Butt Scooting - Don't Ignore it.....

Ah, the dreaded butt-drag. Most pet owner has experienced it. But what does it mean? Why are they doing it? Don’t ignore it! If your dog is scooting, there is a likely reason. 

Here are the most common causes:

Anal sacs – All dogs and cat have little sacs right inside the rectum, located at 4 & 8 o'clock in position which contain a stinky fluid. Normally this fluid is expressed by your pet when they have a bowel movement. Sometimes the glands can become clogged or infected, which results in a very irritating pressure that can be painful. You can help avoid this by bringing your pet in for grooming, which can include anal gland expression, or book an appointment with one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians. Once expressed your pet will feel relief !

Irritation – Anything irritating such as debris stuck (poop, leaves, matting) in the hair around the bum or inflammation secondary to diarrhea can result in your pet dragging or licking at its bottom excessively. If your pet is scooting take a close look back there... is the skin red like diaper rash? That is painful and your pet should be seen as soon as possible.

Parasites – Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms can cause irritation around the rectum, resulting in scooting.

Allergies – Allergies, in particular food allergies, can cause an itchy bum as well as other areas like ears and feet. Give us a call if you suspect this may be the case for your pet.

Fleas – Fleas can usually be found around the back half of the animal, which can sometimes result in a pet scooting. Fleas can also carry tapeworms, another culprit! Your pet should receive a dewormer to get rid of the tapeworm.

So next time you catch your pet dragging its rear end on your white rug, don’t yell at him or her- Make an appointment at Animal Hospital of Cambridge to get it looked at! Your dog or cat is trying to tell you something!

If you need a same day appointment call us at 519-624-9760