We are open for business to see emergencies and to dispense and deliver medication. However, due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we are making some changes and taking addtional steps to ensure that we can continue to stay open for emergencies and delivery of medication for as long as it is safe to do so. Therefore, for the time being , we are closed on Saturdays and will not be seeing any non-emergency patients in the practice at any time. However, please book a video or telephone consultation and if, following this, we think your pet needs to be examined urgently, we will make arrangements to see them in the practice or deliver medications to you. Please see here for the information emails sent to our clients about this situation and do call if you have any queries.
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.