Is Your Pooch Prone to Scooting?

Dog sittingAnal gland problems are more common in small and medium-sized dogs, but large breeds and cats can develop issues as well.

The classic symptom of an inflammation or infection of anal sacs in dogs is ‘scooting.’

A dog will sit and drag or scoot his rear across the ground (grass and carpet are favorite surfaces) in an effort to alleviate the itching and irritation caused by an inflamed, infected or impacted anal gland.

Scooting can signal another problem like a perianal tumor, parasites or irritation caused by diarrhea, but most often the reason is an anal gland problem.

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