Our dog has recently been seen scootching on her rear as if to scratch an itch. It was only seen doing this twice. She has a vet appt to get a shot, and I will ask about this sympton, but was hoping that someone out there would know what this means.
My concern is that we had not been giving her the flea/heartworm medicine during the winter months, but it has been unseasonably warm for the last month - 40degrees - and I wonder if she picked up a bug??
Could be a couple of things... it could be worms - most dogs with worms scoot, could be allergies - have you given her anything new to eat? It could also be impacted anal glands - in which case the vet will need to express them.
She is being fed Science Diet which is all that she has ever been fed, since we got her 2+ years ago. She was 1 year at that time. However, I just bought a new bag of food - about a week ago and bought the style for 5+ aged dogs - we also have a 6 yr old lab - thought I could feed them the same thing. Figured the makeup of the food was probably leaner and shouldn't be a problem for a 3 year old.
I'm not crazy about Science Diet... not enough meat - too much filler. You might want to try something like Natural balance, Canidae, Innova etc... My dogs are on the Natural Balance Potato and Duck formula - and do very well..
Does your dog seem to have a hard time expressing his bowels?
No, doesn't seem to have a problem with the bowels - but I haven't really been watching. We let them outside but don't follow them. I will be watching for this. My daughter now tells me that she has seen this scootching behavior for some time. I think that the first thing I will do is get her groomed and have the anal sacs expressed. See if this helps any.
Be sure to take a stool sample along to the vet to have it checked. that should be part of the physical anyway.
food allergies do not always show up immediately. Sometimes they build up over a period of time. Who ever said they don't like SD is right. It is not decent food. The vets sell it because they get a nice kick back on it.