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Archive for May 18th, 2012

Is your dog a “scooter?”

Friday, May 18, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dog sits on her behind and then drags her rear across the floor, she’s probably itchy. One of two things may be going on. One of the most common causes of an itchy bottom in dogs is a clogged anal gland. When your dog defecates,  her anal glands deposit secretions on the stool. These secretions help other dogs recognize who your dog is, her age and her gender. Sometimes those glands get clogged and need to be taken care of by a veterinarian. Another possible reason for bottom scooting dogs is tapeworm.  If you notice worm segments, that look like small grains of rice in your dog’s feces, bring a stool sample to your veterinarian for testing.

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