Feb 7th 2023

Doggo Needing a Hefty Help? There are 5 Reasons Your Dog is Scooting

The lower area of any creature is the most vulnerable place. The panic sets in when a dog just starts scooting vigorously and barking for help. There are many reasons why a dog can scoot.

So, it is important to know all the reasons and causes of dog scooting and educate thoroughly to avoid future cases. In this article, we’ll tell you just that, plus the solutions to each problem so you can rest easy on us. Let’s begin!

1. Anal Sac Needing Help

Like any creature, dogs also have two anal sacs, and on the side of them, there contains a fishy-yeasty smell that discharges every time they poop. This acts as a trail mark (a very poopy one) for other dogs to either use as a location tracker or hunt them down.

This gesture gets hinted at by their bowel movement, making the fluid naturally drain away. However, if their system is congested, the fluid can build up over time, causing the sac to be prone to infection and creating anal gland problems in dogs. This can cause the whole sac to get itchy, swollen, and immensely painful.

So, What’s the Solution?

In short, the liquid needs to be drained. Visit the vet and get the area checked. Regular grooming helps too. Keep the area nice and clean, and check for any unusual movements. Treat the dog with prescribed antibiotics or medicines if required.

2. Parasites

This might be a bit of a TMI, but where there is dirt, there’s a zone for parasites. Especially in our furry friends, their anal area and the place they poop are attracted by parasites. Parasites do not grow immediately; it happens gradually. Dogs can catch it by ingesting fleas or sneaking into dirty places with immature larvae flowing around.

This larva grows into a rice-sized worm that irritates the stomach area to the anus, causing infections and a big reason your dog may be scooting.

So, What’s the Solution?

Again, take help from professionals. A dewormer can be used to remove it as well. If the worms are not visible, run tests and examine for fecal flotations immediately.

3. Allergies

Allergies can occur from multiple things: food, products, location, and environment. However, when your dog is scooting, it’s mostly by something they ingested or applied around the anal area. If their bowel movements or discharges are abnormal, then check their diet.

If the diet looks fine, but they're still scooting, it could be any grooming product used on the dog.

So, What’s the Solution?

Tell the vet to make a custom diet for the type of dog you own. Certain foods a dog may be allergic to and should not eat are dairy, beef, chicken, chicken eggs, soy, or wheat gluten.

Here are some foods that are good for a dog’s bowel movement: canned pumpkin or pumpkin powder, Green leafy vegetables, ginger, wheat bran, powdered psyllium seeds, and olive oil.

4. Sac Trauma!

Unfortunately, it is a real thing. If your dog has abnormal bowel problems, a groomer might have manually emptied their sac to drain fluids. It can cause the muscle gland and reflexes to loosen up and depend on manual action instead. This can also bring in infection and injuries as groomers can unintentionally press and squeeze on it.

So, What’s the Solution?

Training your dog to use its anal sac naturally can help the trauma slowly fade. It’s not something you need a groomer to do; it is a natural process in dogs. So be patient, provide all the necessary care, and love, to your furry friend, and play with them more.

5. Skin Issues

Continuing the grooming in dogs mentioned in the last point, certain products and gestures can irritate the area, causing the dog to scoot. It can cause by perfume, sprays, clippers, razor cuts or burns, etc. These can form redness and infection, making it itchy and painful, triggering the scoot response.

So, What’s the Solution?

Check the products that you are using. Do they contain any ingredients that dogs are allergic to? Check for any burns or injuries caused by a recent groom session. Warm compressions help a lot. Consult a Vet. Request them to change up the grooming products suited to sensitive skin, like shampoos and sprays. Certain medications or topicals like ointment can help soothe the irritation as well.



And there you have it, a dog may be scooting. Remember, scooting is a natural response, only panic about it when it goes out of control. Proper hygiene and care can help the dog’s anal area to stay healthy. However, this area is the most prone to infection, so consulting a vet for questions can always help alleviate the stress. Thank you for reading!