Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
The anal glands are two small sacs located on either side of the anus. Anal gland secretions act as territorial markers and are usually expressed by muscular contractions whenever your dog passes a bowel movement.
Anal gland disease is very common when the sacs frequently become impacted (plugged) due to inflammation of the ducts. This impaction can lead to infection and abscess formation. The first sign of full anal glands is often scooting or dragging their rear along the ground. They may also lick and/or bite excessively at the base of their tail.
The treatment for impacted anal glands is to express or empty the sacs fully. If there is a severe infection in one or both sacs, the veterinarian may infuse them with an antibiotic.
No, expressing anal glands is determined to be a veterinary procedure by the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Act. Groomers are no longer permitted to perform the procedure as underlying infections may go unnoticed to an untrained professional. We would be more than happy to express your dog’s glands for you!
If my dog scoots on the carpet, does this mean their anal glands are impacted?
The first sign is often scooting or dragging their rear along the ground. They may also lick and/or bite excessively at the base of their tail.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!