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Why do dogs scoot their butt on the floor?


Why do dogs scoot their butt on the floor?

Dr. Wahla from Prestige Animal Hospital discusses why pets "butt scoot" and why that can often times warrant a trip to your veterinarian.

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Scooting the bum .... can truly be some medical issues such as tapeworms or some other parasite that's causing irritation.

Video Transcript:

I am Dr. Wahla with Prestige Animal Hospital in Fontana, California. I'm here with Anna. She has a question that I'm going to try to answer to the best of my ability.

 

What do we do when we see our pets scooting their butt across the floor?

 

Scooting the butt, the butt, across the floor. A lot of times you'll see your pet scooting butt across the carpet, not such a good thing. Anal glands is probably a top reason. They have two glands, at the four and eight o'clock position on the rectum. A lot of times they're able to express these glands, but sometimes they're not.

 

When they're scooting their butt across the floor, it's not this cute, funny thing that you want to YouTube video. You probably want to get the cleaner and start cleaning your carpet because it's probably the most disgusting thing you're going to smell. But aside from that, it can truly be some medical issues such as tapeworms or some other parasite that's causing irritation of the rectal area.

 

Definitely, number one, bring your pet in. Let's get those anal glands checked and expressed. If it's still not better, then we can go ahead and do a further workup and go from there.

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