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Old 09-30-2009, 01:51 PM
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Misty has started rubbing her butt on the carpet. She never used to do this, but now I see her do it several times a day. Her rear does not look irritated at all so the only thing I can think of is worms, but I haven't seen any. I've spent a small fortune on vet bills for all my pets over the past couple of months, so I'd like to have an idea of what I'm dealing with before I take her in and have them charge me $50 to just look at her and say her skin is dry or something simple. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, I'd like to avoid a vet trip if possible but if I can't I'll take her in the next day or so.
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:59 PM
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How big of a dog is she? Small dogs will do the butt rubbing routine sometimes when they need their anal glands expressed.
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:14 PM
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How big of a dog is she? Small dogs will do the butt rubbing routine sometimes when they need their anal glands expressed.

She's about 60 pounds

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Old 09-30-2009, 02:30 PM
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Glands are still a possibility but a lot less likely in a big dog. Do ask your vet to check them when you go in just in case. If her skin was dry she'd probably be chewing on her butt, not rubbing it on the floor. Worms is another possibility, try looking at her poo next time she goes and look for little white rice like worm segments or spaghetti like roundworms.

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Old 09-30-2009, 02:56 PM
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anal glands would be my suspicion, in any size dog.
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Old 09-30-2009, 03:00 PM
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Sounds like we'll definitely have to take a trip to the vet, this obviously isn't something I can take care of myself

Poor pup isn't going to be happy!

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Old 09-30-2009, 03:04 PM
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Any sized dog can have anal gland issues, and the most common way for them to try and express them on their own without a BM is the scooting action. You can feel yourself if you are brave enough. Located at 4 and 8 o'clock are where the glands are located beside the anus. If you feel two full small sized balls then they need to be expressed.
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Old 09-30-2009, 05:41 PM
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Zoe is 56 pounds and needs her glands expressed a couple times a year
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:13 PM
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Well I'm definitely not brave enough to try checking myself! I guess I've always been lucky, I've only had one animal that needed it done before so it hadn't even crossed my mind.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:45 PM
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its really easy to do!
I do it about.... 6 or 7 times a day! So I am a pro

(i am a dog groomer, and we do anal glands. most dogs need it EVERY time we see them, thats about every 6 to 8 weeks)
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