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Scooting Dog

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogscootYou’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. In rare cases, it could be caused by the dog food that you are feeding him. 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.

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Helping Your Overweight Dog With A Diet.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

overweightdogSo after procrastinating, you’ve finally decided to put your overweight dog on a diet. Good for you! You are going to prolong his life and restore his health. Then your dog looks up a you with those big brown eyes and begs “please just one little dog treat.” According to one of the veterinarians at Tuft University, now is the time to take action. She suggests that you should look to distract him and reward him with something else other than food. Maybe take him outside for a little extra exercise. Give him a new dog toy. If you are not able to take your dog out at the moment, try giving him a healthy  dog treat. Non starchy vegetables such as celery or carrots are good options but it’s OK reward him only once in a while with beef or chicken treats.

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