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What’s That Smell?

Many pet owners are stumped the first time they notice the pungent, fishy odour coming from their pet. An itchy, stinky bum could be a symptom of anal gland disease. While dogs have the most problems with their anal glands, cats can have issues too.

What are Anal Glands?
Anal glands are small sacs located on each side of a dog/cat’s rectum. Their openings are located just inside the anus and are positioned at about 8 and 4 o’clock. They create a secretion that can range from being a thin liquid to a thick paste. They are believed to be scent-marking glands that mark the stool as they defecate. This foul-scented fluid is released every time they defecate. The liquid thickens when not released, and this hardened material can impact the glands and lead to inflammation and infections. The scent is hard to miss!

Some pet owners may think it is cute or funny when their dog scoots their bottom across the floor or think they are ‘cleaning’ themselves. This behaviour may be a sign that your pet has an anal gland problem that needs vet care. If your pet cannot empty the contents of the anal glands, they will need help to express them.

Signs Your Pet Has Anal Gland Problems

  • Sitting and scooting around on the ground
  • A red and swollen anal region
  • Licking or biting at the anal region
  • Uncomfortable sitting down
  • Blood or pus in the stool
  • Blood and pus on ground, bed, or carpet where your dog was sitting
  • Whimpering, straining, or pain when defecating

Preventing Anal Gland Issues in Dogs
Different issues can cause anal gland inflammation. You’ll need to work with your veterinarian to identify the underlying condition. Sometimes, diseases like hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, and obesity can lead to issues.

Here are some steps you can take to reduce anal gland issues:

  • Add Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oils) to your dog’s diet. It can also help with skin inflammation and gland impaction.
  • Food sensitivities can also increase anal gland problems. One of our veterinarians can help you choose the right diet for your dog.
  • Add fiber to your dog’s diet. Good additions are canned pumpkin or a high fiber diet prescribed by one of our veterinarians.
  • Do you suspect your dog has an anal gland infection? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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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.

1. We are currently operating a "closed door" policy to protect our clients and staff. This means that clients will not be allowed to enter the building. When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 403-948-2733. Our staff will come to you to collect your animal for their appointment. If you do not have a phone, or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.

2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

3. At this time, appointments will only be booked when medically necessary. Any non-urgent appointment requests will be temporarily postponed. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please proceed directly to McKnight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital at 5010 – 4th Street NE, Calgary, AB and call 403-457-0911 to alert them of your arrival.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, credit cards are the preferred payment method. Debit cannot be accepted over the phone, but is available at time of pick up if ABSOLUTELY necessary. We will not be able to accept cash.

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 Airdrie Animal Health Centre