Q & A: Scooting dog

Q: My dog is scooting inside the house and outside in the garden. What could be wrong, and what can I do?

A: Immediately take your dog to the vet, as it can potentially be serious. Some dogs may empty their anal sacs by scooting or grooming themselves, but if left untreated, a simple irritation can lead to infection, impaction and ultimately abscessation and rupture. Anal sac infections are very painful and more difficult and uncomfortable to treat in the later stages.

A dog’s anal sacs should not need to be emptied – it should take care of itself. Your vet will determine what the problem is and how to treat it. Some pets are helped by adding fibre to their diet to help bulk up the stools.

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