Archive for October 6th, 2009

Why is my dog scooting on her rear?

October 6, 2009

A little follow-up informational topic related to the post on October 3, 2009, by our guest contributor, Dr. ButtMaster.



The most likely reason your dog is scooting on the floor is due to irritation to their rectum or tail base. There are numerous causative irritants that could be present. The most likely is pain and inflammation from the dog’s anal glands. Other possibilities may be flea bite reactions, intestinal parasites, or feeding ticks, just to name a few. If you’re wondering what anal glands are, you are not alone. Although anal gland sacculitis is not uncommon in the dog world, many owners are initially surprised and unaware of this painful condition. Each dog has a pair of anal glands located in the 4 and 8 o’clock position relative to the rectum. The glands produce a fluid that is passively expressed when the dog has a bowel movement. It is believed that the fluid, which has a strong odor, is a means of scent marking. Inflammatory conditions from food allergies, flea bite reactions, or bacterial infections can result in an increase in the gland’s fluid production. When the gland’s fluid production is increased or the opening to the gland is blocked, the glands become overly full and painful. As a result the dog may strain or scoot on their rear end in an attempt to relieve the pain. After your dog has been examined, and anal gland sacculitis has been diagnosed, your veterinarian will advise a plan to treat this condition.

Disclaimer: This section is provided for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for regular veterinary care through a licensed veterinarian, including regular office visits.