The most common reason dogs drag their bottom is inflamed anal gland.
Anal glands are sacs located just below a dog’s tail that collect a fluid from the animal’s body.
Historically, the excretion of bulky feces pressed against the anal sac during defecation and resulted in a natural squeezing out of the waste liquid during elimination.
However with more complete absorption of modern pet foods and correspondingly smaller stools, the anal sac is often not pressed during bowel movements and so periodically needs assistance from humans to “express” or squeeze the over-full sac to remove this fluid. This is an especially putrid liquid so we recommend leaving this task to the groomer, or in severe cases, to your veterinarian. We do provide anal gland expression for free with our Mobile Dog Grooming Services.
Other less common reasons are ringworm, fleas or food allergies that causes itchiness.
Do look out for bleeding, swelling or lump at the anus area as well if your dog start scooting as it may indicate sometime more serious that require immediate attention.
Annual check-up with the vet is a good way to keep them safe and healthy. Early recognition of problem can save your pets life, let’s prevent it rather than cure it!
By Sylvester (The Precious Pets Care Services)