Does it always mean anal gland issues if a dog is butt scooting?

Laurelin

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Summer has done this twice this morning. Is that always a sign that anal glands need expressing?
 

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Bono my bichon did that for few days and the vet said it was the anal glands so he too care of it. it worked for few days then again he did it and it was worms i could see tiny worms coming out so i gave him worms medicine and he is ok after that. so i guess either worms or anal glands
 

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Ocean did some scooting last year and sure enough it was an anal gland that needed expressing. He's the first rottie I've had that needed to see a vet for that. I had been feeding them grain free and there wasn't enough bulk to express them himself. I moved to a lamb and rice kibble and the anal gland problem vanished.
 

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In my experience, yes, it's always been related to anal glands, though I'm sure there could be other causes. One of my family dogs scooted all the time and my mom would have to express his anal glands (or take him to the vet). Watson scooted once in the house and expressed his anal glands while he did it (thank goodness it was in the basement!)

Watson scoots if he has a messy poop and thinks he needs to clean himself up by scooting in the dirt. It's hilarious.
 

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Since it's not an every day thing, I'd say that it's most likely an anal gland problem. Butt scooting can also be a sign of allergies/intolerances.
 

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A lot of clients will come into the salon because their dogs are scooting. It's a definite possibility, but a lot of time I find that there's hair over that area that I imagine would itch/bother them to some degree. I do a quick sanitary trim and ask that they let me know if it helped- but no one ever does.
 

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Our Bull Terrier was scooting every few days, and the vet suggested feeding a higher percentage of bone in his raw diet instead of having his anal glands expressed. After feeding a large meaty raw bone once a week in addition to his normal diet, no more scooting! The extra bone caused the anal glands to be expressed naturally on thier own and on a regular basis.No need to put the vet or our pooch through any stinkiness! It's worth a try for any raw-fed pooches who may be scooting.
 
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