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my skipperkee keeps spinning in circles on her butt, ...

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my skipperkee keeps spinning in circles on her butt, she is bloated, and she whines out of discomfort. Is she constipated?? what can i do for her?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Animal Eyes replied 9 years ago.
There are a couple of things that may be going on with her. She may be constipated or she could be having problems with her anal glands. Often when they scoot they are trying to express their anal glands themselves. Normally they express some as they have a bowel movement or if they become scared. If she will allow you to you can try to express them yourself but if the fluid is too thick or if they are impacted it may not be possible. If it is either she may be too painful to allow you to express them. You should wear a glove when you try this. Have someone else hold her head so she doesn't try to bite you then you lift her tail, look for any swelling around the anal area first, if you see any then take her to your vet. If there is no swelling then place your thumb and forefinger at the 8 and 4 o'clock positions around the rectum and gently push in and squeeze towards the inside,make sure that you have a paper towel or kleenex covering the rectum to catch any fluid. You can do this a couple of times to see if they will express. If they don't then it would be best to have your vet express them for you. They can also make sure that everything is okay and that they aren't impacted or infected.

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