Glandex® Glossary - Anal Gland Expression

Anal Gland Expression

A procedure performed by a qualified professional (veterinarian, vet tech, or groomer) of emptying the contents of the anal glands by expressing the material out manually. The procedure can either be “internal” or “external”. With internal anal gland expression, the finger is inserted rectally and pressure is applied both internally and externally using the index finger and thumb. With the external method, pressure is applied only externally, usually by squeezing on either side of the anus just outside the anal glands.