Thank you for your question regarding your 6 year old Golden Doodle girl Dakota who has seems to have a very irritated butt! Dogs generally go overboard with the licking
and scooting back there primarily because they have irritation around their back end. This could due to anal irritation or pain, or due to a skin itch or irritation. The most common causes for this behavior
1.) Full or impacted anal glands
3.) Intestinal worms
4.) Skin irritation around the anus or at the tail base.
It could well be that Dakota's anal glands are full and need to be emptied. Ensure her anal glands are cleared out regularly by your Vet or groomer. If she is scooting as well as licking, it is quite likely she needs her glands expressed. You should also add some fiber to her diet to help minimize the number of times the glands need to be cleared. Try adding some bran flakes or metamucil to her wet food, or feed her some canned pumpkin.
Also be sure to keep on top of the flea and worming treatments. Make sure you use a reliable product like this. Advantage or Advocate are perfect for defleaing and I would suggest a good All-wormer like Drontal
, Milbemax or Panacur as well. This will help to sort out numbers 2 and 3! If she gets skin irritations, then be sure to shampoo her every week or two. You can also try a little benadryl if you think this may be the cause. The typical dose is 1mg per pound of body weight up to twice daily.
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