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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-07-2018, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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I groomed Zumbaís sanitary areas the other day. I donít think I cut too short. I used scissors and i clipped the hairs between her wick and the bottom of her tail. Since then I find her scooting frequently. She has nothing stuck on her and her anus glands feel the same as before. Could it be I cut it too short? She doesnt seem to be irritated anywhere, but I know that scooting is supposed to be a signal that something is not right.
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I'd guess she must be able to feel a difference so is scooting. Or, possibly she was nicked without you being aware it happened. If i continues another day or so, I'd have a vet check her to make sure she's not got something else going on.
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This made me let out a chuckle. Cooper used to always scoot a day or two after getting groomed. It always made me laugh
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This made me let out a chuckle. Cooper used to always scoot a day or two after getting groomed. It always made me laugh
I hope that is the case here though it has been longer than a couple of days. If she is still doing it on Monday, I will call the Vet. I am such a worry wart, but this is my first baby in a very, very long time.
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My Havanese scoots more and also tries to inspects himself back there for a couple of days after heís groomed. I know it doesnít bother him, but I think heís curious because it feels different and I tend to forget and go longer between sanitary grooms than I intend.

The reason I can tell it DOESNíT bother him is because when heís scooting because of gland problems thereís much more desperation involved. My husband learned to do our dogís anal glands with a pretty conservative method and a couple of times thought he emptied them and found they were still quite full. We have found they do need to be relieved every so often, and itís obvious when they need it, but fortunately we havenít needed to do them on a scheduled basis. Sometimes heíll start scooting and before I can make an appointment or catch DH at a good time they resolve on their own with a large, healthy bowel movement. Gross. If he is scooting again within a few days of DH taking care of them I know I need to take him to have the vet do it the ďrightĒ way.

I donít have any real evidence to support this but my wild theory is that his anal glands function normally most of the time and that when he does have problems itís somehow connected to more anxiety during that particular week.
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My Havanese scoots more and also tries to inspects himself back there for a couple of days after heís groomed. I know it doesnít bother him, but I think heís curious because it feels different and I tend to forget and go longer between sanitary grooms than I intend.

The reason I can tell it DOESNíT bother him is because when heís scooting because of gland problems thereís much more desperation involved. My husband learned to do our dogís anal glands with a pretty conservative method and a couple of times thought he emptied them and found they were still quite full. We have found they do need to be relieved every so often, and itís obvious when they need it, but fortunately we havenít needed to do them on a scheduled basis. Sometimes heíll start scooting and before I can make an appointment or catch DH at a good time they resolve on their own with a large, healthy bowel movement. Gross. If he is scooting again within a few days of DH taking care of them I know I need to take him to have the vet do it the ďrightĒ way.

I donít have any real evidence to support this but my wild theory is that his anal glands function normally most of the time and that when he does have problems itís somehow connected to more anxiety during that particular week.
Thank you, EvaElizabeth! That makes sense.
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Most dogs on a healthy diet do not have recurring anal gland problems. And anal glads should NEVER be expressed on a schedule, or unless the dog is showing signs of needing it. And it should NEVER be done by a groomer, IMO.

The more you express anal glands, the more dependent they become to that, and it ends up being something that NEEDS to be done regularly for that reason. (like people who become dependent on laxatives) There are a few dogs where the position of the anal gland is not normal, and they cannot express them without help. These dogs do need to be manually expressed on a regular schedule, or they can become a real problem. But you'd know if you had a dog in this category because the vet would feel it the first time they examined the dog.
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Most dogs on a healthy diet do not have recurring anal gland problems. And anal glads should NEVER be expressed on a schedule, or unless the dog is showing signs of needing it. And it should NEVER be done by a groomer, IMO.

The more you express anal glands, the more dependent they become to that, and it ends up being something that NEEDS to be done regularly for that reason. (like people who become dependent on laxatives) There are a few dogs where the position of the anal gland is not normal, and they cannot express them without help. These dogs do need to be manually expressed on a regular schedule, or they can become a real problem. But you'd know if you had a dog in this category because the vet would feel it the first time they examined the dog.
This is along the lines of what our vet says. Our dog definitely has a sensitive stomach and when he has bouts of diarrhea or is sick itís usually accompanied by gland issues. Apparently that can happen because the stool isnít firm enough to aid in proper emptying. DH was taught how to do it and we were told not to do it on a schedule, only if he is scooting.

What I mostly meant to convey is that scooting because of an anal gland issue, at least in my own dog, is a clearly different type of scoot. It has a more desperate feeling to it and itís clear something is bothering him, even more so than an itchy butt from grooming.
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This is along the lines of what our vet says. Our dog definitely has a sensitive stomach and when he has bouts of diarrhea or is sick itís usually accompanied by gland issues. Apparently that can happen because the stool isnít firm enough to aid in proper emptying. DH was taught how to do it and we were told not to do it on a schedule, only if he is scooting.

What I mostly meant to convey is that scooting because of an anal gland issue, at least in my own dog, is a clearly different type of scoot. It has a more desperate feeling to it and itís clear something is bothering him, even more so than an itchy butt from grooming.
Oh, I wasn't suggesting you were doing anything wrong!


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Oh, I wasn't suggesting you were doing anything wrong!
I didnít think you were admonishing me or anything Your comment just made me realize I didnít want to imply that Zumba had anal gland problems or that someone should learn to empty anal glands and do it all of the time! I do remember wondering before our puppy started really scooting if thatís what he was doing, and I realized later itís pretty unmistakable. He sometimes scoots for other reasons, like itching, but when itís his anal glands itís different.
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