Home Remedies For Dog Scooting: 10 Easy Ways That Work Fast!

Home Remedies For Dog Scooting

Whether you’re a first-time dog parent or have had dogs for many years, seeing your dog scooting or your puppy scooting on the floor many times a day can be quite concerning. 

Before we go over the 10 effective and easy home remedies for dog scooting, let us first explain why your dog is scooting her butt on the floor. Some of these reasons may surprise you!

Why do dogs scoot their butts?

Dog Itchy Butt
Why do Dogs Scoot?

You just saw your dog scooting her butt on the floor again. You’re confused because it hasn’t even been an hour and your canine companion is dragging her butt again. 

When dogs scoot, you can see them dragging their butt continually and it can get annoying. Depending on where your furry friends are currently at, this could be on the floor, carpet, ground, or grass. 

Now you’re probably wondering, “why is my dog scooting?” or “Why does my dog drag her butt?”

Here’s why. 

Dog butt scoot for the following reasons: 

  • Your canine friend’s anal glands (or sacs) are inflamed or clogged and need to be expressed.
  • Your furry friends may have intestinal parasites which include roundworms, hookworms, ringworms, or tapeworms. 
  • There may be some poop or dirt on your dog’s bum.
  • Your four-legged friends may be infested with fleas or ticks after coming back from a long hike or run. 
  • Your dog’s behind may have skin irritation. 
  • Your pooch may be having constipation. 
  • Food allergies. 

So, how does scooting their butt on the floor or carpet help? Let’s discuss this next.

Why does my dog keep bum scooting?

Dog Scoots Butt
Dog Butt Scooting

Dogs scoot their bum on rough surfaces like your hardwood floor, carpet, or the ground outside because it provides temporary relief to the discomfort they’re feeling on their rear end. The discomfort is usually caused by one of the reasons above, which we will discuss more in detail below.

Anal gland infection or Anal sac infection in dogs

Whether you have a female or a male dog, all dogs have anal glands. Our furry friends have two small anal sacs that are oval-shaped and are located on either side of the anus. If you’re trying to locate the anal sacs, they’re located at around the 4 o’clock and the 8 o’clock positions. 

The anal sacs are surrounded by a wall that is lined with many sweat (sebaceous) glands, which make fluid that smells like fish. In addition, the anal sacs also store fluid and the fluid gets released through a small canal or duct. This canal opens just inside of the dog’s anus. 

So, what is the purpose of the anal gland? 

One of the main purposes of the anal gland is to help dogs mark their territory. When dogs secrete their anal sac fluid, they’re trying to let other dogs or animals know of their presence. The anal sac secretion actually contains chemicals or a distinctive odor, which other dogs and animals can smell and detect.

The anal sac fluid is usually squeezed out when your dogs poop. Consequently, your dog’s poop will have a distinctive odor. Our furry friends love to explore and smell the world around them. In this way, it’s no wonder why they love to smell another dog’s poop. 

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There are times when the sacs can not excrete the fluid on their own because the ducts that allow the release of the fluid become inflamed. As a result, the sacs get clogged, plugged, or impacted.

If this is happening to your canine friends, don’t fret. Anal sac disease is actually quite common in dogs. When the fluid continues to stay inside the sacs, they start to thicken and it’s the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Consequently, the anal sacs then start to become bloated and swollen. 

As the anal sacs continue to fill up with thick fluid, they will become inflamed and filled with pus. This is known as an anal sac abscess. 

All of this can lead to discomfort, pain, and even itchiness. When the anal glands become overly filled for quite a while, they can burst or become infected, which can lead to other serious health issues.  

Additionally, it can be agonizing for your canine friends to poop. 

Thus, if you find your dogs scooting their bottom across the floor several times a day for at least two or three days, then it may be that they are having anal sac-related problems. Some dogs may also lick their rear ends continuously throughout the day or chase their tail.

Dogs may be having constipation

When dogs are having a difficult time pooping, it can be painful and discomforting. In order to temporarily relieve some of that discomfort, they will scoot their butt across the floor. 

If you notice your pups are not pooping during their daily walks and they start to scoot on the floor or carpet once they’re home, then it could be due to their diet. Sometimes a simple diet change or adjustment is enough to get your dog pooping again. 

In our home remedies section below, we will discuss diet changes and adjustments in more detail. You can scroll to that section now or keep reading to find out other reasons that are causing your dogs to scoot their butt on your floor or carpet. 

Poop or dirt on your dog’s bottom

On the other hand, if your pups are pooping and they’re scooting after pooping, then it could be that there are loose stools left on their behind. This usually occurs when your canine friends have loose or watery diarrhea. 

Sometimes, the loose feces can get stuck on your dog’s behind or get stuck on the hair around your dog’s butt. 

