Scooting is when a dog drags its anus along the ground and it’s is almost always a sign something is irritating your dog. What’s behind that irritation can range from infection to worms to inflammation.
Scooting is an anal sac disease. First, let’s understand what scooting is in detail. This is the dragging of the anus with the hind limbs in an extended state. Parasites causing irritation in the anus regions lead to such type of actions in animals like dogs.
However, one should not be under the impression that it is the parasite that alone causes such scooting in the case of dogs. There are many occasions in which the dog may have the scooting without any parasite based etiological agent. For example, anal gland infections, tumors at the anus, and injuries near the anal regions also may lead to such type of dragging of anus region, frequently by the affected dogs.
The sight of a dog dragging his butt across the floor might make you laugh, but dog scooting can be a sign that something is wrong.
Flea bite allergy often causes irritation at the anus region and the animal may try to bite the anus region and the irritations due to these factors lead to the final dragging of the anus region on the ground. Cestodiasis in dogs is the condition caused by tapeworms.
On such occasions, if the animal is not treated in time, the animal may be seen exhibiting the scooting activities. Tapeworm segments passed in the stool create crawling like activities near the anus.
Such crawling activities of the tapeworm segments lead to severe itching at these regions. Hence, to make relief from this type of constant irritation, the animal starts pressing the anus region on the ground first and then tries to drag it on the ground with a typical extension of rear limbs.
Usually, there is a packet of eggs when the fecal sample is examined by a microscope. However, the flotation technique leads to the breakage of these packets to burst, and hence, diagnosis is difficult on such occasions. Scooting dogs need to be examined to rule out tapeworm segments, which look like rice-like pieces.
These segments are white in color and turn yellow when taken from the body. Tapeworms themselves may be seen in the motion or near anus below the tail regions. Consult your veterinarian for specific cures for this.
The parasite eggs are extremely tough, immune to most common disinfectants, and survive months to years in the environment. Dogs become infected with the liver form of the parasite, which can be deadly when they consume the parasite’s eggs in coyote, fox and wolf scat.
Symptoms of intestinal parasites
- Diarrhea, with or without blood or mucus.
- Distended abdomen (belly)
- Weight loss.
- Decreased activity.
- Dull coat.
In a dog’s poop, they look like white, firm, rounded strips of spaghetti, one to three inches long. Your veterinarian will look for signs of roundworms in the stool sample. Some of the symptoms of roundworm are coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, or malnourishment. Roundworms can infect other dogs and children.
When intestinal worms take up residence in a dog’s digestive tract, they disrupt his body’s ability to absorb nutrients. This spells sickness for any dog, but it poses a special risk for growing puppies, who are more likely than older dogs to contract intestinal worms. For the pet owner who wishes to fight the problem naturally, pumpkin seeds can act as a dewormer.
For centuries, North Americans have used pumpkin seeds to treat intestinal worms in people. Pumpkin seeds offer a safe, natural way to treat your dog at home. They contain an amino acid called cucurbitin, which weakens intestinal worms. With repeated doses, worms die off and are expelled from the body. Evidence suggests that dogs can eat pumpkin seeds without side effects or interactions with other medications they may be taking.
Pumpkin seeds eliminate intestinal worms most effectively when they are freshly ground. This means that you should grind pumpkin seeds immediately before administering them to your dog. Recommended doses range from 60 grams for a small dog to 500 grams for a large dog, given three times daily. The ground seeds can be administered directly to the dog or added to wet or dry food. This should continue until all intestinal worms are gone.
Pumpkin seeds provide other health benefits to your dog besides ridding him of intestinal worms. They contain protein, fiber, amino acids, vitamins B3 and B9, and minerals such as potassium, copper, zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Such nutrient-rich food is beneficial to your dog on any occasion. However, after infection with intestinal worms, pumpkin seeds are especially beneficial for replenishing nutrients your dog’s body may have lost.