The Causes Of Butt Scooting

The Causes Of Butt Scooting

Contrary to popular belief, worms are not the only cause of butt scooting. Some of the other common causes include:

Anal Gland Impaction or Infection - This is the most frequent cause of butt scooting, especially in smaller dogs. A fishy odor may also be present.

Intestinal Parasites - Such as tape worms, which can lead to itching around the anus and small tapeworm segments in the fur. Other symptoms include an increased appetite, weight loss, diarrhea and poor coat quality.

Irritated Skin - The skin around the anus may become inflamed due to recent diarrhea, food allergies or trauma. This can lead to itching and rubbing the area on the ground.

Faecal Soiling or Clumping - A common problem in long-haired breeds such as Rough Collies and Afghan Hounds, where wet or sticky stool may stick to the fur and cause discomfort.

How to Help Your Dog

To help your dog, start by examining the skin around the anus and check for any swelling, redness or parasites. Trim the fur if it is long, especially during a bath, to help visualize the area and prevent faecal clumping or mats.

 

The Causes Of Butt Scooting

It is important to keep your dog up to date with a good quality wormer and to visit the vet if you suspect an anal gland, digestive, or skin issue. Your vet can empty the glands, provide medicine for infection, and perform a rectal exam to rule out any growths or abnormalities.

Preventing Butt Scooting

To prevent butt scooting, it is crucial to provide your dog with a highly digestible diet, which is made with easy to digest ingredients such as salmon, sweet potato and parsley.

Additionally, offering a dietary supplement like Bionic Biotic, packed with prebiotics and fish oils, can help support your dog's gut health. Check your dog's anal glands regularly and bring them in at the first scoot to prevent impaction.

At Dogurts, we care about the well-being of your furry friend and are here to provide you with all the information and support you need.