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It's a valid question and this whole butt scooting business is actually quite common, so don't freak out. There are quite a few reasons why your dog or cat might be butt scooting on the ground. Here's a list of the most obvious reasons why this might be happening.
Dogs and cats both have special glands located just inside their anus. These glands are called anal glands and they release a very stinky and strong smelling secretion. The fluid released from your pets' anal glands comes out naturally when they use bathroom. It helps them mark their territory.
Sometimes, the fluid in these glands becomes thick and pasty and gets stuck. This can cause problems for your pet because it can be uncomfortable or even rupture. In an attempt to relieve themselves, your dog or cat might start butt scooting. This is a big sign that your pet's anal glands need to be expressed.
Here's a tutorial on how to do it yourself, if you're feeling brave. If not, most groomers and veterinarians offer this service.
I'd say the 2nd most common reason for butt scooting is tapeworms. After all, no one wants worms coming out of their butt so I think butt scooting is acceptable, if you're a dog or cat.
Tapeworms are easy to diagnose and get rid off. Usually a single pill or injection of Praziquantel from your vet will clear them up. If you want to know more about tapeworms and how dogs and cats get them, read this.
Fecal Matter Stuck in Fur
Sometimes, fecal matter might get stuck on fur especially in long haired dogs and cats. Sadly, I've actually seen dried poop balls so badly stuck in a dog's fur that it's a wonder how the dog was ever able to go to the bathroom.
If this is the problem, it's an easy fix. For extremely matted fur, I would suggest contacting a groomer or veterinarian for a grooming session. It's easy to cut a dog or cat's skin if you don't know what you're doing.
This problem is also very easy to prevent. If you ask your veterinarian or groomer for a "hygiene clip" they will shave and trim some of the fur around your pet's anus.
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So if your dog or cat has ever dragged their butt on the floor in front of your dinner party guests before, don't worry - you're not the only one this has happened to. Embarrassing? A little bit. But the reasons that cause the butt scooting in your pet are almost always easily fixable. And sometimes, nothing is wrong. They just have an itchy butt.