it’s time to get rid of fluid build-up.

Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Catrysse Veterinary Services