Does Your Dog Scoot His Bottom on The Floor?

Dogs will scoot their bottoms along the floor or ground for many reasons. Most of the time it is a problem with his anal glands. A dogs anal glands will get impacted and this will cause the dog great discomfort and he gland must be cleaned.


Is your dog having a problem and he is scooting his bottom on the floor?  Your dog can scoot his bottom because it itches or they could be another reason.

Many people think it is funny when a dog scoots his bottom along the floor but it is not funny to the dog as he is in terrible discomfort and sometimes even pain.   When a dog scoots his bottom on the floor he can get a bacterial infection in the area of his bottom.

The dog might scoot because he has anal sac problems such as the anal glands may be impacted or the anal sac may be infected.  He could also have abscesses in the anal area.  Anal glands that are impacted are the most common cause of a dog scooting his bottom.  If a dog is always licking his bottom it is a sign of anal sac impaction.  There will also be a strong, foul smelling odor coming out of your dog’s rear end.  Impacted anal glands may be caused by constipation or infrequent bowel movements.  It could also be soft stools that are not hard enough to empty out the anal sac while going to the bathroom.  If your dogs anal sacs are impacted they will need to be cleaned.  You can take him to the veterinarian for this.

Your dog can also get perianal fistulas which are chronic and progressive lesions that occur around the anus and they will open and drain.  Dogs with tails that set low and are carried close to the body are prone to the problem.  This is because air does not circulate under the tail.  This makes it a perfect place for bacteria to multiply.

One symptom of perianal fistulas is scooting their bottom across the floor along with licking and chewing.  If your dog is constipated or has diarrhea it can cause perianal fistulas.  When a dog has perianal fistulas there may be bleeding an ulcers present and the dog will have a terrible smell coming from his bottom.

Another cause of scooting is flea bites.  Fleas sometimes live near the base of the dog’s tail and they do this because it is an area that is difficult for the dog to bite and chew.  Flea bites cause extreme itching especially if your dog is suffering from flea allergy dermatitis.  The dog may scoot to scratch his itchy bottom.

Your dog may scoot because he has tapeworms.  The worm segments will cause itching and irritation when they exit to the dog’s hair.

Your dog might scoot because he has food allergies.  One symptom of food allergies is intense itching especially at the rear end.  This will cause the dog to scoot along the floor to scratch his bottom.  Dogs with food allergies also develop small red bumps on their ears, feet, belly and the backs of their legs.  If you think your dog is allergic to his food you need to identify the food that is causing the allergic reactions.

It is not healthy for your dog to scoot his bottom and you need to determine the cause as soon as possible.

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  1. jennifer eiffel01

    On July 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Good article. When I had a dog, she did this once in awhile. But it was not a big problem

  2. norlaw

    On July 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks pattiann for reading and commenting on my article. It was in there 4 times and I fixed it. I do not know why sometimes my articles go in 3 or 4 times and I only enter them once.
    Thanks again.

  3. momofplenty

    On July 22, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Great artcile…

  4. Rarity HIll

    On July 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I have seen dogs doing that. I didn’t think it was serious. Thanks to this article, now I am enlightened.

  5. norlaw

    On July 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks to all of you for reading my article and commenting on it.

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