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

Every dog has anal glands and many dogs will never have a problem expressing them, but if your dog has difficulty or is unable to express them, then having the anal glands expressed is necessary. Anal glands that are full and won’t express on their own can be uncomfortable for your dog. Left untreated, anal glands can become infected and eventually, could rupture the skin around the anal gland if the pressure gets too much.

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


If you believe your dog has an anal gland problem that needs to be addressed, it is best to bring them in to make sure they get fully expressed and are not infected and need antibiotics or other treatment.

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


Scooting is a common sign people will see at home when a dog’s anal glands are full and not expressing on their own, though it could be due to another issue. If you notice your dog scooting, we recommend to bring them in to assess if it is their anal glands causing them to scoot.

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Last updated: July 13, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are now allowing a limited number of clients in our clinic, however, we still encourage clients to stay in their cars where possible for annual exams, vaccines, wellness exams etc. 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, 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. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 Sunrise Animal Hospital