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What is causing my dog to scoot around and around making herself raw on her hips and tail area?

Smartliving Guest asked this
August 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM



Dear Norma,

Dogs can scoot for a couple of reasons. Sometimes they have internal parasites (worms) which causes a sensation so they drag their butt to itch. The other common reason is the pressure of full anal glands. They can fill up excessively when there are allergies. When this happen the veterinarian or groomer can express the gland to empty it. The dog will be comfortable until the gland fills up again. If this is the reason then giving DERMA-IONX can be helpful by working on the allergies. Giving probiotics are good to give when either condition exists.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
August 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM
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