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Dog Anal Gland Expression

All dogs have anal glands. When your dog has a bowel movement, they secrete a lubricating material. Dogs can also express their anal glands when they are feeling threatened or scared. Sometimes, the anal glands do not excrete properly during bowel movements and they can become too full. This can cause the anal glands to become infected or in extreme cases, even rupture.

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

We do not recommend trying to express your dog’s anal glands at home. It takes training and practice to be able to fully empty the anal glands and not cause further trauma. Please contact Cumberland Veterinary Clinic if you suspect your dog is having trouble with his/her anal glands.

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

Scooting doesn’t necessarily mean that the anal glands are impacted, but can be a sign that they are not expressing normally during bowel movements, or maybe a secondary symptom of an underlying allergy. Our veterinarians will perform an examination on your dog to determine that anal glands are the cause of your dog’s symptoms and properly express the glands if so. If these symptoms are left unaddressed, it can cause the licking and scooting to get worse.

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Hours of Operation for the Remainder of 2020

Dear valued clients, thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we operate out of two locations while undergoing renovations at our new facility. For more information about our house of operation at both locations, please see below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 306.373.3500

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Last updated: September 8, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

1. WE CAN 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

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- 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 Cumberland Veterinary Clinic