May 17, 2011 · Here are three tips for checking your dog's bottom: Visual inspection. Put on a pair of rubber gloves, then lift your dog's tail. The anus and the hair around it should be clean, without an intense smell. Look for swelling, growths, discharge, or injury. Anal sac problems. Scooting is a strong sign that your dog may have anal sac issues. Dogs with anal gland issues will lick their rear or scoot their bottoms on the floor to move things along. The solution: Relieve the anal glands. First, check with your vet to make sure that’s the issue and rule out something more serious.
Many dog owners have experienced that awkward feeling somewhere between embarrassment and annoyance when their dog scoots or drags his bottom across the rug. Because, of course, dogs tend to perform this socially unacceptable behavior in front of as many people as possible and leave their mark behind on the carpet. The most common cause of a dog's urge to scoot across the floor is anal sac impaction. Anal sac impaction is when the anal glands do not empty on their own. There is no clear answer as to why this happens, but It can happen after a bout of loose stools. When it does you or your vet need to drain the sacs for the dog.