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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Why would a 2 year old little dog drag its along the floor

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Why would a 2 year old little dog drag its butt along the floor it has been wormed a month ago
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
While passing tapeworm segments might cause anal pruritis (itching), you should also be able to see those segments if that were the case. Worms have been falsely incriminated as the cause of an itchy bum because owners associate such behavior with children suffering from the very pruritic pinworms. Dogs aren't susceptible to pinworms, however. In most cases, anusitis and subsequent itching arises as a symptom of allergic dermatitis in dogs - both atopy - allergies to environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, and dust mites, etc. - and food intolerance (less common). Rubbing an over the counter hydrocortisone cream into your dog's anus thrice daily should be helpful. Severely affected dogs will benefit from a corticosteroid such as prednisone administered systemically. Your dog's vet will also check your dog's anal glands for impaction/infection. Anal glands have also been over-incriminated in scooting dogs but it's a simple manner to rectally palpate each gland when other areas of your dog are checked for indications of allergy. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.