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Why does a dog drag their bum? Scooting — when a dog drags its anus along the ground — is almost always a sign something is irritating your dog. What’s behind that irritation can range from infection to worms to inflammation. Some of the most common reasons dogs drag their bottom include: Anal Sac Problems.
How do I get my dog to stop scooting? Feed a high quality diet.
“Feeding your dog a good quality, well-balanced diet can help prevent scooting by ensuring their stools are firm enough to squeeze and empty the anal glands as they pass through the rectum,” says Strong.
Does a dog scooting mean worms? Telltale signs of tapeworms include an itchy bottom, scooting, and rice-like segments of worms around the anus, in your dog’s feces or their bedding. Resolution: Visit your vet for an examination right away if you suspect parasites.
How can I express my dog’s glands naturally? Add fiber to your pup’s diet.
Fiber aids in stool formulation and regularity—which helps anal glands empty naturally. Fiber can be added to the diet via high fiber dog foods or dietary supplements. Increase water intake with canned food or a pet water fountain, to aid with bowel regularity.