Dogs sometimes feel itching to the anus which they can relieve only by rubbing the bottom on the ground. Several reasons can explain this tingling. Overview of the main ones causes possible.
My dog rubs his buttocks on the floor: anal glands
If your dog is sliding his buttocks on the dog floor like a “sled,” we suggest you inspect his behind. If you feel two masses spherical and firm under the skin of the anus, this means that his anal glands are full and that his unusual behavior responds to discomfort. Located on either side of the anus, the anal glands secrete a liquid with a strong odor which is used to mark its territory and to lubricate its stools. At this point, the glands gradually empty and fill again. If they drain poorly, the fluid thickens and hardens to the point of butcher the outlet of the channel. When they become engorged, the glands eventually become irritated and the dog will feel the need to scratch while rubbing his perianal area on the ground. The itching combined with the inability to evacuate can then cause inflammation or even infection.
My dog rubs his buttocks on the floor: parasites
Dog lifestyle hygiene presents risks of contamination because our doggies like to sniff, lick, even swallow all kinds of material (carrion, excrement, waste…). The parasites swallowed generally settle in the digestive system of the animal (more precisely in the distal part of the large intestine), causing itching of the anal and perianal area. The dog will then drag his buttocks on the ground to relieve the tingling. Carefully observing your dog’s stool will confirm the diagnosis as the towards look like long, thin grains of rice. However, these are not always visible, but other symptoms can accompany the parasite infestation such as diarrhea or vomiting.
My dog is rubbing his buttocks on the ground: a foreign body
If you find that your dog is rubbing his butt on the ground when you are outside, he may be just trying to pull a residue hanging under its tail or around the anus: a branch, a plant, a twig, grass … diarrhea, remains of excrement can stick to the hair around the anus and encourage the dog to get rid of it by rubbing its buttocks in the grass.
My dog is rubbing his buttocks on the floor: what to do?
The first thing to do is to check that your dog has nothing stuck on the butt, such as grass or a piece of branch. Once you have found the cause of its discomfort, it remains to be remedied.
- Plugged anal glands. If you suspect engorgement of the anal glands, take your dog to the vet. The professional will empty them and check if the inflammation has caused a abscess in your dog. If so, surgery may be necessary. The vet can teach you the technique of emptying if your dog’s anal glands tend to become blocked frequently. For dogs often suffering from this disorder, a diet rich in fibers is recommended to facilitate the passage of stool;
- Parasite infestation. If your pet is infected with parasites, the veterinarian will prescribe a vermifuge which will quickly solve the itchy problem. In prevention, it is advisable to deworm your animal once a quarter to avoid any infestation. Regular treatment against fleas is also necessary because these parasites can transmit the dog tapeworm, an intestinal worm;
- Presence of a foreign body. If your dog’s efforts are in vain, and he cannot remove the foreign body that bothers him (twig, grass, excrement, etc.), do not wait until he becomes more irritated to help him. If you’re outside, grab a tissue, gently lift its tail, and clean. If you are at home, use a clean, damp, lukewarm cloth.