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Seems to have trouble going to bathroom slides on grass

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seems to have trouble going to bathroom slides rearend on grass
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Hi, this is Dr. Gabby. How are his stools? Do you know if his stools are normal, hard, dry, or soft?

How often is he scooting his hind end on the grass?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
stools hard several times a day scooting
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** the last time he ate?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
not much food for several days
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Ok, there are a few possibilites.

He could be constipated. You can try getting him to eat some canned pumpkin.

You can also mix some Miralax stool softening powder with something soft you think he will eat. You can also mix it with water and give it with a syringe. 1/4 teaspoon per 5 pounds of dog, once a day.

Another possibility is that he has blocked or infected anal glands. Those are glands located just inside of the rectum. Sometimes the drainage ducts become blocked. Then the glands fill up and become painful. They can also become infected. So the dog scoots across the ground to try and relieve the pressure.

So I would do the Miralax or canned pumpkin tonight. Then tomorrow if he has not had a bowel movement, or he is still scooting, then he will need to see the vet to have his anal glands checked.

How does that sound?

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Gabby