ARE PARASITES THE REASON FOR SCOOTING?
Parasites can cause scooting. Scooting is an anal sac disease so first, let’s define exactly what scooting is. This is when you see your dog dragging his bottom with his hind legs in an extended position. Butt dragging behavior and scooting could be irritation from parasites.
However, parasites are not the only reasons for scooting in dogs. There are many things that cause your dog to scoot. possible your pet could suffer from an anal gland infection. anus tumors, or, injuries near the anal regions.
FLEA BITE ALLERGIES?
Flea bite allergy can cause irritation around the anus region and the dog might bite the anus region, and these irritations cause the dragging of butt syndrome. Or it could be your dog has Cestodiasis, caused by infection from tapeworms.
When your dog has these irritations and isn’t treated in time, he may result in scooting. Tapeworm pieces, in the stool, feel like itchy crawling sensations in the dog’s anus.
IS IT TAPEWORMS?
These crawling of segments of the tapeworm lead to uncomfortable itching. Therefore to gain relief, your dog drags his bottom or scoots to address his discomfort from this type of constant irritation. The animal presses his anus on the ground, then drags or scoots to alleviate the itching.
The tapeworm deposits eggs which can be seen when the dog poop is examined through a microscope. Scooting dogs, need to be seen by a vet to rule out tapeworm segments, that resemble small pieces of rice.
White in color, they turn yellow when taken from the body, These tapeworms can also be seen moving in the dog’s anus area. If your dog portrays this behavior, make sure you have a vet check him out and make sure your pet is healthy and parasite free.
Article by Brandon Hays