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.
You may have always wondered why dogs are always smelling each other’s back-end when they meet. It’s actually because of their anal glands! Anal glands are designed to give each dog its unique scent, as well as help lubricate stools as they pass. Many people never think about anal glands, until their pet has a problem with them. If dogs can’t express their anal glands naturally, bacteria can build up and cause infection. If the infection is not addressed, they may form an abscess, which will eventually rupture through the skin, causing severe pain for your pet.
No, normal dogs do not need their anal glands expressed on a regular basis. In fact, doing so when there is not a problem may cause irritation and inflammation. If your dog has been diagnosed with an anal gland issue, your veterinarian may ask you to monitor the size of the anal glands at home. There are special cases where the veterinary team may teach an owner how to express anal glands at home, to ensure you are not causing pain or damage.
If my dog scoots on the carpet a lot, does this mean their anal glands are impacted?
Scooting (pulling themselves along the ground in a sitting position) is a classic sign that your pet may have discomfort and possible impaction of their anal glands. You may also notice excessive licking, or discharge coming from this area. If you see these signs in your pet, it is important to have them in for examination. If left untreated, anal glands can become infected and rupture through the skin. You will also be able to discuss with your veterinarian why this has happened and how we can prevent it reoccurring in the future.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!