How to Express Anal Glands

How to Express Anal Glands

If your dog suddenly takes scooting along the carpet to wipe her butt, you may be in for a real treat — the dubious pleasure of expressing your best friend’s anal sacs. Lots of licking or chewing of his rear or tail is another sign that it’s time to get rid of fluid build-up.

Anal sacs, or anal glands, carry some smelly fluid and occasionally need to be expressed, or emptied. Many dogs express them by themselves every time they poop — the sacs are around a dog’s anus — but occasionally the sacs fill with fluid and your dog needs some help to release the fluid.
If you’re not 110% sure you want to take on the task of expressing your dog’s anal glands, don’t hesitate to turn the nasty job over to trained staff at your veterinary office. The cost is minimal, especially compared to the damage you could cause (and the smell you’ll be exposed to).

In this video I explain how I express the Anal Glands.

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  1. for all the haters, as a groomer myself i don’t use gloves (and neither does anyone at my job) to express glands because it’s harder to get a good pinch, and when you do it as many times as us you aren’t afraid to use your hands anyway.

  2. Anal glands should NEVER be done externally!! Externally causes the anal gland to abscess. Get your dog’s anal glands done ONLY when absolutely necessary and by a VETERINARIAN ONLY! If you take your dog to a groomer and he’s licking his glands or abscessing 3 weeks later, it’s because they’re doing what you see in this video!

  3. iv just done my dogs anal glads…….she was scrapping her bum on the floor and when i asked about i was tols it may be anal glands and i did it external after watching videos she is a 1year old shitzu and jesus christ the stuff that game out and im so glad i did it outside cos the smell was horrendous but she seemed instantly relieved….i didnt wven know anal gland expressing was a thing

  4. If i didn’t have a choice id do it myself. But i take my baby to petsmart. Its $25. My thing is i dont want to hurt her. The pus that comes out doesn’t bother me, i was a patient care tech for 7yrs and saw some horrific things on people, so that is nothing. But i would use gloves though.

  5. I dont use gloves either, no need. You can wash it off with sterile stuff, most times you dont get stuff on you. Everyone, when you work with dogs everyday, you get used to the gross stuff and doing it is not the worst thing you deal with. I recently had a dog in who had an abcess from a small splinter in his BALLS. When cleaning it out the stuff that came out was disgusting! Or the time I had a lactating female get an mammary infection which had to be squeezed out. Its ok, it wont hurt you!

  6. Everyone complaining about her not using gloves needs to shut up! Using gloves can make it harder for you to express the glands, also have you ever heard of soap?? Y’all need to calm down!

  7. What is wrong with everyone here.. don’t u know how to wash ur hands ? Just like getting ecoli or salmonella.. wash ur hands.. do u wear gloves when u wipe urself or change a baby’s diaper ? Don’t put ur hands in ur mouth !! Hand washing is a good thing !! Learn how to do that, instead of making comments about this woman’s videos !!

  8. It’s $10 at the groomers because I am not doing this. But I love my baby enough to pay for her care. $10 worth it. Should I get this done to my dog once a month though or when because I just got my dog.

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