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There are a few causes for scooting. You have checked the anal glands but if they are clogged, you might not be able to express them and he might need the vet or a groomer to try expressing them. The second would be parasites such as tapeworm. Tapeworms can be contracted by ingesting a flea.
Tapeworms release segments that exit the anus and spread tapeworm eggs into the environment. They can cause severe itching in some dogs. They can usually be seen in the stool and are small about 1/2 inch moving things. If the stool has dried, they look like rice in the stool or stuck in the hair around the anus. Drontal plus is also a prescription product and is used for the treatment of Tapeworms, though dewormers with praziquantel work well against tapeworms. Now you don't always see segments in the stoo, but sometime s you do. It is best to get a stool sample tested.
The last is allergic condition -- flea allergy being the most common allergy leading to itching around the base of the tail and rectal region. If it is an allergy, then benadryl may help a bit. The dosage is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours.
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Most owners express the glands from the outside. Vets and many groomers express them by inserting a digit inside the rectum. A vet could also determine if the gland opening was blocked. It would have been nice to know that you had already tested for worms. So if all that is fine, then an allergy would be the likely cause which might be to fleas or to a food item. It might be something you've always fed where the ingredients changed, or a new treat or even a cleaning supply that got on the dogs rear when he sat down. You could try the benadryl and see if that helps.
Not sure what coming from a family of doctors has to do with expressing a dog's anal glands though. I meant to say be sure you are giving an adequate dosage of benadryl to combat the allergic reaction.