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I know there's been lots of posts about scooting and Anal glands...but Polly scoots--that is, she tucks up her hind legs and pulls herself forward on her front legs...
Now I've checked her glands to the best of my ability, and I don't see anything that looks like what people have described.
Could it be something else? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif
I forgot to ask when I dropped her off at the vet this morning for her spaying...I hope I remember tomorrow when I pick her up?
 

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Please do ask tomorrow -- it might be that she has "stuff" in her anal glands that is too thick to get out with at-home expressing. Vets are necessarily thick-skinned and are able to really express the glands completely which sometimes requires more pressure than we'd like to inflict on our pups ourselves. Other possibilities are worms or an itchy spot on her butt. How are you doing without Ms. Polly at home? Hang in there -- she'll be back soon!
 

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Leave it to the vet, or at least have them do it once and show you how to do it correctly and then do it at home after that. It can be quite an uncomfortable experience for both of you if you don't know exactly what you're doing.

Worms could be another reason why they scoot. Consider having a fecal exam done on her.

Can you call them and leave a message on their answering machine or something so that even if you do forget maybe someone there won't?
 

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Both Booker and Moose have now had their anal glands removed and yet they still "scoot" from time to time - I really think they just like the feel of it... sort of like a really good scratch - and I'm certainly not going to scratch them there!!!
 

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Just a thought: From time to time, the area around Shiloh's "pee spot" becomes red and irritated looking. The vet explanined it as being something like diaper rash caused by the area not getting completely dry. It must be itcy too, because she does a version of the butt scootin boogie that is a bit different from the anal glad problem. I think she is trying to get at that spot. Maybe Polly is also trying to scratch a different itch!!
 

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Quote:Originally posted by Genie:
The vet explanined it as being something like diaper rash caused by the area not getting completely dry.
Genie -- get a jar of "Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash Cream" -- it is in the baby aisle of drugstores/grocery stores. It is a small white jar. It works like a charm! My vet, who has two sets of young twins and is very familiar with diaper rash, recommended it for Maggie. It must really feel good going on as Maggie sees me getting the jar out and rolls over and lifts her leg!
 

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Thanks, Judy, I believe you mentioned this to me before, and I forgot to check on it. I wanted to ask though: is it greasy? A tech at my vets suggested vaseline ointment, but I wondered how putting something that greasy and sticky would work. Wouldn't dirt, pet hair, etc. (though I can't imagine how something like that would get on my floor :eyes: ) stick to her bottom when she sits down?
 

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Cecil and Brandy do that when they have to go, but are trying to hold back. Sometimes when they get up from a nap or first thing in the morning, they will sit/scoot. I take them out and they immediately poop. Sometimes they have done it on the grass immediately after pooping like using toilet paper. They get checked regularly for worms and behind stuff and it's just what the girls do when they need to go, but just really don't want to have to do it right then.
 

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of course, in all the commotion of picking her up, I completely forgot. :freak: She has to go back to remove the sutures...I will call ahead of time and have them check her out.
I do think that once I caught her doing it and then I let her out and she did poop right away... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif
 

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4 things can cause this movement:
1- Worms. If she has not been dewormed in the past 6 months, I would simply deworm her.
2- Anal gland problem. You may be able to see if they need to be emptied but you cannot see if they are mildly infected. Only a vet can tell you that.
3- Foreign object. Your dog may be trying to pass something he swallowed although he should not have...
4- Personal pleasure :rolleyes: This is more likely in males.
 

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Quote:Originally posted by Genie:
I wanted to ask though: is it greasy? Wouldn't dirt, pet hair, etc.stick to her bottom when she sits down?
Genie -- Dr. Smith's is very creamy and it is quickly absorbed into the skin. I put it on and then rub Maggie's belly for a few minutes. (Hmmm ... maybe that's why she likes me to put it on!) There is no residue so nothing can get stuck to it (of course, just like in your house, my carpets/floors are always perfectly clean ...). I suppose that, if I put it on and Maggie immediately got up and sat on the carpet, some of the cream might come off onto the carpet. Haven't had that happen yet.
 

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Vinny only "scoots" when his glands are full. The sure fire way to tell if its anal glads is by the smell. The smell is very noticeable and smells like dead, rotting fish. :freak:
 

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Finally got Polly back to the vet to remove her staples, and check out the scooting. They did her anal glands ($8), and that was it. Did not tell my husband if it would be an on-going problem. :rolleyes:

but her spay wound is healing nicely.
PLEASE get potty-trained Polly! I am tired of picking up your presents, and mopping up your Polly Puddles.... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
 
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