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Infections need special care.

Question: I have noticed that my dog is dragging his bottom along the ground. Is there something I need to be worried about?

Answer: Anal glands infection/anal sac disease is the most common cause for a dog dragging its bottom.

It is very common regardless of size or breed. The anal sacs are two small pouches located on either side of the anus at approximately four o'clock and eight o'clock positions.

The sacs frequently become impacted, usually due to inflammation of the ducts. The secretion within the impacted sacs will thicken and the sacs will become swollen and distended. The first sign is often scooting or dragging the rear along the ground.

Anal sac disease is very painful and usually accompanied by a bad odour. Some dogs will have recurrent anal sac impactions or abscesses.

If you are concerned that your pet may have an anal sac problem, please consult a veterinarian at the earliest. The vet may need to express the sacs and put the animal on a course of antibiotics depending on the severity of the condition.

Dr Hansel Geo Thomas

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Date:Dec 29, 2011
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