Your Pet Question:
How do I stop my dog from “bum scooting”?
The Expert Says:
A dog “scooting” its backside across the carpet is never a welcome site for a pet owner! This is a pretty common concern at the vet clinic and is usually due to some sort of discomfort around the anal area. Typically the dog is simply seeking relief when he or she “scoots”. It could be an itchy sensation caused by intestinal parasites or food allergies so regular de-worming or a diet change may be the solution. Or it could an anal gland that is too full. Anal glands that don’t express normally can be very uncomfortable and can become infected. If the “scooting” is accompanied by licking or chewing at the anal area I would recommend a visit to your pet’s vet. Often a dog will lick or chew at the infected or impacted anal gland until it ruptures through the skin. If that happens your veterinarian will be able to help your dog heal with antibiotics and pain relief. Some dogs benefit from having their anal glands expressed by their veterinarian and very rarely, a troublesome gland will need to be surgically treated to resolve the problem.
Dr Leeanne Bargen, DVM, practices at Pet Vet Clinic in Steinbach, Manitoba.