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My dog Hailey has been exhibiting a very strange action lately

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My dog Hailey has been exhibiting a very strange action lately and I'm wondering why. Hailey is an 11 year old American bull dog with some benign tumor bumps ( typical for breed i'm told ) along with hip issues that slow her down and affect her gait but otherwise healthy. Each night after her 5pm meal she heads to the master bedroom and proceeds to tuck her backside and scrap across the carpet while whining and barking. She attempts to raise her leg like she has an itch but due to her lack of mobility she cant raise her legs. she is not dragging her rear end across the carpet nor does she seem to be in pain, just seems like frustration. The really odd part is it happens right after eating which seems to rule out a spontaneous itch. What the heck is going on ??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Hello! My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to help you with your dog today.

 

Dogs scoot their rumps on the ground for several different reasons:

 

First, they may actually have intestinal parasites. Dogs generally get 4 kinds of worms: hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and roundworms, and you can't always see them with the naked eye. If a dog isn't actively shedding the adult worms, you need a microscope to determine if they even have them. A fecal sample brought to your regular vet where they can use a special solution and a microscope to look at the sample is the only way to know for sure if your dog has worms and/or what kind they might have.

 

Secondly, full anal glands. Dogs have two small pea-sized glands located just inside the rectum. In the past, they were used to scent mark so that other dogs would know where they were and what territory belonged to that particular dog. These days, those glands aren't necessary in tame dogs, but they have them anyway. The glands are filled with a foul smelling, oily substance and can sometimes become impacted or abscessed. Even dogs who have never had a problem with their anal glands in the past can get a problem with them, so having your vet check them to see if the glands are full is a good idea. If the glands are full, the vet will manually express them so that they're empty again. Once empty, the dog will generally stop scooting.

 

Finally, they may have an irritation in the anal area such as dried feces or other things that can cause itches. If you can't see a problem with the naked eye, then the best thing to do is to have your vet take a peek. A quick fecal test and checking of the anal glands usually finds the problem.

 

I hope this helps.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

That helps some but which one would be triggered by eating. As I stated it always happens immediately after her meal so itch seems illogical unless the act of eating causes itch ???

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Actually, I suspect it's the full anal glands.

She eats...which fills her digestive tract making the feces push down towards the rectum. Since the glands are located just barely inside the rectum, I bet after she eats, it puts pressure on the glands....just like us if we eat a big meal...soon, we have to visit the bathroom...
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Makes good sense. She has become very inactive over the last couple of years due to hips and I think gland issues may be the answer.


 


Thank you very much

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
You're absolutely welcome!!!
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Hi David,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Hailey. How is everything going?

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