Seeing your pup scoot around the floor on his bum can be quite amusing, but it may actually be an indicator of a more serious problem.
In order to understand this, you’d need to get to know your pup’s rear a bit better – check here for a crash course on your dog’s butt!
Essentially, a pup has glands on either side of the rectum which create strong-smelling secretions and are mainly used for identification and marking. These glands can become irritated or infected easily due to their proximity to the anus, and may become torn during defecation. Expression of the fluid in the glands can be painful, even when done by a veterinarian.
If your pup is scooting around on their bum, then it may be a sign of pain or itchiness, which could in turn be a symptom of irritation or infection. Check your pup’s bum for redness or swelling around the anal area, and take note of foul-smelling fluid. This can be a sign of an abnormality in the glands, especially if the smell is noticed during odd times. Infected glands can cause an abscess that will rupture out onto the skin.
Any open wounds, irritation, or itchiness warrant a visit to the vet as soon as possible, no buts about it! (Yes, pun intended!) Make sure that your pup’s bum is healthy to ensure a happy and infection-free dog. Do like and share this information with other pup Mommies and Daddies if you found it useful or helpful!