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what to do about butt scooting

Discussion in 'Dogs - all breeds / types' started by honeybears, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. honeybears

    honeybears New Member

    Is this a sign of worms and what should I do, Jake has been doing this for a few days now
  2. Sara

    Sara New Member

    I know in horses, butt scratching is a sign of worms and have heard it in dogs as well. BUT I've also heard it can be a sign of clogged anal glands (ew)
  3. DeLaUK

    DeLaUK New Member

    Agree with Sara, it can be a sign of either...although sometimes they just have an itchy butt and need to scratch it....so they do this a couple of times but depending on what theyve scratched it on initially they can cause irritation to the skin which makes them want to scratch more. Worth having a vet check up if it continues though.
  4. Dukesdad

    Dukesdad New Member

    If worms then a one time pill dose will clear it up. If impacted anal glands then the vet can express and treat with an antibiotic if necessary. Either way I would have your Vet take a look.
  5. Mary_NH

    Mary_NH New Member

    Molly is a butt scooter and she easily empties her anal glands on her own (the smell betrays her), but the glands should be emptying w/bowel movements.
    I've been told to add roughage to her diet...dogs are supposed to have firm stools and it's the firmness of the stool that helps their anal glands empty naturally. The oil excretes with bowel movement. If the stool is too soft the glands can't execrete on their own and it is uncomfortable for the dog hence the butt scooting.
    I put frozen organic veggies in Molly's Kong and sometimes apples (I put kibble in then the veggies or fruit and seal with lowfat cream cheese). It has helped her.
  6. Chezza

    Chezza New Member

    Yep if its not worms its definalty anal glands, they can become irritatating and itchy, and the dog just wants to pop them :shock: :shock:
    My mums dog used to do it all the time on the carpet, she scoot for ages..
  7. LucyLu

    LucyLu New Member

    Our dog Lucy used to do this and it was her anal glands. We would take her to the vet and they would express her glands and then she would be fine. You may need to add more fiber to your dog's diet if this keeps happening. Canned pumpkin (100% pure pumpkin, not pie filling) is very good for this problem. Good luck!
  8. coppersmom

    coppersmom New Member

    Yep, glands. But my Mom's pom scoots and I think he has fleas at the base of his tail.

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