(Scoot, scoot, scoot) Scoot Your Booty

Ah, the dreaded butt-drag.  Every pet owner has experienced it.  But what does it mean? Don’t ignore it!  If your dog is carpet surfing, there is a reason.  Here are the most common causes:

  • Anal sacs Booty-ScooterAll dogs and cat have little sacs right inside the rectum that contain a stinky fluid.  Normally this fluid is expressed when your pet has a bowel movement.  Sometimes the glands can become clogged or infected, however, resulting in a very irritating pressure that can be painful. You can help avoid this by bringing your pet in for grooming, which can include anal gland expression.
  • Parasites – Intestinal parasites such as tapeworms can cause irritation around the rectum, resulting in scooting.
  • Allergies – Allergies, in particular food allergies, can cause an itchy behind.  Give us a call if you suspect this may be the case for your pet.
  • Irritation – Anything irritating such as debris stuck in the hair around the rectum or inflammation secondary to diarrhea can result in your pet dragging or licking at its bottom excessively.
  • Fleas – Fleas love to hang out around the back half of the animal, which can sometimes result in scooting.  Fleas can also carry tapeworms, another culprit!

So next time you catch your pet dragging its rear end on your white rug, don’t yell at him or her-  Make an appointment to get it checked out!  Your dog or cat is trying to tell you something!

Itchy Skin

Nothing is more frustrating than an itchy pet. And there are few things that look more miserable. There are many causes for a scratching animal, but here are some of the more common offenders:

  • Bugs!  Fleas are the most common offenders, but other organisms like mites can also cause your pet to scratch.
  • Irritation: That shampoo you bathed Fido with or the lavender scented detergent that you washed Fluffy’s bed in may smell great to you, but for some pets these things can be very irritating.  You are often best off to use fragrance-free products and gentle shampoos.
  • Allergies: Pets can be allergic to anything that people can, and most of the time their allergies rear their ugly head as itchiness. Food, grass, dust, even cat dander can cause your pet to be itchy.  If you suspect your pet may have an allergy, consult with your veterinarian for the best was to relieve the symptoms.
  • Skin infections: Infections can occur for a variety of reasons, but they most skin infections are irritating! Often medications are needed to get rid of infection and make your pet comfortable.

If your pet is scratching, it might be a good idea to have a vet take a closer look. Feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.

 

Good Grooming

Keeping up with the grooming basics doesn’t have to be a big event.  Make sure you keep up with the following and your pet will be in tip-top shape.

  • Coat: Depending on your pet’s hair, this may require minimal attention to daily care. Brushing helps to prevent mats and spreads out natural coat oils. It can even minimize hairballs. Most animals require brushing at least once a week, but longer haired critters may need to be brushed daily.
  • Ears: Examine the inside of your pet’s ears frequently to catch symptoms of a problem such as pain, discharge, or redness early on.  Your veterinarian can show you how to gently clean the insides of the ears and recommend a good cleanser.
  • Eyes: Gently cleaning the corners of the eyes with a damp cloth can prevent buildup. Products may be recommended for animals with tear-staining. Also, be sure long hair on the face is not irritating the eyes- if so it may be time for a professional trim.
  • Teeth: Many of our pets have dental problems. The best way to ward these off is by brushing their teeth regularly. Veterinary toothpastes and brushes are available- never use human toothpaste!  Your vet can demonstrate how to take care of your pet’s pearly whites.
  • Nails: Too-long nails can cause un-natural stresses on the foot, break or snag, and even grow into the paw pads. Animals require frequent trimmings to keep their feet healthy. Trim with clippers made for animals and avoid cutting too much and cutting the blood vessel in the nail.

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