noticed the other day, Ella, my 7 month old jack/ wire mix started dragging her butt a tiny bit. I took her out and she pooped. Tonight she pooped and a couple hours later she dragged, so I brought back her out, and all she wanted to do was jump around in the snow. She had a wormer a month ago. what does the butt dragging mean? She also chases her tail a lot. Ella's mom
Hi, i think what your dogs is doing is something called 'scooting'. According to a doggy handbook we have at home, it indicates 'anal sac impaction', so there could be a bit of uncomfortable blockage there. The book says to take the dog to the vet for relief. But i think the tail chasing is normal! :)
It usually is the sign of the anal glands needed to be expressed. It's not very pleasant, but a lot of pets need this done every six to 8 weeks. If you notice a strong odor from your pet, that will be the sign of a visit to your vet.
Went to the vet. It has nothing to do with her going poop, except that it can clog the scent gland holes which are on the outside of the anus. If it keeps happening she will have to have surgery. The surgery is not as dangerous as it once was. Now they use a dental filler to fill the holes to bloat them, so they know exactly where to operate. It used to be a touch and go operation, where vets would have to more or less dig inside to find them. I guess they are dificult to locate durng surgery. At any rate, as smelly as it was, it wasn't that bad. Being a mom to human kids can be much more disgusting. Ella's mom
I believe most small dogs have these glands on their butt. I wouldn't think that surgery would be necessary, unless it is secreting a fluid that has a horrible odor. My groomer "pops" my dogs glands and it takes care of the problem.
There are usually two reasons that dogs scoot their butts 1. they have some cling on material left hanging on their bums and are trying to get rid of it 2. Their anal sacs are full. All cats and dogs have these.I express glands everyday and I have come to this conclusion.The more you express them the more you need to do them. Some dogs find that they actually leak a little at a time on a daily basis. I have two dogs and although I watch for symptoms like scooting, they have never had their glands expressed and they have never scooted. I had one dog that did have this surgery and worked very well.Only express the glands if you have to. Another reason I didn't mention is when female dogs scoot some actually are rubbing their Vulva's (scratching) they usually will have alot of folding skin ( Flabby skin) in this area, so obese pets may suffer the most.(contact dermatitis/folding skin touching/skin allergies) I also notice that dogs on poor quality food have the most problems.
Lena, my chocolate lab is just over 6 months old and has not done any "scooting" until today after I bathed her. Why would this start now, I haven't seen any worms, should I change her food? I'm worried about my little girl. I don't want her to be uncomfortable.
you want to make sure if she has the analglands removed that your vet is experienced in doing the surgery. the main complication from having the surgery is permanent incontinence ( the ability to control bowel movements ). one vet i worked for did the surgery on a beagle one time. though the dog did not suffer any permanent incontinence, for the first 2 weeks after the surgery every time he barked poop shot out his butt. of course when his owner told us we couldn't help but laugh our butts off. luckily the woman had a sense of humor and waited patiently for it to resolve itself. we all know how much beagles can bark!!!!!
butt dragging If you have wormed properly, per directions, please check your pets anal glands. As these may need to be emptied. With proper procedure, you may empty these two small sacs yourself, one the sides of the anus or your vet, for a small fee, will do the procedure, approximately $5.00-$10.00.