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.
Anal glands are such a smelly subject. Anal glands are located under the skin on either side of the anus, and they are your pets scent glands. They help dogs identify each other, hence the smelling of each other’s back end upon meeting one another. Anal gland secretion occurs when the pet defecates to help with the passage of stool. These glands, at times, can also become impacted or abscessed. You will generally recognize “the smell,” your dog may lick his anus frequently and scoot his rear on the floor. If you notice any of these signs, you should call your veterinarian.
Expressing your dog’s anal glands at home is really not something you likely want to try yourself. We can show you how it’s done and how to express them, but it’s probably best to leave this less desirable task to one of our experienced staff members.
If my dog scoots on the carpet, does this mean their anal glands are impacted?
If your dog scoots on the carpet (you may want to discourage this), there may be some issue going on with their anal glands. Please call our office and speak with one of our friendly pet care specialists, who will book you an appointment to have this issue checked.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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. 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 - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 Crossroads Animal Hospital