|I’m often asked by pet owners what to do when their dogs are scooting on the carpet. Usually the best thing to do is to take the pet to the veterinarian, as this usually means that their pet’s anal sacs are likely impacted/blocked and most likely need to be manually expressed. On occasion if the sacs are not expressed, then they can rupture or develop a draining abscess that can be quite painful.|
Normally dogs will release contents of anal sacs when they defecate, however sometimes the anal sacs can become clogged because of lack of exercise or not enough fiber in the diet. Sometimes adding a teaspoon or two of Metamucil or canned pumpkin to the food can help keep the sacs empty.
Many veterinarians or groomers can show guardians how to manually express the sacs at home, which are located at 4 and 8 o’clock if the anal opening is viewed as a clock. If the sacs are not impacted, sometimes scooting can indicate worms, so with either case a veterinary exam or possible stool check is usually indicated.