If your pooch has been playing in the backyard or at the dog park and accidentally sat in another dog’s poop or something dirty, it can also cause your dog’s rear end to become itchy and irritated. 
You’ll want to check their rear end and see if there’s anything there. This could be dirt, poop, or any other type of debris.

If you have a dog with a long coat such as a long haired Chihuahua or a long haired Dachshund, then you’ll want to trim their hair to prevent dirt or poop from sticking onto the hair or near the rear end.

Intestinal parasite infection

Another reason you’re seeing your dog scooting after pooping or noticing that your dog has an itchy butt could be due to an intestinal parasite infection. 

When dogs have intestinal parasite infections, it not only causes gastrointestinal-related issues in your furry friends, but it can be why your dog is scooting across the floor or carpet. 

What’s dangerous about having an intestinal parasite infection is that it’s not something that pet owners can spot and identify right away. 

Unlike the ability to spot a dried dead tick on dog, it’s only when your pups begin to experience gastrointestinal-related issues that pet owners start trying to figure out what the problem is. And by that time, there may already be an infestation and it has become quite severe. 

As mentioned above, the most common intestinal parasites include the following:

  • Tapeworms.
  • Roundworms.
  • Whipworms. 
  • Coccidia.
  • Hookworms.
  • Giardia. 

After your dog has done his business, you may see white specks in dog poop or worms moving around in their poop. It is also possible that the worms are moving around their butt area which is causing their rear end to itch. 

The constant itchiness can cause discomfort and your canine friends want to relieve that discomfort and itch by dragging his bottom or sitting on his bum. 

The life cycle for each type of worm varies. Also, adult roundworms can live in a host for up to 2 years while adult tapeworms can live for up to 30 years in a host. 

Therefore, if you see your canine friends scooting their butt on your carpet or floor incessantly throughout the day and this is happening for more than a day or two, you may want to check their feces or butt area to see if there are worms.

If you do see parasites, we highly recommend that you contact your vet right away. Your vet will provide you with the best deworming treatment depending on what type of worms were found in your furry friends. 

When my dogs had an intestinal parasite infection last year, our vet recommended this deworming treatment. It was effective and was able to remove the tapeworm in their bodies.

Allergies

Our canine companions can also become allergic to certain food or seasonal changes over time. For instance, some dogs can suddenly get wheat allergy or soy allergy after constant wheat or soy consumption.

Some allergies can also cause skin diseases in dogs such as yeast dermatitis or Malassezia dermatitis. When there’s abnormal yeast overgrowth on your dog’s skin, it can lead to skin inflammation or dermatitis.  

When dogs have a yeast infection, it can cause itchy, dry, and flakey skin which can cause your dog to scoot his bottom. 

If you notice your dog is scooting and suspect it may be due to some allergic reactions or allergies, contact your vet as soon as you can and inform the vet of your dog’s diet. There may be something he is eating that is causing allergic reactions and itchy, dry skin which is causing him to scoot.  

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Next, we will go over 10 easy Home Remedies for Dog Scooting.

10 Easy Home Remedies For Dog Scooting

  1. Clean your dog’s bottom regularly. 
  2. Anti-inflammatory treatments like witch hazel can provide some relief to your dog’s sore bottoms.
  3. Use your fingers to express your dog’s anal glands.
  4. Apply warm compresses to your dog’s inflamed anal glands.
  5. Keep track of your dog’s weight.
  6. Keep your dogs hydrated, add water to your dog’s kibble, and have them drink lots of water.
  7. Feed your dog a fibrous diet.
  8. Add probiotic-rich food to your dog’s diet, including probiotic supplements or treats.
  9. Apply fish oil to reduce inflamed and swollen anal glands. 
  10. Exercise, exercise, exercise!

Let’s go over these home remedies for dog scooting in more detail.

Clean your dog’s bottom on a regular basis

If you notice your dog scooting on floor or your dog scooting bottom on floor after pooping, the good news is it could simply be that your canine friend’s butt is dirty. 

When there are dirt, mud, or feces stuck on the butt area and it’s been sitting there for more than an hour or two, it can cause itchiness and lead to discomfort in dogs. 

Perhaps your canine friends were playing in the backyard and accidentally sat down on dog poop that wasn’t picked up or discarded from the day before. Overnight, the doggy poop was infested with ticks and fleas and now in addition to the dog poop on your dog’s rear end, there may be a tick or two there as well that’s causing your dog’s butt to itch. 

As a natural reaction, your furry friends will scoot their butt across your floor to alleviate this discomfort.

We highly recommend that you clean your furry friend’s rear end if you notice him scooting on the floor.

Many suggest using warm water and soap to wash your dog’s bottom, however, we recommend using a dog shampoo that not only cleanses and gets rid of fungal infections, heavy metals, and toxins, but also helps soften rough, dry, and flakey skin. 

Choosing the right dog shampoo that leaves your dog feeling and smelling fresh with healthy and moisturized skin and coat is important. It will help to alleviate that itchy bottom and your dog will no longer need to scoot his butt across the floor. 

