We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Dog Anal Gland Expression

All dogs have anal glands, which are small sacs inside their anuses. They are there to help lubricate the passing of a dog’s bowel movement and act as a fingerprint for other dogs to identify them. If they become filled, your pet will become uncomfortable and they will need to be expressed. If left untreated, they can become infected and cause a severe issue.

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

As not all dogs experience issues with their anal glands, it is not recommended to express their glands if they don’t need it. If your pet is one who requires this procedure on a regular basis, it can be completed at home or at our hospital.

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

When a dog scoots on the carpet, it doesn’t necessarily mean their glands are impacted. Although this is a common behaviour for dogs with impacted glands, there can be many other reasons for scooting, such as allergies or parasites.

COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 705-789-7979. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. Alternatively, you can order from our online store at http://www.myvetstore.ca/muskokavet

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

Your dedicated team at Muskoka Animal Hospital