Scooting in dogs
- Scooting is the word we use to describe a dog sitting down and dragging their bottom along the ground.
- Scooting indicates that something is irritating, itchy or painful such as worms, anal gland problems, itchy skin or something stuck around the bottom.
- Unless the problem is obvious and simple to fix at home, book an appointment with your vet if you notice your dog scooting.
When to contact your vet
Check under your dog’s tail and around their bottom for anything obviously wrong. If something is stuck, you could try to gently remove it by bathing. If it doesn’t come off easily/your dog seems to be in pain/you see a swelling or anything else, contact your vet for advice.
Published: June 2020
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