Anal glands, yes it's "gross" but lets talk dog butt.
posted: Apr 08, 2016.
Anal gland expressions are included in any bathing / grooming service, however only upon request. The truth of the matter is, not all dogs need anal gland expressions. Most dogs will express their own naturally by licking, rubbing, scooting and etc (hopefully outside!) Each dog is different and some may not even require expressions and some may need it on a regular basis or in some cases a trip to the vet may be needed. In addition although we have two veterinarian assistants on staff this delicate technique should ideally be done in the presence of your veterinarian. Like many grooming establishments we can do external expressions only, this causes less irritation and likelihood of the anal sacks rupturing. Most dogs that require expressions do well with the external method however some dogs may require internal expressions to ensure all the derby is depleted from the sacks. Internal expressions should be done in the presence of a veterinarian as the anal sacks are delicate and in most cases if a dog needs internal expressions there could be an infection within the sacks. Your veterinarian can help determine if an anal gland flush is needed.
If we notice any inconstancy/ abnormal coloring with the anal gland expression debris that indicate possible infection, we will notify you. If we notice any additional issues in direct relation to the anal area again we will notify you.