We remain open to provide urgent care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Anal glands are two fluid-filled glands located on either side of the rectum. When a dog has a bowel movement, the glands contract and empties their contents onto the dog’s stool as it passes out of the body. The fluid provides each dog with his or her own scent identifier. Although the fluid in each gland smells like rotten fish to us, to dogs the smell provides a unique identification like a fingerprint. That’s why dogs smell each other’s bum when they first meet!

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

Generally, there is no need to drain your dog’s anal glands at home because they should be emptying when your dog has a bowel movement. If your dog has a problem with his or her anal glands, our veterinarian will formulate a control or treatment plan for your dog.

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

“Scooting” behaviour can be caused by many things and full anal glands can be one of the causes. When the anal glands are full, they can be itchy for your dog and that causes the scooting behaviour. An occasional scoot is not a concern. However, if your dog is scooting all the time, please feel free to contact our hospital to discuss your dog’s specific needs.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Cambrian Animal Hospital