Dog Anal Gland Expression

All dogs have anal glands however, many never experience any issues. The glands discharge a secretion every time your dog defecates. The secretion acts as a lubricant and a scent marker. The anal glands can become excessively full or impacted. Scooting or excessive licking are common signs alerting owners to an issue. This is where we can help! During an appointment, the veterinarian inserts a finger into the rectum and manually expresses the material. The veterinarian will also look for signs of infection or growths. For dogs who have ongoing issues, some clients prefer to book their dog’s in for regular appointments to prevent buildup, potential infections and discomfort.

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

For dogs with ongoing issues or have a history of impaction, our veterinarians can instruct you to do this in the comfort of your own home.

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

Some scooting can be normal behaviour for some dogs. However, multiple scooting episodes provide a good clinical sign for uncomfortable anal glands. Some dogs will also excessively lick the area as well. These dogs should be seen by your veterinarian to rule out an infection or impaction. Other causes of itching such as allergies and parasites could result in similar symptoms.

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Water Intoxication

Water Intoxication in Dogs

Does your dog like to play in the water? Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, so look out for water intoxication!Water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia is a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition that is most commonly seen in dogs that love to play in the water. Water games that involve retrieving items or diving into pools to catch toys can cause them to ingest large quantities of water very quickly. It can also happen when they “catch” pressurized water from sprinklers or hoses.Excessive amounts of water cause the body to lose sodium. The body's cells begin to fill with water and swell. If the cells in the brain swell, it can affect the central nervous system which can be fatal.Symptoms include:loss of coordination lethargy bloating vomiting glazed eyes excessive salivation difficulty breathing seizures comaWater intoxication progresses quickly so if your pet has been playing in the water and begins to show any of the signs mentioned above, it's crucial to seek veterinary care immediately to save your dog's life.Treatment of water intoxication typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover, but sadly, many do not.It's important to closely watch dogs that are very active in water and ensure they take regular breaks in between playing. Be especially careful on days when the water is rough. If your dog empties their water bowl after playing hard or exercise, ensure they are rested before refilling the bowl.Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of water intoxication to keep your furry family member safe!If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 204-269-8162 or by email at info@centennialanimalhospital.com.Written by Centennial Animal Hospital

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