GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF ISSUES
Why does my dog drag its bottom on the ground? It’s common to see dogs doing this and there are lots of reasons why they may be doing so.
It’s usually nothing to worry about, but in some cases it could be a sign of an underlying issue.
Dogs will routinely lick and clean this area as part of their normal routine, but when this becomes excessive and they start causing damage to the skin, further investigation is required.
The area around your dog’s anus is a sensitive piece of skin and quite prone to being irritated or getting a secondary skin infection.
It’s also a very popular place for fleas to live. Owners often expect dogs to scratch around their head when they have fleas. Instead we will often find fleas in this area.
This area is also prone to becoming inflamed as part of your dog’s normal allergic response.
Dogs get a disease similar to eczema where the skin becomes red, inflamed and cracked as a result of allergy — set off by pollens, grasses or even foods.
Intestinal worms are another cause of bottom dragging in dogs.
It’s unpleasant to think about but parasitic worms go through several life stages and can reproduce in the intestinal tract and then pass out eggs or larvae at the end.
This can be quite irritating for your dog, leading to it scratching and licking its back end.
Another reason can be problems with the anal glands — two small pea-sized sacs that are attached to the anus.
The job of these glands is to produce a scent when a dog passes faeces.
Because of their sac-like nature, anal glands are prone to irritation and infections.
An unnoticed anal gland infection can even become blocked and then a deep abscess can form, which can be very painful.
If your dog is dragging its bottom on the ground and it becomes red, has open cracks or weeping, then it needs to be seen by your vet.