Anal Gland Express
Anal glands are located at the rear of animals and are required to be regularly expressed. Certain animals and dog breeds are more susceptible to having their anal glands fill up faster than others, so we can develop a schedule that is specific for your pet. Expressing anal glands is similar to checking a prostate for a middle-aged male and requires just a minor bit of prodding around the rear. It is non-invasive and not painful for the animal. It can be a bit uncomfortable which is understandable given the process of expression. Our professional staff have many years of experience and we want to share our love of dogs with you and you pet.
How do you know if they need expressed?
Most animals should have this performed regularly, however, certain dog breeds and other animals should be more frequent in their expression than others. If you are unsure, then our experts are going to provide an initial inspection and let you know the best schedule for you. Certain animals will emit a very fish-like and horrendous odor from their rear ends. This is an indication that the anal glands are full and need to be expressed. If you are uncertain and just want the peace of mind that it is complete, then schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Method of Expression
Expressing anal glands is not harmful to your pet. It is non-invasive and requires a minor insertion of the finger into the rear end followed by squeezing and massaging externally where the glands are located. If the glands are full, then the process will result in a large release of fluid out of the anus of the animal. For glands that are semi-full, there will still be a small expression of fluid as the glands are released. The process should be painless and only lead to minor discomfort for the pet.
Is It Necessary?
Yes, it is. Anal glands that overflow and start seeping out of the back of your pet can cause further problems. This is especially true for females who have the exit of their urethra located just under the anus. The seeping anal glands can lead to urinary tract infections in females as well as just be irritating to owners who have to smell the outlandish odor. For anyone who has ever smelled the discharge from anal glands know how bad they smell and linger. After all, the odor doesn’t just go away, but will rather linger and bind to whatever it clings too.
How Long Does it Take?
The expression of anal glands is relatively fast. It will take less than 10 minutes in most cases. However, in certain circumstances with a pet who is unfamiliar with the process, then the expression can take longer as we work to calm the pet first. Otherwise, most of the time we will have you in and out in no time. Therefore, if you are concerned about this being a slow procedure that lasts all day, then rest easy knowing that we will have the expression done in less than an hour.