Dog Scooting: The Sad, Scratchy Story Of Oscar’s Ichy Butt
Sure, it’s the butt of many jokes, but dog scooting can be a pain in the ass… just ask Oscar!
Oscar has the art of dog scooting mastered. He’s been practicing this graceful dance of his people since I can remember. My hardwood floor gives him little relief, so when Oscar spies rugs and carpeting, he will unashamedly sit down, kick his hind legs forward and drag his arse until satisfaction has been achieved. This isn’t so much of an issue when we’re at close friends’ and family’s houses – they think it’s hilarious. But if it’s at the home of someone new or we’re out in public (the pavement gives him amazing ass-wiping traction), let’s just say that Oscar always makes a lasting impression.
I’ve taken him to the vet numerous times about his dog scooting issues, and as of yet, there’s no solid answers. It’s not his anal sac – that was my first guess. But after an unwelcome finger probing, infection and a full sac was ruled out.
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Sure, the vet had plenty of “maybes” and “try this,” but no definitive results or cures. Because there’s no bleeding and he’s not doing it all day long, I get the feeling that Oscar’s derriere dragging is more of a nuance we’re going to have to live with. It’s a bit red at times, but not raw. He licks it occasionally – I’m not sure if he does it to soothe his bum or as a douche move to gross me out (he’ll try to kiss me after a thorough cleaning).
Does your pooch engage in dog scooting? Here are just a few reasons why dogs scoot:
Allergies: When I mentioned the dog scooting issue to the vet and he ruled out anal sac problems, he thought that it could have something to do with Oscar’s diet. If he is allergic to something in his food, it could be causing a bum irritation – as they say, what goes in must come out.
Anal Sac: You know how dogs get to know each other by sniffing butts? That’s because of the anal sac giving off a lovely doggy odor. But sometimes the anal sac can become full, infected or inflamed, which causes an overwhelming urge to itch. Scooting helps to relieve the pain and discomfort to the area. A vet can discharge the sac and prescribe a dose of antibiotics if necessary. If your dog does have anal sac problems, keeping a close eye (ha!) on his rear end will help prevent flare ups. Have a vet or groomer express the anal sac – although, Oscar scoots right after he gets probed (I don’t blame him).
Grooming: I find that Oscar does more dog scooting than normal after a trip to the groomer. It may be because that area has just been shaved or the shampoo the groomer uses irritates his skin. He zooms around for a few days after a haircut, but it tapers off once the fur starts to grow back.
Cling-Ons: When you have a furry little butt, no matter how cute it is, poop can get stuck. The fur around your dog’s bottom becomes matted, and it gets irritated and itchy. Some warm, soapy water can clean up this issue, or if it’s being really stubborn, you may have to cut the poopy mats out.
Tapeworms: Not all dogs who have tapeworms scoot, but it is a sign of an infestation. If it is worms, you will be able to see the offending buggers in the anus. The good news is they are easy to treat and get rid of. Tapeworms usually come out in full force in the summer time, so keep an eye out for dog scooting during the warmer months.
Manly urges: It’s no secret that men like to scratch their neither regions. Front or back, guys don’t usually have a preference and seem quite comfortable doing it in public. Hey, I get it – an uncomfortable itch or wedgie can drive the sanest of us mad with that intense irritation. So I’m thinking that perhaps Oscar is just trying to express his manly urges. This makes sense to me. He doesn’t have many testosteroney outlets to express himself. While there’s no scientific evidence to back my claim, until I get some solid results from the vet, I’m keeping this one as a front-runner.
Since my vet doesn’t think it’s a problem, I’m stuck with trying to find some relief for Oscar’s itchy issue. Do you have any recommendations? Supplements, herbs, grooming tips – I’m happy to hear them all, so please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.