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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal gland disease is a common problem in dogs. Many pets will never experience this issue; however, some are more prone than others and can lead to more serious issues if not addressed. The anal glands or anal sacs are small glands found near the anus. Generally, the anal glands express themselves when your pet is having a bowel movement, but some pets can experience difficulty regularly expressing them causing them to scoot or bother with their hind end.

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


It is recommended to let our veterinarians provide this service for your pet. If your pet is scooting, please contact the clinic to set up an exam.

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


The classic symptom of an inflammation or infection of anal sacs in dogs is scooting. They do this in an effort to alleviate the itching and irritation caused by an inflamed, infected, or impacted anal gland. If you notice your pet scooting or bothering with their hind end contact the clinic and we can book an appointment to have your pet examined.

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What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


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.

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

- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital