Area of concern
- Abdomen (tummy)
- Anus (bottom)
- Back (spine)
- Brain and nerves
- Female parts: vagina and uterus
- Head, face and neck
- Legs, paws and claws
- Male parts: penis, testicles and prostate
- Mammary glands (breasts)
- Mouth and Teeth
- Skin and fur
Scooting is a word used to explain the act of a cat sitting down and dragging their bottom along the ground. This is usually because of an itch or pain around their anus, caused by:
There are many different medical conditions that can cause cats to have trouble peeing but issues such as stress are also very common.
Anal gland infections/abscesses are extremely painful and can burst through the skin if they aren’t treated quickly. Contact your vet ASAP if you think your dog has an anal gland abscess.
Healthy anal glands empty naturally when a dog poos, but if this doesn’t happen, they can over fill and block. Blocked anal glands are irritating and painful, but often quick and simple to treat.
There are a few different conditions that can affect a dog's bottom. Most aren't urgent but some are an emergency. Read our advice on bottom problems in dogs