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.

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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Every dog has a paired set of anal glands located on either side of their rectum. These glands produce a secretion that not only lubricates stool as it exits the body but also acts as a scent for each dog. Most dogs do not require medical intervention, however, if an anal gland becomes infected, it can cause a painful abscess.

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

No. If anal sacs are not properly and completely expressed, it can lead to infection and an abscess may develop.

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

Although that may be the case, there are other reasons dogs may scoot. It is in your dog’s best interest to have them looked at by your veterinarian.

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Last updated: June 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital