Why is my Dog Dragging his Butt on Ground?

People don’t like it when dogs rub their butt on the floor, they feel embarrassed and usually fight with them, but there are reasons for it to do so. Mostly there is an irritation in the anus region that can occur for several reasons, see which ones:

1- Problems in the anal glands: dogs have glands in the anus region, which serve both for lubrication and to exhale the smell that is responsible for communication with other dogs. Sometimes these glands become inflamed, and the dog drags his butt on the floor in an attempt to resolve the discomfort.

2- Diarrhea or constipation: Both diarrhea when a trapped intestine can cause irritation or even hurt the anal area, and thereby bring itching and discomfort to the animal that starts to scratch the anus by dragging it on the floor.

3- Worms: especially tapeworms can cause this itch in the anus region of the animal, keep an eye on the feces, if you see something white, consult the vet.

4- Hygienic grooming and skin irritation: it is common for dogs more allergic after hygienic grooming to have a local irritation, this is because the grooming blade is passed on the skin, causing the problem. If you notice that after a few days of grooming your dog starts rubbing his butt on the floor, that will probably be the problem.

5- Rectal prolapse: In more severe cases of constipation and diarrhea, rectal prolapse may occur, that is, the final part of the intestine exits through the anus, causing pain, and a lot of discomfort in the animal that can drag the butt on the floor. like sitting, not wanting to get up.

Some dogs, at some stage in life , begin to drag their butt on the floor, as if it is itching. It can often be a worm , which causes itching in the anus region. Another very common reason is that he may need his anal glands to be squeezed / emptied. Your dog may still have something stuck in its butt, some piece of grass, tick, feces or hair. First of all, check if there is anything that is bothering your dog.

Emptying the anal glands is a simple procedure that you can do at home. If your dog is angry, we recommend that you place a muzzle on it before the procedure.


– If you have any questions or concerns regarding this procedure,consult your veterinarian before trying .
– Get enough paper towels to be able to repeat the process several times until finished.
– Dogs in general will become more electric after the procedure is completed.
– and the liquid is pasty or bloody, you should consult your veterinarian to see if there is no infection.
– Smaller dogs will have to go through this procedure more often than larger dogs.
– Increasing fiber intake can help the dog to expel the contents of its anal glands normally, reducing the need to undergo this procedure.

Some dogs have the strange habit of dragging their butts on the floor. Some people believe that it is for hygiene – to be “clean” – but, in fact, the reason is another…

A dog tends to drag its butt on the ground when it feels itchy in this region. Although they are not the only reasons for this, there are two main reasons for the problem: intestinal worms or inflammation of the adrenal glands .

Intestinal Worms

There is a type of intestinal worm that affects dogs, called Dipylidium caninum . It is a flat worm, from the tapeworm family, which causes some intestinal problems, such as gas, colic, diarrhea, and weight loss due to the malabsorption of nutrients. This worm releases its proglottids (body segments of tapeworms) full of eggs along with the dog’s feces. The proglottids look like rice grains, which can stick to the feces or to the region around the dog’s anus. Its presence makes the animal feel itchy, which is why it rubs its butt on the floor.


The dog becomes infected with Dipylidium caninum  by ingesting fleas. More rarely, humans can also be affected by this worm – especially babies and young children. To prevent the problem, it is necessary to keep the dog free of fleas, and collect the animal’s feces frequently, so that they are not contaminating the environment where it lives. If the worms happen, you need to treat the dog with worms.

Adanal Glands (or anal glands)

The adanal glands are glands that are next to the dog’s anus, and produce a secretion with a characteristic odor for each animal (that is why dogs usually smell each other’s butts). These glands can inflame or even become infected, causing pain and discomfort. The causes for this problem include: diarrhea, allergies, inadequate drainage of the glands, and in some cases, there is no known cause. When this happens, it is possible to observe an increase in volume around the anus, which may or may not have a dark discharge.

Due to the discomfort caused by this condition, the dog tries to sit up quickly and frequently, licks himself, and rubs his butt on the floor. To prevent the problem, it is recommended to use good quality foods and rich in fiber, so that the stools are firm and help to drain the glands naturally. As already mentioned in another article (read: “ Leave My Butt Alone! ”), Manual drainage of the glands as a routine procedure is contraindicated, and should be reserved for some specific cases of infection or impaction of the glands (when drainage does not occurs naturally). Treatment usually includes the use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, with some cases requiring surgery.


Other Causes For Anal Itching

In addition to intestinal worms and problems with the adrenal glands, the dog may feel itchy in the butt area for other reasons. A recent “hygienic grooming”, for example, can irritate the skin of some dogs, causing them to scratch or lick shortly after grooming. Allergies in general, fleas and skin infections also cause itching (itching) – although in this case the dog does not only scratch the butt, but also other parts of the body, such as the back, the snout and the paws. All of this can cause the animal to rub its butt on the floor in an attempt to relieve discomfort. The next time your dog does this, be aware: he may have more than just a “strange habit”.

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