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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 09-18-2007, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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BUTT-DRAGGING

Sorry for the inelegant title . I have noticed Biscuit dragging his rear along the kitchen floor twice this morning. I've never seen this before! My husband just told me he saw him do it outside a few wks. ago.

He seems fine in every respect: good appetite, normal stools, and his derriere looks perfect. Is he just scratching an itch?----or???
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The only time Gucci has done this is when she has poop on her fur. Yikes. And yep, she did do it on the carpet once after my husband took her out and didn't check her (like I always do )

I'm assuming its not that, so maybe an itch or constipation?? Did you come up with anything on google? I suppose if it was worms there would be other symptoms.

Maybe its just itchy down there?

And by the way........the "title" really grabbed my attention because my BUTT IS DRAGGING big time today. lol

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Anal Glands. I'm sure someone can explain this better than me but he may just need his anal glands cleaned out. Yukky job, your vet or groomer can do it for you.

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Yes, if you don't see something stuck to his rear, I suspect it is the anal sacs that need emptying. If you don't know how to do it (or don't want to, which is totally understandable), you probably want to have a vet or groomer do it soon. A ruptured or impacted anal sac is not pretty - and it scars.
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Yes, I have read about the anal glands. Maybe it was just a one-time thing, (he's feeling like Kara today, lol) but if it continues I will def. take him for an anal gland check and a stool sample.



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He might need his glands expressed by the vet. That happens often in many dogs, and although some vets say it has to be done regularly, my friends only had it done once and never needed to go back. Check with your vet!

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Hi Amy, In addition to the anal glands I heard it could also be a sign of worms... but you would probably notice something not quite right with his stool.

for the anal glands (jasper has this problem) my vet recommended a high fiber diet to enlarge his waste. Jassy was scooting a while back and I fed him a couple of meals of royal canin poodle which has whopping 5 grams of fiber and he seems to have stopped scooting. The funny thing is he won't touch the stuff usually. think they can smell instictively what it is they need?




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Missy,

I think you are right and they can "smell" what they need. I wonder if that is the problem I had all along? Intersting theory.

Amy, I wouldn't worry about it unless he starts doing it often. Perhaps he just had a "scent" there he was trying to get off. lol I have to give Gucci Butt baths immediately if she has any poop on her fur, otherwise....she will smudge it all over.

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Amy, since Biscuit is so light in color, can you lift his tail and look at his anus? If you see some dark shadows on either side just a bit lower than his anus, you probably don't want to wait to get it taken care of. Sometimes they can get impacted just because the dog didn't drink enough water to keep the secretions flowing with the bowel movements.

Here is a picture of where to look. I've never seen an enlarged anal gland like the one on the left, but the one on the right happens very fast. (The brief info is here.)

I saw a dog scootch on the ground one time in the morning after our potty walk and by afternoon, a small rupture had begun. Granted, I probably missed some of the other scootching, but I was amazed at how fast it all happened. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about anal sacs that day.
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Kimberly, thanks for the picture, a great reference. I thought they were inside? no?




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