For many busy dog owners, using a doggy wipe is a great alternative. Be sure to use a wipe that is geared for your dog’s skin and coat. A simple wipe down of your dog’s rear bottom can help to remove poop, dirt, and mud.

While wiping down your dog’s rear end or cleaning his bottom with a dog shampoo, be sure to check for any ticks, fleas, or other parasites that may have attached themselves to your dog’s bottom. 

Parasites like ticks will attach themselves to your dog’s butt, face, neck, ears, and paws and will stay there for days as they feed on your canine friends. When they fall off, your dog may start to develop red, itchy, and inflamed skin that looks like red splotches or red dots. 

If your dog has a long coat, you’ll want to trim the coat around the rear end area so it’s easier for you to spot any ticks or parasites. Parasites love to hide in dark warm places and your dog’s rear end with his long coat could be the ideal place. 

If you do spot a worm, make sure to clean your dog’s bottom thoroughly. If you spot an engorged tick feeding near your dog’s bottom, you’ll want to carefully remove it. Don’t yank it, use anti-tick spray, or apply ointments. Doing any of this could actually distress the tick and cause it to release disease-causing bacteria through its saliva. 

Plus, if you attempt to yank it, the body of the tick may come off while its head may still be buried in your dog’s skin. 

If you’re grossed out by the idea of using your own fingers (which we don’t recommend) to get rid of the tick or fleas, try using a pointy tweezer or a tick twister. You’ll want to put on a pair of latex gloves as well. 

Handy Hint: For a step-by-step direction on what to do if you spot a tick on your dog and how to remove it, check out Engorged Tick Fell Off Dog: Here’s What To Do! where we explain what you’ll need to successfully remove the tick.

Anti-inflammatory treatments like witch hazel can provide some relief to your dog’s sore bottoms

When my Chihuahua started scooting last year, her rear end started becoming very red and inflamed. I could see that she had a sore bottom. I decided to contact my dog’s vet and she suggested using witch hazel. 

Yes, you read that right! This witch hazel beauty product can temporarily relieve sore bottoms and skin irritation that’s caused by excessive dog scooting.

If you already have witch hazel, go ahead and moisten a few cleansing pads or cotton balls with witch hazel. You’ll then want to gently apply and wipe your dog’s sore bottom with the cleansing pad or cotton ball. 

The anti-inflammatory property in witch hazel helps to relieve the itchiness, inflammation, and soreness in your dog’s rear end that’s caused by scooting so much. 

There are plenty of witch hazel options on the market. So which one is the best for your furry friends? You’ll want to choose an unscented, natural, and alcohol-free witch hazel to help soothe and provide relief to your canine friend’s sore rear end. 

Alcohol-free witch hazel is the best option because it doesn’t dry out or burn your furry friends’ sore bottom. Be careful when using witch hazel that does contain alcohol. Witch hazels that contain alcohol usually contain a chemical called astringent, which can get rid of some of that natural oil in your dog’s skin and this can cause further dryness and irritated skin. Additionally, this type of witch hazel may have a bitter or acidic taste. 

If we know our furry friends, we know that they will try to lick their sore or wounded area and if you apply witch hazel that contains alcohol or astringent, they may taste the bitterness.

Use your fingers to express your dog’s anal glands

For first-time dog owners, using your fingers to express your dog’s anal glands may sound scary, intimidating, and tricky. However, learning how to do so is very helpful especially when your dog’s anal glands become inflamed regularly. 

Below, we will go over how to express your dog’s anal glands at home so don’t fret! For now, it’s important to note that you should not express your dog’s anal glands regularly if he’s not scooting. That’s because doing so can actually cause infections and inflammation. 

If you notice your dog is scooting every now and then due to inflammation or infection of the anal glands, then you can go ahead and express his anal glands yourself. 

We highly recommend that you have your dog’s vet or a professional groomer do this for you and show you how it’s done if you’ve never done this before or don’t feel comfortable. 

If you’re feeling brave and this is your first time expressing your dog’s anal gland, don’t worry. We have you covered!

In this next section, we’ll go over how to express dog anal glands at home.

How to express your dog’s anal glands at home

Just a heads up, expressing your dog’s anal glands for the first time will neither be fun nor a pleasant experience. However, after you’ve done this a few times, it will not be so bad. 

If you think you’re going to vomit or gag expressing your dog’s anal glands, it’s a good idea to ask one of your family members to do it.  

Here’s what you’ll need to successfully express your dog’s anal glands: 

  • Witch hazel or Epsom salt.
  • A sink or bathtub.
  • A pair of gloves.
  • Vaseline.
  • Water.

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Resources:

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/canine-care/ac-aid-intestinal-parasites-in-dogs.pdf

https://hospital.vetmed.wsu.edu/2021/12/03/anal-sac-disease/

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