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    The Butt Rub

    Help !

    Why do dogs rub their butts on the ground?

    My black lab just started this, she even does it in the snow.

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    Wendy From South Lyon, MI

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    Could be worms or her anal glands need to be expressed. Bring her to the vet, he'll be able to tell you.
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    Whenever my dog did this, it was usually worms
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    worms

    How do dogs get worms ?
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    There is also the possibility of rubbing their butt on the ground to wipe themselves, or if they have a ***********. Ollie likes to do this.
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    I too would either think worms or anal gland expression
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffie18 View Post
    Help !

    Why do dogs rub their butts on the ground?

    My black lab just started this, she even does it in the snow.

    Thanks.....
    Try it, in the front yard, and you'll see why, it feels great

    Anal glands need expressing, or worms. Generally it is an attempt at expressing the anal glands.
    Does your dog have solid poop, or soft pop. Harder firmer stoool heps express the gland, so they do not do the butt slide boogey so often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffie18 View Post
    How do dogs get worms ?
    Dogs can get worms from ingesting something that has worms on it..or if they pick it up on their paws and they lick their paws, they can again get worms. Worms are everywhere! They're not too big of a deal as long as you get them treated for it soon, otherwise it can turn pretty ugly.

    I would take a stool sample to the vet to check for worms first, then if it's not worms, make an appointment to have his anal glands expressed.
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    Cali does this a lot and it has always meant full anal glands. Even after they get expressed she scoots for a day or two until it all settles down. I usually apply warm compresses to her bum after they're expressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reyven View Post
    Dogs can get worms from ingesting something that has worms on it..or if they pick it up on their paws and they lick their paws, they can again get worms. Worms are everywhere! They're not too big of a deal as long as you get them treated for it soon, otherwise it can turn pretty ugly.

    I would take a stool sample to the vet to check for worms first, then if it's not worms, make an appointment to have his anal glands expressed.
    I would get his anal glands expressed FIRST, it is the likely suspect, and if for some reason or another the glands are not expressing on their own, a few days can do a lot of damage if a gland is currently impacted and therefore bothering the dog. I've seen the ins, and outs, and super uglies of this condition first hand.
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