Join Now. You caught your dog doing the booty scoot on your favorite rug and now you're wondering why they do it and how you can get it to stop. Whether that or excessive licking of your pet's hind region is what brought you here, it's likely that your dog's anal glands need attention. While that's probably the last part of your dog's anatomy you'd like to pay attention to, the fact is that anal gland problems in dogs are fairly common and often the cause of dog scooting problems.
You probably are because swollen, infected anal glands are pretty common in dogs. Dogs have a pair of small glands on either side of the anus, just under the tail. These glands also called sacs contain a smelly, oily fluid that smells a lot like skunk. Normally, when your dog poops, some of the liquid gets squeezed out of the glands as a result of pressure in the colon. This is called impaction.
These smelly sacs are the cause behind many a vet visit and certainly not something many pet owners want to mess with. Unfortunately, a lot of dogs have trouble expressing these glands themselves, which can lead to a lot of trouble and pain. Have you ever noticed your dog scooting his butt across the ground? The liquid inside the anal gland builds up over time and is typically secreted when your dog poops. Sometimes, if your dog is not producing solid stools, the liquid can become thicker and impacted.
They're not the stuff of dinner party conversations, but knowing how to spot a problem could save your dog a lot of misery. Picture the scene. You've just washed your dog from top to tail using the finest shampoo and conditioner money can buy, but even after drying him, the same horrible fishy odour you noticed pre-groom is still lingering in your poor nostrils.