My Dog Drags His Butt On The Floor Why Does He Do That?

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KR- myopinions answered
Contrary to what many think that usually means your dog needs their anal glands expressed. There are glands back there that they used to mark their territory before they were domesticated and now though there is no need for them the glands are still there. When they scoot across the floor they are attempting to express them themselves. Most small dogs and many large ones need to have this done regularly as they can become impacted and infected and cause problems. Your vet can do this and most groomer's do this as well (a bath is nice to add since it usually SMELLS, lol).
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KR- myopinions answered
It's most often an attempt to express the anal glands. Most small dogs and many larger ones need this done on a regular basis or they become infected/impacted and cause problems. Your vet can do this and most groomer's do so as well and a bath is definately a bonus since it SMELLS, lol.
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Most likely to be caused by irritation from blocked anal glands. Get a veterinary nurse to show you how to empty them. Don't leave it, as the blockage can turn to an abscess and then you are looking at a big bill and a dog with a really sore behind.
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Anonymous answered
Your dog might be having anal sac disease. This condition can include
  1. Anal gland impaction
  2. Anal gland infection
  3. Anal gland abscess
  4. Anal gland tumor
Treatment of this condition depends upon cause e.g. Antibiotics for infection, surgery for tumor and expressing the anal glands in case of impaction. So, ideally, you should take your dog to vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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Anonymous answered
Dogs have an anal gland on each side of the rectum. These glands fill up with fluid. Each time the dog defecates some of the fluid comes out and "marks" the stool. This is why dogs smell each others behinds and smell each others poop. It is one way how dogs get to know each other and how they can also mark territory. Sometimes the glands do not express very well and they can get clogged up. This is sort of how you would feel if you had a blister or a boil. The only way a dog can try to get relief is if they drag their butt on the floor and try to get the glands to express themselves. This is an indication for you to bring your dog to the vet so they can express the glands and give your dog some relief.
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This is called scooting and is most commonly due to impacted anal glands or gastrointestinal worms.  The anal glands are located just inside the anus and function to scent-mark the faeces.  Many breeds of dog are prone to getting impacted anal glands.  This can be very painful and requires manual expression of the glands to resolve.  Impacted anal glands can be prevented in some dogs by increasing dietary fibre.  This increases the bulk of the faeces which allows natural expression of the glands.  

Adult dogs should be wormed every 3 months.  If your dog is not up to date you can get an all wormer from your vet or pet food store. 

If signs persist or worsen you should contact your vet.

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kaite mcl answered
I'm not positive but my dog is a healthy dog(nothing wrong with him) and he does that too because he is just wiping his butt. Its kind of gross realty and we have to use a steam cleaner when ever he does it so we don't have stains all over the carpet.
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Anonymous answered
Your might be having anal sac disease. These anal sacs contain glands which secrete a fluid. This fluid is stored in these sacs. Dogs use secretions of anal glands in marking of territories. When dogs pass their stool, these glands are expressed and secretions are emptied. Some factors can cause thickening of these secretions and dogs find difficulties to express these glands during passing stools. Infection and tumors in the anal glands are other reason of anal sac disease. These problems can cause rubbing of butt on different objects.

In my opinion, you should get your vet help in order to express these anal glands or to treat in case if infection and tumors. So, take your dog to vet.
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KR- myopinions answered
Usually a sign they need their anal glands expressed. There are glands back there that they used before they were domesticated that they no longer use. Most small dogs and even many larger ones need to have their anal glands regularly expressed by their veterinarian or most groomer's do so as well (the bath is useful since it SMELLS most of the time). It is important to have this done as they can become impacted and infected. I'd probably see my vet this time at least to be sure there isn't a problem.
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Anonymous answered
Your dog might be having problems in the anal glands. Dogs have one anal gland on each side of the anus in 7 and 5 o clock position. Dogs express these glands during passing stools. These glands secrete a fluid during defecation. Sometimes, this fluid become thick and can not be expressed. Sometimes, anal glands also become infected. Due to these reasons, dogs rub their butts on the ground.

Infected anal glands are treated by use of antibiotics while impacted anal glands need to be expressed. Both conditions are handled by vets professionally. So, you should take your dog to vet for this reasons.
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KR- myopinions answered
You need to have your pups anal glands expressed by either your vet or groomer. Most small dogs and many large ones need this done on a regular basis. The scooting is an attempt to express them themselves and is rarely ever successful. If it's not done they become impacted/infected and can cause problems and will need actual treatment. You may want to see the vet this time in case they're infected, but after you can alternate between the vet and the groomer since it usually is included with bath/haircut (useful since it SMELLS), nails, ears, ect at the groomer's.
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Ember Flame answered
He is probably itching it because he has worms you might want to take him to the vet as soon as possible and get your carpet cleaned and wash everything in your house
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nettie answered
Have a vet advise you on what to do and what causes this to happen,don't try to help your pet if you have no idea of what you are doing, you could cause more harm than good.....the best to you
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Brianna answered
That is a sign of them having worms. It makes there butt itch and so that is the only way they can scratch it. Just go to your vet and buy some wormer. It is very important to keep your dogs wormed and make sure they have there shots.
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Anonymous answered
Your dog has worms. It needs to be wormed every month or so after 4 mo of age. These are contagious to children so be very careful if there are kids around the dog or they will get worms also. So can you if you are not careful.

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