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.

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Dog Anal Gland Expression

Normally, dogs express their anal glands naturally when they have a bowel movement but sometimes they may get full and difficult to express naturally for a number of reasons. Your veterinarian can examine your dog to determine if your pet is having issues expressing their anal glands and offer advice on how to prevent it from re-occurring.

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

If your pet’s anal gland is not bothering them, it is best to leave them to express naturally during a bowel movement. If your vet recommends regular expressing of your pet’s anal glands and there are no serious issues, and you not squeamish at the thought, one of our lovely technicians would be happy to teach you!

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

Dogs can “scoot” their bums for a number of reasons such as full anal glands, intestinal parasites, skin irritations or irritations to their vulva in the case of female dogs. Your veterinarian will be able to examine your dog and determine the cause of the scooting and help your pet feel better.

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Last updated: July 9, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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. OPERATING HOURS ARE BACK TO NORMAL

Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic