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Why Do Dogs Drag Their Butts?

Your dog’s habit of dragging his rear end along the floor may be embarrassing and frustrating, but there is probably a good reason for it! Dogs drag their rear end because it itches, and there is usually an underlying reason for the itching. Here are the main reasons why dogs drag their rear ends:

Anal Sac Disease (ASD) in Dogs

Anal Sac Disease is the most common anal disorder in dogs, occurring when the anal sacs become impacted, infected, or abscessed. These small glands, located at the five and seven o'clock positions around the anus, release a foul-smelling liquid used for marking territory. When these sacs do not empty properly, they can cause discomfort, leading dogs to drag their rear ends to find relief.

Symptoms of ASD:

  • Scooting or dragging the anus on the ground

  • Excessive licking or biting at the tail head region

  • Sudden jumping or yelping in pain

  • Periodically staring at the anal area

Stages of ASD:

  1. Anal Sacculitis: Characterized by pain and discharge from the glands, often with greenish-yellow or creamy-yellow secretion.

  2. Impaction: Thick, pasty brown or grayish secretion that blocks the gland.

  3. Anal Sac Abscess: When the gland bursts through the skin, resulting in a discharging sinus or abscess.

Fecal Contamination

Diarrhea or constipation can cause fecal contamination, leading to irritation and itching. This is more common in long-haired breeds where feces can get caught in the hair around the anus.


  • Trim the dirty hair and clean the area with warm water.

  • Address underlying issues of diarrhea or constipation.

Tapeworms or Pinworms in Dogs

Tapeworms or pinworms can cause itching when segments crawl around the rectal area. These segments, resembling tiny grains of rice, can be seen around the dog's anus.


  • Deworming with appropriate medications.

  • Follow-up treatments to ensure complete clearance.

Perianal Fistula in Dogs

Perianal fistula is a painful condition with multiple draining tracts around the anal area. It is believed to have an autoimmune component and is difficult to manage.


  • Hair removal and perianal cleansing with antiseptic solutions.

  • Medication such as Prednisone, possibly combined with antibiotics.

  • Surgical options may be considered but often lead to recurrence.

Conclusion dogs

If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential to consult with a veterinarian. Proper diagnosis and treatment can alleviate your pet's discomfort and prevent further complications. For more information on canine health and care, visit

Why Do Dogs Drag Their Butts?
Why Do Dogs Drag Their Butts?


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