(Closed) My Adopted Dog Just Horrified ME!

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I really don’t think this has anything to do with you not having a “connection” with your dog the way you do with your other dog.  Dogs sometimes do that butt scooting thing if they have a blocked anal gland (sounds gross.. and it kind of is!).  When it gets blocked, it causes discomfort and scooting on the carpet actually helps relieve the uncomfortable feeling.  If he keeps scooting on the carpet like that you might want to take him to the vet (or a groomer) and have them “express” his anal glands (definitely worth paying someone else to do this!!).  That usually solves the problem.  But if it’s only a one-time incident I wouldn’t worry too much.  You could always have a box of baby wipes near the door and help “clean him up” a little when he comes inside so he doesn’t have to use your carpet as tp.  I grew up around dogs and this is not an uncommon thing for them to do (even well trained dogs). 

Post # 5
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am glad that someone else brought up the anal glands things. That’s what I was going to say.

Post # 6
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Dogs scooting like that can actually be an indication of illness or a parasitic infections (intestinal worms, etc), NOT just disobedience. Also, their anal glands can become overly full and uncomfortable. Do you ever have the glands squeezed and emptied at a groomer, for example? If the dog scoots again, I would take it to the vet for stool tests. It might just have a parasite that is itching/very uncomfortable. Not the dog’s fault!

Post # 7
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

my husband said that usually means he has worms if he’s wiping his tush like that.

Post # 9
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

HAHA my dog scoots all the time too! Sometimes the glads are full and the vet said sometimes its just alergies.

Post # 11
2857 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

I don’t think it’s him being bad. It’s probably a physical issue.

It’s a common misconception that scooting = worms or parasites, but it’s usually the anal glands. They probably need to be expressed. You can take him to a groomer and they can do it very easily. We do our dog’s ourselves but I wouldn’t recommend it. It is GROSS.


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