Causes of Dog Scooting: Itchy Skin, Anal Glands & Parasite of Pugs


I am asked a lot of questions about dogs who drag themselves around the ground by scooting their bottoms across the floor. I’ve identified three explanations for why pugs behave in this manner: first, they get an itchy sensation, and second, due to the limited length of their noses, pugs are unable to reach the region just at the base of their own tails. Itching may also be a sign of fleas or an allergy to flea saliva. The second cause of scooting in dogs, which is the one I’m going to talk about on this page, is that their anal glands are clogged, impacted, or sick. The third kind of parasite that causes itching in dogs is called tapeworms, which crawl out of the dog’s anus. When tapeworms initially emerge from the anus, they show as white moving portions or as what looks like dried up chunks of rice in the fur surrounding the rear quarters of the dog. Tapeworms are simple to identify because of either of these two appearances. A trip to the veterinarian is necessary in order to treat tapeworms.

Anal Sacs

There are two anal sacs or glands placed on each side of the rectum of the dog, often in the position of 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock. These glands are known as the anal sacs. These are rather little glands, measuring hardly more than half an inch in diameter. When the dog defecates, the sacs serve as actual storage chambers for a very odorous secretion that is supposed to coat the feces (other people believe it’s designed to lubricate the stool as it comes out). These feces may be recognized by their peculiar odor, which is left behind by the coating.

An improper diet often causes obstruction of the anal sacs. If the feces do not “internally rub” against the sacs, then the liquid does not flow out with the stools. When the fluid does not come out, the sacs need to be expressed, which means they need to be emptied. It is not an unpleasant or difficult treatment, and many owners feel that it is simpler to manage routinely themselves if it is required. However, your veterinarian is able to execute this procedure for you. If you can feel the sacs close to each side of the anus, and if there are solid lumps in those areas, then it is possible that the sacs need to be expressed.

It’s possible that some dogs may never need this surgery, while others will only require it once or twice throughout the course of their whole lives. Others may have persistent issues with their anal sacs that need medical attention. Because pictures and words can only convey so much information, it is ideal to have your veterinarian walk you through the process the first time around. If you apply excessive pressure to the anal sacs, you run the risk of rupturing one of them, so use extreme care.

Anal Sac Draining

There are instances when you can tell that your dog has full sacs because he will sit on your lap, and then all of a sudden there will be a slimy smelly discharge where the Pug used to be! At our home, we refer to this experience as “getting slimed.” When we really express or squeeze these sacs, your dog may experience a great deal of discomfort. This is especially true if the dog’s anal sacs are too filled or may be infected. In this scenario, your dog may howl or resist you, and it is up to you to use your best judgment on whether or not you should continue, particularly if this is something you have never done before. ALWAYS go forward with extreme care, and see your veterinarian rather than wresting with or causing lasting injury to your dog.

It is not impossible for you to do this experiment in the comfort of your own home. When gazing at the rectum of the dog, the anal sacs are situated somewhere between the four and eight o’clock positions on the clock face. If you just need one person to do the task, you may accomplish it by straddling the Pug with its back to you and keeping it between your feet so that it doesn’t attempt to move about. Holding the tail in one hand while bending down and pressing the thumb and index finger of the other hand on each side of the anus will complete the procedure. In certain dogs, the sacs may be located rather far to the side of the rectum; however, the majority of dogs have them located around half an inch to each side. By pressing the rectal region together between two fingers, the glands are squeezed against one other, and under normal circumstances, with mild pressure, they will release the substance that is trapped within. It is difficult to get them as empty as the veterinarian can (the veterinarian will use a gloved finger internally to assist the process, which is NOT something most owners are interested in doing), but most animals are more tolerant of the external squeeze, which allows it to be done more frequently.

If you squeeze the glands together in the correct manner, you should see a discharge coming from each side of the anus. WARNING: the discharge from this device often bursts out under pressure and has the potential to go between three and four feet in distance. When carrying out this process, you DO NOT want to position yourself behind your dog. The discharge might be very thin and very black, or it can be quite thick and very bright. The “normal” hue will be some shade of brown, ranging from light tan to almost black or extremely dark brown. The discharge may have a very smooth consistency, or it may resemble the consistency of cottage cheese. If you see ANY blood or ANY pus in the discharge, you should take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible since this might be a sign of an infection or an obstruction in the glands.

Do you want to see an animated film about anal glands or learn more about them? Simply follow this link. To see the videos in their intended format, you will need to install a Flash plug-in.

Infected anal glands

When they get infected, anal sacs may be very difficult, if not downright irritating, to cure. In order to treat the infection, you may need to take antibiotics for an extended period of time and also cleanse the anal sacs with antibiotics or antiseptic solutions. If this is an issue that won’t go away, it could be better to have the sacs surgically removed, particularly if the dog is resistant to having the contents of the sacs expressed. There are certain risks associated with surgically removing the sacs, such as the possibility that your dog would lose control of its feces. You and your veterinarian should have an in-depth conversation about your alternatives BEFORE you decide to have this procedure done. It is a good idea to make sure that the antibiotic being taken will kill the particular bacteria that are causing the illness by requesting that your veterinarian do a culture to identify the bacteria that are contributing to the infection.

If you have a positive working connection with your veterinarian, you will have more trust in both them and the state of the health of your Pug. Do not be hesitant to chat to your veterinarian, ask them questions, and, in general, get to know them and the methods that they want to have followed. Veterans are all individuals in their own right, just like everyone else. When it comes to addressing a condition, there are not always set guidelines that can be adhered to, which is why it is important to provide as much information as possible to your veterinarian. This will allow the two of you to collaborate more effectively for the sake of your Pug’s health.

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