Kirby, my punk Chihuahua, started incessantly licking his ass. Morning, noon, and night butt licking. On the first day, I thought maybe he just had a tickle in his bum. I thought not much of it and let him proceed, thinking that if it was a hair, then surely he would poop it out eventually.
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Is Licking a Sign of Anal Gland Problems? - Glandex
They seem to serve no purpose to the health of a dog other than marking and identification. They tag his body and his feces as belonging to him. Dogs drag their rears along the ground because of itching or pain around the anal area. This behavior can sometimes be a normal method of removing debris or a passing itch, but any dog that scoots more than occasionally may have a problem. Some dogs routinely lick their private areas and you will know if your dog normally does this. Licking from anal gland issues will be frequent and intense, since it is driven by discomfort and it will often be difficult to distract your dog from it.
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Toby, a 9 year old beagle, was smearing brownish, disgusting, smelly goo all over the carpet and the couch. In addition to dragging his butt on the floor and furniture, Toby was constantly licking his behind. The entire house was a smelly mess.
You certainly have a dog with an itchy bottom so what could be the cause and what can you do to help? A trip to the vet is probably needed to determine exactly what's causing the problem but the most common causes are:. The anal glands are two small glands located around the opening of a dog's bottom and are partly responsible for the foul smell of dog poo! For us humans, all poo smells the same - pretty gross.