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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. If he is scooting a lot, then his anal glands are most likely impacted or infected/abscessed. Those are the most common causes of scooting. The only way I can related it to the limping would be if there is a bad enough anal gland abscess. Even then, you usually do not see limping with anal gland abscesses. These could be separate issues. If there is a spinal cord or spinal nerve problem, that can cause limping and being uncomfortable around the rear end. Scooting is just not common with it. If you can lift his tail and see if there is a swelling on either side of the anus, that would most likely be an anal gland abscess. An anal gland tumor can cause a swelling as well, but he is a little young to expect that. If not neutered, then it could be a hernia in that area. Hernias there are common with intact male dogs. If he is acting normal otherwise and doesn't seem to be in distress, I would just monitor him tonight and have him seen by your vet if still doing this in the morning. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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Hello. I was just following up to see how Soldier Boy is doing and to see if you have any further questions.