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When your dog goes for a “scoot” or two

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-scootYou’re in the process of making dinner and your guests are about to arrive. Your dog comes into the kitchen and goes for a “scoot.”  She sits on her behind and drags her rear across the floor. What does this mean? It means that she’s probably itchy. One of two things may be going on.  The most common cause of itchy bottoms in dogs is clogged anal glands.  When you dog defecates, her anal glands deposit secretions on the stool.  These secretions will help other dogs recognize who your dog is, her age and her gender. Sometimes these glands get clogged and need to be treated by a veterinarian. There is another possible reason for bottom scooting. It could be tape worm. If you notice worm segments that look like long grains of rice in your dog’s feces,  bring a stool sample to your veterinarian for testing. There is some pet medication that could help. So don’t ignore that scoot.