Is it normal for a dog to scoot before they poop. My puppy does this sometimes before he poops. Should i mention this to the vet the next time i go?
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Yes, take a fresh stool sample to the vet with you. They will also probably get a fresh sample from the anus of the dog. Just to make sure it's not worms. Since a sign of worm infestation is a itchy anus. Usually a dog that scoots shows they have swollen or irritated anal glands, and they will need to be expressed. I recommend the vet doing it, because when the fluids come out it has a horrible fish like smell to it.It occurs more frequently in smaller breeds. Sometimes grooming can also irritate the glands and anal area. You can simply check to see if they are swollen by putting on a pair of disposable gloves apply some lubricant and feel inside the anus with your index finger on the inside and your thumb on the outside. They will be to the lower left and right just inside the anus. They should feel like large swollen round cyst if they are irritated. Size would depend on the breed, and if they are sore the dog will let you know real fast.