The cost of veterinary care is relatively low for dogs and cats whose
never become infected or abscessed. Their expenses are typically relegated to frequent expression alone — usually under $50.
Dog Anal Glands: How To Express Them At Home
Cost to Express Dog Glands 2022
Groomers have tools. Their equipment includes lubricants, gauze pads, gloves, and forceps designed for this purpose. If you use household items, they might not be the right size or shape for safe gland expression or comfortable for your dog. If you use too much pressure, you could rupture a sac, which isn’t good. A groomer will do it more carefully and gently than you can on your own.
Many dogs go through life never needing any attention to the anal sacs, so these regular attempts at emptying what is probably a perfectly normal structure may be counterproductive. The sac is naturally emptied by the stretching of the tissues when the dog is passing a normal bowel motion. Any foods which result in very soft motions or any prolonged period of diarrhea, by reducing this normal emptying of the sac, may predispose it to infections.
It’s important to remember that sometimes the problem is not with the anal glands themselves, but with the rectum or intestines. If your dog has a history of anal gland problems, you should see a veterinarian for a complete physical examination, including a rectal exam. If your dog has a painful tummy, diarrhea, or constipation, this may indicate an underlying problem in the digestive system which needs to be addressed before any problems with the anal glands can be fixed.
Some breeders encourage owners of new puppies to regularly empty the anal glands by pinching the tissues underneath the tail between the thumb and forefinger. If done too roughly or too often such a procedure may encourage inflammation of the glands. To empty the gland, the veterinarian gently inserts a gloved and lubricated finger into the anus, everts the opening of the sac, and then gently expresses the contents.
Have your dog stand in front of you with their butt towards you. Lift the tail upwards and squeeze the area on either side of the anal opening with your thumb and index finger. You should see liquid slowly leaking from the opening. Ensure you wipe your dog clean and dispose of your gloves afterward.