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Dog Anal Gland Expression

For some dogs, anal gland infections or impactions can be a common occurrence. All dogs have anal glands which can also be referred to as “anal sacs” which are two small sacs located on either side of the anus. These sacs naturally empty during your dog’s regular bowel movement and are used for scent marking. Sometimes dogs will involuntarily empty their anal glands when stressed or scared which can be a very unpleasant experience for dog owners. If left untreated, anal gland impactions or infections can lead to an anal gland abscess which can be very painful. The best medicine is prevention, which is why it is important to have your dog’s anal glands checked and expressed regularly.

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

Some owners feel very comfortable attempting this task on their own at home, however it can be quite unpleasant. We recommend to have them professionally expressed by your veterinarian or a registered animal health technician the first few times so they can teach you the proper way of expressing them at home.

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

Scooting can be a very good indication that your dog’s anal glands could be impacted. However, there could be other underlying reasons that cause your dog to scoot such as a parasitic infection, flea infestation or due to a rash or hot spot in that area.

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Get a Cupcake and Support BC Animals in Need during Treat Week! Feb 24 - Mar 1

Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need. Van Isle Veterinary Hospital will be baking more than 70 dozen cupcakes, cookies, squares and treats in the hopes of beating last year’s donations of $2600 (in just 7 hours!). Many local businesses such as Finders Keepers, Old House Notary, ABC Printing, Kal Tire, 50th Parallel, Stu Tunheim – Wealth Management, Bosleys, Westview Ford and Monica Parkin – Coast Capital Savings are showing their support early with special pre-orders to help animals in need. A special shout out to Cumberland Bakery for donating 12 doz of their delicious donut holes to help us reach our goal. Each year the team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is blown away by the support from within the community as well local businesses who pull together for this great cause.  Don’t miss out on Monday! Come early to get your favourite treats. Baked goods will be available from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm or when they sell out. There will be gluten-free and vegan options available, as well as special cupcakes for our four-legged friends to enjoy too.   By Candice Pacholuk

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