No More Scooting with Pet Naturals Scoot Bars

Anal sac problems are often the culprit behind scooting behavior

If you have a dog, at some point you’ve likely seen him sit down and drag his bottom along the carpet or grass. There can be a number of causes for this rather embarrassing behavior commonly referred to as “scooting,” but usually the culprit is your dog’s anal sacs. Dogs have anal sacs or “scent glands” on either side of the anus. These glands produce a strong-smelling oily substance used to mark territory and communicate with other dogs, as well as to provide lubrication when your dog passes stool. When all is working properly, the pressure of a bowel movement causes the anal sacs to empty, releasing a small amount of the substance. The glands can also empty spontaneously, especially when your dog is anxious or under stress such as at the vet’s office.

If your dog isn’t able to empty his anal glands, for example if the stool is too soft, then the glands may become impacted causing your dog discomfort and irritation, and sometimes an abscess may even form. Signs that your dog could have impacted anal sacs include a strong, foul odor, excessive biting or licking around the rectum, and the dreaded scooting. Once your dog’s anal glands become impacted, you will need to bring your dog to the groomer’s or vet’s office to have them expressed.  If you’re very brave you can learn to express your dog’s anal glands yourself, but be warned that this will be a smelly task!

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One way to prevent anal sac problems and scooting behavior is to ensure proper stool consistency with a fiber-containing product such as Pet Naturals Scoot Bars. Scoot bars provide three sources of fiber: larch tree extract, digestion-resistant maltodextrin and pumpkin powder. These ingredients are designed to support healthy anal gland functioning and also provide immune, digestive and colonic support. Even better, Scoot Bars are a great-tasting duck flavored chewable bar that your dog will love; just give one chewable bar per 20 pounds daily.

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  1. Doesn’t fiber soften the stool? How would that help anal gland expression when the culprit is soft stool? My dog has anal gland problems for the past year. She has to get them expressed manually every couple months or so.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 14, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    No one knows why some dogs have persistant anal sac issues, although lack of fiber and exercise is sometimes thought of as possible factors. Fiber acts to regulate the BMs and does not soften the stool, and may help promote emptying of anal sacs.

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  4. Our 18 mo old male bicheon has an obsession with licking his anus and his feet.
    No scooting or other problems. He will stop in mid game to frantically lick his anus. His stool is well formed but not hard, No diarrhea and moves his bowls morning & evening.
    We use Revolution 10-20 # monthly.
    Any ideas?? WE would appreciate any help or suggestions.

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Sounds like combination of anal gland impaction and allergies…Have vet exam and evaluation to express anal glands. Also can consider benadryl at dose of 1 mg per pound twice daily and fatty acid like be well from 1800petmeds.

  6. My little Yorkie, Maggie Mae, had been diagnosed with Melanoma of the mouth. My vet removed a large tumor there and didn’t know if he got it all or not. She isn’t acting sick or isn’t losing any weight. As a matter of fact, she is a little on the chubby side. Is there anything I can give her to maybe keep her from having this return? I really don’t want to lose my little girl. She is12 years old, will be 13 in Jan.

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 8, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I would see a veterinary oncologist as there are often newer treatments coming out for this type of cancer, including recent interest in a vaccination. Chemo and/or radiation may be appropriate. You could try the cancer supplements glucamune and oncosupport from 1800petmeds. I also love transfer factor for pets. To learn more and order some go to

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