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

All dogs have a set of anal glands, they are located in the anus and positioned at 4 and 8 o’clock. These glands are normally expressed when a dog has a bowel movement. They are often compared to the scent glands skunks have, that get expressed when they are threatened.

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

For those dogs that require expression of their anal glands more frequently, many owners will opt to express their own dog’s anal glands at home in the bath. We recommend that you speak to one of our doctors or technicians to find out how to express them properly and what signs to look for in case of infection.

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

If your dog is scooting on the carpet or bothering with their hind end, it is usually a good indication that they may be having problems with their anal glands and they will need to be expressed. An appointment can be booked with one of our technicians to do this for you.

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Why does my dog’s breath smell?

Bad breath (halitosis) in a dog or cat is usually because of poor dental health.  Occasionally a dog or cat may have good teeth and still have bad breath in which case the diet is usually the cause. This is relatively rare, however, compared to the likelihood of a dental issue.

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Last updated: September 28, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective September 28th, 2020 we have made 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

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

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

5. 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.

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

Your dedicated team at West Hill Animal Clinic