Post # 1
Ok fellow bees here we go…
Our dog has been scooting (dragging a$$) across the floor for 3 weeks now.
Last time he did this we took him to a groomer to have his glands emptied and that still didn’t help so we ended up at the vet. She told us that he has an allergy to something (cat food) and that it was just showing up that way along with the licking of his paws. So we moved the cat food and he was put on Benadryl for a couple weeks to help him clear things up. It worked!
Well now that he is doing it again we have put him back on the benadryl and verified that he isn’t sneaking cat food again…he’s not. He has broken open his glands twice now (stinky!!!) and he continues to drag. He has done this so much he is making his little tush raw and we don’t know what to do while we wait 3 more days till the vet can see him.
Post # 3
Scooting butt across the floor is one of three things.
1. Anal glands need expressed.
3. Dog just has an itch.
(If the dog keeps doing it though, it’s more than “just an itch” and should be checked out by a vet. If your vet won’t see him for 3 days, find one that will do it sooner.)
Post # 4
It sounds like it could be worms … when was he last de-wormed? Unfortunately, to do a decent de-worming job you will need to get the dewormer from the vet, so it won’t help you in the short term.
Post # 5
What are you feeding him? His stools might be too lose and the glands keep getting clogged. Also, he could have an allergy to something in the food. I’m a believer that most ‘basic’ dog issues (non-emergency/viral) can be cured with a look at the food. Try to cut out grain/wheat/corn if you haven’t already as they are the most obvious items dogs are allergic to.
Post # 6
Have you had his stools checked recently? Usually worms could cause this.
I wouldn’t rule out allergies either, what are you feeding him? You can try Taste of the Wild fish formula, its pretty good for dogs with allergies as it does not contain a lot of the common allergens. It would be a good starting point to try to narrow down if its allergy related.
Post # 7
have you also definitely ruled out fleas? even with regular flea prevention (esp if using a crappy otc product) it’s still possible and generally the number one thing to rule out (thats the first thing i look for during an exam, anyway). anal glands are a close second- if he’s having recurring issues so close together maybe they are infected. i wouldnt really be worried about worms unless he’s recently had fleas- they cause tapeworms which are really the only kind we see pets scooting from. until you get to the vet just keep him on the benadryl if it’s still helping.