Anal Gland Expression

Learn about the symptoms, treatments, and when to see a vet.

Many dogs never have problems with their anal glands, while others need them expressed regularly. Scooting and excessive licking are a couple of the main signs your dog might show when anal glands need to be checked. If left unchecked, the anal glands may abscess and burst through the skin, causing significant complications.

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

It is best to have the anal glands expressed by someone with experience.

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

If a dog is scooting, it is recommended to have its anal glands checked. They may be full and need assistance being expressed. Scooting can also indicate the dog may need to be dewormed.

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