As a pet owner, sometimes the things that our pet’s do can be pretty embarrassing. And embarrassing topics can sometimes be difficult to broach with professionals, even when they’re about our beloved pets.
Here at Leesville Animal Hospital we encourage pet owners to take a front seat to their pet’s health and that means not being embarrassed to ask even the most embarrassing questions.
Today we’re going to take a quick look at one of the most common – but embarrassing questions – many of our clients encounter.
Why is My Dog Rubbing His Bottom on the Floor?
There are always multiple possibilities for any symptom that our pet’s present with, but for “butt scooting” the most common cause is anal glands.
Anal glands secrete a fatty oily substance that allow dog’s to smell each other and determine a number of factors. Think of this secretion as a scented business card for your dog. These glands naturally secrete this oily substance when your dog defecates; however occasionally these glands can become blocked, inflamed or abscessed.
In many small dogs, anal glands can frequently become an issue. Additionally, dogs that do not have solid regular bowel movements may also experience difficulty with their anal glands as well. Once a dog has exhibited difficulty with anal gland inflammation, blockage and abscessing, they may need regular anal gland expression to prevent future occurrences of the issue.
So where does the”butt scooting” come from? Inflammation, blockage or abscessing of the anal glands cause itching, pain and discomfort and dragging their rear ends on the floor help to relieve some of their discomfort.
Other potential causes for “butt dragging” in dogs include: parasite or worm infection, allergies, rectal prolapse, other wounds or tumors.
The only way to know for sure why your dog is dragging their bottom along the floor is to visit your veterinarian. Your vet will perform a visual examination, feel the area affected and perform a fecal smear to observe any parasites. It is always important to have your dog seen by a veterinarian when they exhibit this type of symptom because it can become progressively worse.