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Anal Sac Inflammation & Scooting
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Ask the Vet About Anal Sac Inflammation and Scooting in Dogs
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jan 19, 2017
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Black anus with scooting

Question:My dogs anus is black he seems to have scooting problems every once and a while but this time it's black I read that he may need fiber to help with the problem so I have given him oatmeal and Metamucil every morning the scooting got much less but his anus is still black should I still be concerned

Answer:Good idea to increase fiber to help with bowel and/or anal regularity, however given the color change of the anus, best to have vet check and evaluation to see if anal glands need to be expressed and/or if any infections, etc exists

Date: Sep 2, 2016
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal Area Ichty Or Sore

Question:My Two Year Old Shiatsu Is Scooting His Bottom Often And Licking More Than Normal. His Is Still Playful, But Not As Much As Before He Had A Somewhat Difficult Bowel Movement Yesterday.

Answer:May Need His Anal Glands Expressed Or Checked Out At Vet As Could Have Anal Gland Impaction Or Infection

Date: Jul 26, 2016
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal Sacs/ Rectal Bleeding

Question:My Female Maltese X Shi Tz Just Off Heat Last Week Has Started Scooting & Is Stil Licking Area Now Anal Area Has Visable Dried Blood There. Are Her Sacs Infected & Is She In Pain? Shes Sleeping Quite Alot.

Answer:Best To Have Vet Exam And Evaluation Of Anal Sacs, Including Expression And Cleaning, As Well As Possibly Antibiotics, Etc

Date: Jul 24, 2016
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scooting Onthe Floor

Question:I Have A 9year Old Mini Dachshund And She Has Been Scooting On The Floor Till She Has Made Her Vagina Bleed She Also Has Anal Gland Problems Have To Have Them Squeezed About Every 2- 3 Weeks. Could This Be A Sign Of A Uti Or Maybe The Start Of Something Else.

Answer:A Uti Is Possible. Best To Have Vet Exam And Evaluation Including Urine Analysis, And Recheck Of Anal Glands

Date: Jul 20, 2016
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scooting And Chasing Tail

Question:I Got My Dog Anal Glads Expressed 3 Weeks Ago But He Is Still Scooting And Chasing His Tail Sometimes, And Sometimes While He's Sleeping He Just Jumps Up Like Something Is Bothering Him.what Should I Do?

Answer:Best To Have Glands Rechecked, As He May Need Additional Antibiotics And/or

Date: Jun 17, 2016
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scooting Now Swollen

Question:My Dog Was Scooting Due To Feces Being Stuck In His Hair Around His Bottom. Now His Anus Is Inflamed. What Can I Do?!

Answer:You Can Try Applying Topical Hydrocortisone To The Area But If Signs Persist Or Worsen See Your Vet For Evaluation

Date: Feb 1, 2016
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal Sacs

Question:My Dog Had Her Anal Sacs Drained Due To Excessive Licking Twice. She Still Is Licking And My Vet Said This Must Just Be Habit. But Now The Base Of Her Tail Is Red And Inflamed. I Dont Know If My Vet Is Really Looking Carefully. She Still Always Licks And This Has Been Going On For A Couole Months. She's Normal As Far As Playing , Eating, Slepping. Its Just Her Bottom. I Do Give Her Pills The Vet Gave Me For Itching And That Seems To Help A Little. Should I See Another Vet?

Answer:I Would Get Second Opinion, As It Sounds Like Chronic Allergies, Which Will Likely Need Long Term Allergy Treatment And Management.

Date: Jan 31, 2016
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog Not Eating

Question:My Dog, Foxy Has Not Eaten In 3 Or 4 Days. I Noticed A Couple Of Days Ago Her Scooting Her Bottom On The Carpet, So Yesterday I Gave Her A Dose Of Worm Medicine, But Today, She Is Still Not Eating. She Whines A Little More Than Usual And Is Not As Playful. Please Help Me To Help My Dog.

Answer:She Needs Full Veterinary Exam And Workup/evaluation

Date: Nov 25, 2015
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal Itching

Question:I Have A Six Year Old Boxer That Is Licking His Butt A Lot. When He Pooped I Notice Something Red On The Left Side Of His Anus And A Smear Of Blood On The Left Side Of His Poop. He Had Some Bloody Mucus When I Wiped Him Off. He Is Not Scooting And Is Not Uncomfortable Just Itching. I Put Hydrocortisone Cream On It And It Seems To Help. What Do I Do For Him?

Answer:He Could Have An Anal Gland Infection Or Abcess. Best To Take To Vet For Exam, Manual Expression And Possibly Antibiotics For This Condition.

Date: Nov 8, 2014
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scooting In A Circle

Question:If My Dog Is Scooting And If She Has Worms, Can They Transfer To Humans?

Answer:Tapeworms, Which May Be A Common Cause Of Scooting Are Not A Health Risk To Animals, Unless A Person Touches Stool And/or Swallows Worms With Bare Hands. However I Strongly Recommend A Vet Exam And Stool Check For Positive Identification Of The Parasites And The Best Treatment, As Well As Seeing If Anal Saces Need To Be Expressed.

Date: Apr 11, 2014
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal Sacs

Question:My 2 Year Old 12 Lb Yorkie Is Having Problems With His Anal Sacs. It Is Swollen And Red And He Scoots Often. I Don't Have The Money For A Veterinarian Right Now. I Am Unemployed! Can You Please Tell Me What I Can Do To Help Him? Please Please Please

Answer:Take To Local Groomer Or Pet Smart Where They Can Express Anal Sacs For Minimal Price.

Date: Mar 15, 2014
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Constant Licking

Question:My 3yr Old, Male Schichon Has Been Licking His Bottom All Night And Scooting His Bottom On The Carpet. He Has Also Been Very Restless. He Does Take A Baby Benadryl Each Day For Allergies. The Only New Thing He's Been Given Is A Rawhide Stick With Peanut Butter On The Inside. Could That Be The Trouble.

Answer:Raw Hide Stick Can Be Problem, As Well As Impacted/infected Anal Glands. Best To See Vet For Exam And Evaluation

Date: Oct 19, 2013
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Scoot Bars

Question:I Have Seen My Dog Scooting On The Ground After A Bowel Movement What Is She Doing

Answer:Sounds Like Impacted Or Blocked Anal Glands. Best To See Vet For Assessment.

Date: Aug 22, 2013
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Anal+iching

Question:Anal+iching

Answer:Best To Have Vet Check To See If Anal Sacs Impacted.

Date: Aug 16, 2013
Category: Anal Sac Inflammation
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What Next?

Question:My Female(fixed) 3 Yr Old Pug Has Just Finished 3 Antibiotics In Last Month;( Had Reaction To Clavamox) To Address Blood In Urine Issue (inflammation). Dip Stick Confirms Presence Of Blood. She Also "sits And Spins". Any Connection One With Other. What Can I Expect Next? Will Make Another Appt With Vet. After Your Response. Thanks.

Answer:I Dont Think Biting And Spinning Anything To Do With Urine Issue. Could Be Also Clogged Anal Glands, Which Is Common In This Breed. Have Vet Check To Express Anal Sacs And Followup With Urine Sample As Well.


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