Expo table Ziplocal phone book ad Mercola Healthy Pets     Is Your Pooch Prone to Scooting? September 16, 2010 | 116,772 views    14 84 Email to a friend Email  Dog sittingAnal gland problems are more common in small and medium-sized dogs, but large breeds and cats can develop issues as well.  The classic symptom of an inflammation or infection of anal sacs in dogs is ‘scooting.’  A dog will sit and drag or scoot his rear across the ground (grass and carpet are favorite surfaces) in an effort to alleviate the itching and irritation caused by an inflamed, infected or impacted anal gland.  Scooting can signal another problem like a perianal tumor, parasites or irritation caused by diarrhea, but most often the reason is an anal gland problem.  Dr. Becker's Comments:  If your pup is doing the dreaded scoot across the grass or your favorite Oriental rug, take heed. Chances are she’s trying to solve a problem with one or both anal glands.  She may resolve the problem herself if it’s a once in awhile thing, but if she can’t or the problem is recurrent, a trip to the vet is in order.  What are Anal Glands?  Anal glands or sacs sit just inside the rectum of dogs and cats (and other animals), one on either side of the anus at about 8:00 and 4:00 o’clock. The glands secrete a very smelly, oily substance thought to be a territorial marker.  Anal glands are part of the natural design of your dog or cat, and as such, they should do their thing without any assistance from your pet, her groomer, her vet or you. After all, canines and felines in the wild have anal glands and no one around to squeeze them!  A bowel movement of normal consistency should be sufficient to empty the contents of the sacs. But in the case of domesticated dogs and cats, there is often interference caused by stool that is too loose and doesn’t press against the glands during evacuation. This action is necessary to trigger expression of the contents of the sacs.  Overweight pets can have anal gland problems due to insufficient muscle tone and too much fatty tissue.  Certain skin disorders and infections can also affect sac emptying.  In my experience, there are three main reasons anal glands develop problems:  Diet Gland trauma Position of the glands Cause #1: Diet  Without question, the most common cause of anal gland problems is the food you feed your pet.  Since your dog’s or cat’s anal sacs are at the very end of his digestive tract, anything that irritates or causes inflammation of the GI tract can do the same to the anal glands.  The grains in commercial pet food are known allergens and inflammatory agents. If your pet is having recurrent anal gland issues, the first step you should take is to eliminate all grains from his diet.  Read the labels on the food you’re feeding your pet. Stop feeding any formula that contains corn, potato, oatmeal, wheat, rice or soy.  Als July4th-kitty

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