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Anal glands are not the top of the list of things most people talk about, but they are an essential part to your dog’s overall health. These small glands are located at “4 and 8,” just inside the anus of your pet. On most dogs, these glands are emptied when the patient has a bowel movement. Occasionally, dogs can have problems where the glands do not express properly or they get impacted, this is why your pet might “scoot.” Recently, studies have been published linking anal gland impaction with allergies. If you pet Scoots a lot, we can help.
It is not always recommended for owners to be doing anal glands at home. Sometimes if they become too full, the glands can become impacted which can lead to additional concerns like rupturing of the sac. Some groomers will do anal glands, but empty them in a different way than your veterinarian would. If you think your pet is having anal gland issues, it’s always best to bring them to your veterinarian for an exam.
If my dog scoots on the carpet a lot, does this mean their anal glands are impacted?
Possibly. Dogs will scoot when their anal glands start to become full and irritated. It is best when you notice this, to bring your pet into the hospital to ensure they are drained properly.
Riverview Animal Hospital has recently undergone a lot of changes! Renovations have turned our hospital into a completely new one! Not only have we doubled in size, but we have added new departments within the treatment areas of the hospital.
Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 506.387.4015 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital with your scheduled Doctor with communication via telephone. In addition, we are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also place an order through our Online Store by visiting our website.
Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.
- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015 , and we'll come to you.
- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.