Scooting Dog

The causes and treatments of a dog’s scooting.


Miscellaneous: Full anal sacs or impacted anal sacs.

Infectious diseases: Anal sac abscesses.

Immune-mediated disorders: Perianal fistulas (in German Shepherd Dogs, Irish Setters).

Tumors: In anal sacs or perianal glands.

What to do: Scooting is not an emergency. Call your veterinarian during regular office hours to make an appointment.

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skiw9748   Hartford, AL

1/10/2013 7:48:14 PM

Thanks !

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

12/31/2012 5:47:58 AM

Good article, my dog scoots but it is because she needs to have her anal glands expressed. I do not even have to do it manually I just have to take her for a good run she has a bowe lmovement and the problem is corrected. I still do check just to make sure they emptied. This is just an on goingt hing with my dog and our vet has confirmed our actions as correct for our dog.

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billy   peoria, IL

4/22/2012 1:32:11 PM

is their a natural cure for these swollen glands?

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

4/21/2012 12:19:06 PM

good article, thanks

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