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.
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.
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.
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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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