Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ASK THE VET: "Scooter" May be Trying to Tell You Something...

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Scooting is a Sign of Trouble:

Time to See Your Veterinarian

Hello Dr. Jacki,

This is a weird question, but why does my dog scoot on her bottom across the carpet or tile floor? My mom’s dog even shoots her rear end along the paved driveway.


Carrie A. 


Dear Carrie A.,

While scooting can mean a lot of things, it typically means one of two things…..either worms or anal gland issues.  Either issue requires a veterinarian’s exam.  

A fecal or stool check can be performed to check for intestinal parasites or worms.  If parasites are found, a dewormer can be given.  If the anal glands are to blame, a veterinarian or a technician can help with that too. 

If neither of these issues are to blame, your veterinarian can discuss other ideas about what might be going on. 

Take care,

Dr. Jacki

Dr. Jacki, D.V.M.

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For more information on Dr. Jacki and her practice, you may find her at  4 Paws House Calls. A personal appointment will likely provide more specific information on your dog and your specific questions.

Dr. Jacki's opinion or advice does not replace an actual exam with a veterinarian. 

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Anonymous said...

My little yorkie did the "scoot" thing today, and my brain went into overdrive: glands? worms??? Closer inspection revealed a little doodle, stuck to the base of her long hair under her tail. Sometimes life is pleasantly simple! Marty

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