WE ARE NOW OPEN FULL HOURS FOR ALL PATIENTS AND ARE INVITING PEOPLE INTO THE PRACTICE ONCE AGAIN. As of the 24th July 2020, we have been welcoming a limited number of clients into the practice. Video consults are still available for those who wish to reduce their contact with others or who are self isolating. For the safety of all people who enter the practice, we have installed perspex screens in certain areas. We are only allowing a maximum of 2 households (2 people per household max.) into the premises at any one time. Please be aware that only one person may be able to accompany a pet into the consultation room itself (the other person may need to wait in reception). We are also asking that all visitors and clients wear a mask at all times when in the practice. There are exceptions for those who may struggle with these measures and please do call if you have any concerns. Please see here for the information emails sent to our clients about this situation.
When the anal glands are very full some pets will start scooting their rear ends on the floor.
In most cases scooting is caused because your dog has not been able to empty their anal glands (also called anal sacs). These glands are two small glands present on both sides of your pet's anus. These glands produce a thick fish-smelling discharge.
Some pets will empty their glands naturally during normal defecation and walking around but for some pets it's more difficult and someone has to empty it for them as it can become impacted and very uncomfortable, potentially leading to other complications such as infection or abscesses.