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The Butt Scootin’ Boogie

A Black & White Photo of a Dog Sitting Down Indoors

March 1, 2022

Ah, the dreaded butt-drag.

Every pet owner has experienced it. But what does it mean? Don’t ignore it!

If your dog is carpet surfing, there is a reason. and here are the most common causes:

  • Anal sacs: All dogs and cat have little sacs right inside the rectum that contain a stinky fluid. Normally this fluid is expressed when your pet has a bowel movement. Sometimes the glands can become clogged or infected, however, resulting in a very irritating pressure that can be painful. You can help avoid this by bringing your pet in for grooming, which can include anal gland expression.

  • Parasites: Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms can cause irritation around the rectum, which results in scooting.

  • Allergies: Allergies, in particular food allergies, can cause an itchy behind. 

    Give us a call if you suspect this may be the case for your pet.

  • Irritation: Anything irritating such as debris stuck in the hair around the rectum or inflammation secondary to diarrhea can result in your pet dragging or licking at its bottom excessively.

  • Fleas: Fleas love to hang out around the back half of the animal, which can sometimes result in scooting. Fleas can also carry tapeworms, another culprit!

So next time you catch your pet dragging its rear end on your white rug, don’t yell at him or her. Make an appointment to get it checked out! Your dog or cat is trying to tell you something and needs your help to find a solution.