If a vet has tried to express/empty the anal glands of a dog that actually has no anal glands, what's the maximum amount of damage that could have been done? Hello -- I'm new and would really appreciate it if anyone can help me. I took my dog to the vets today for a suspected back muscle strain, and when they took her in and examined her (obviously, I couldn't go with her due to social distancing), apparently they felt for her anal glands to see if they needed emptying. Her anal glands were removed as a puppy, which it says very clearly in the notes, and I've already told one of the vets at the practice myself in person. Since my dog came out of the vets, she seems really uncomfortable around her anus. She keeps scuttling around and sitting down abruptly (she hasn't tried to lick the area, but she NEVER does that; even as a puppy when she had anal gland trouble -- which is why she had them removed -- she NEVER licked her anus). I'm very worried that the vet actually tried to express/empty her anal glands, as she seemed surprised when I told her on the phone after she'd examined my dog that she has no anal glands. Does anyone know what kind of damge this can do? I didn't ask the vet because to be honest, I didn't trust her to give me an honest and/or competent answer. I'm very concerned about my dog, and I'd be so grateful it if anyone could help me. If it's relevant, my dog is a 7-year-old female spayed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Thank you very much for reading.