Scooting is the term used for when a dog drags its bottom along the ground, grass or carpet. We’ve all seen our dogs do it and although it looks funny, there can be a more sinister reason behind the action.
If your dog is scooting it often means they are experiencing a form of irritation which they are trying to itch away.
There are several reasons that could be causing your dog to feel uncomfortable, here are the most common:
Inflammation of the anal area is one common reason. Located inside the anus, anal sacs can become inflamed and blocked, causing distress. Scooting can be one sign of anal sac irritation; if your dog is chewing or licking the area or the area looks swollen, contact your vet immediately.
Dreaded by every pet owner, tape worms can cause anguish for your pooch. Caused by swallowing worm infested fleas, your dog may start scooting to try and release the tape worm.
They are easily treatable with medication and it is important you treat any fleas that may be harbouring in your pet.
Since dogs do much of their communication through sniffing each other’s anal area, contamination is common. Diarrhoea is also a common cause of contamination and, if the anus has not become infected, is easily treatable.
Trim away your dog’s dirty hair and wash the area with warm water, ensuring the anus is completely clean. This should get rid of any contamination, relieving your dog’s distress and ending their scooting.
It is much less common but rectal prolapse can be another reason as to why your dog is scooting. It may happen after severe diarrhoea or constipation, causing your dog extreme pain. If you see any unusual lumps in the anal area, book an appointment with the vet immediately.
If your dog has been scooting then be sure to check the anal area for any of these signs or conditions and ask your vet for advice.