When your dog scoots his little, or big, behind on the floor it is a sign that something is going on ‘back there’.
Sometimes it looks funny and sometimes it happens at the wrong time, but when you dog scoots his but on the carpet or grass it is time to take notice. There may be several reasons why a dog scoots his butt. A dog usually will do the scooting to alleviate an itch by scratching where they can not reach. One of the most common reasons for this is an impacted or infected anal gland.
These glands are located in sacks on each side of the dog’s anus. When a dog poops, the sacks release a liquid/scent. It is thought that the reason for this is for ‘marking a dog’s territory’. But at times, these sacks can be clogged. That will cause the fluid to get paste like and become very uncomfortable for the dog. We should note that there are other reasons for scooting. The dog might have an intestinal parasite, a rectal prolapse, allergies or an injury.
If the dog only scoots once in a while, there is usually nothing to worry about. But if the scooting happens several times a day for a few days in a row, it is time to see a Vet. A Vet can determine the cause for the scooting and any recommended treatment. It might be as easy as just cleaning out the glands.
If your dog has occasional issues with their glands there are things you can do.
One of the simplest ways to help prevent scooting is to add fiber to your dog’s diet. A teaspoon of canned pumpkin mix should do the job. There are also supplements you can purchase to add to you dog’s diet.
Finally, if you dog has chronic gland issues you might have to see your Vet on a regular occasions. Your Vet can clear the glands manually or show you how (some people don’t have the stomach for this). Also, find a groomer who will clear the glands while bathing your dog.Attribution:Jackie Brown