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To us, it's gross and obnoxious, but your dog thinks it’s necessary.
Here’s the deal: Dogs scoot their rear ends along the floor because either a) their butts itch or b) something else is going on back there. Yes, it's unseemly — some might even think it's funny — but the way a dog figures it, when you’ve got an itch ... scratch it!
Which brings us to an important question: Why the itch or discomfort?
There are plenty of reasons, most likely a skin-related or anally oriented ailment. Everything from flea bites and allergies to anal gland disorders and gastrointestinal diseases can lead to scooting.
The best thing to do is see your veterinarian.
This article was written by a Veterinarian.
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