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I have noticed my dog has been scooting on the carpet a bit

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I have noticed my dog has been scooting on the carpet a bit recently and seems to have itchy ears- scratching them and asking his head a lot. Could the 2 be connected? He has had working and flea medicine in the last few months
JA: I'll do all I can to help. In addition to the scooting, have you noticed any swelling or discharge?
Customer: No nothing like that
JA: Has he been pooping normally?
Customer: Yes
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Cooper age 3
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 23 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 23 days ago.

Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet. I'm just reviewing your question and typing my reply, which can take a few minutes.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 23 days ago.

Bum scooting can have a few causes including:

  • Anal gland impaction
  • Anal itching (due to allergies)
  • Worms (less common)

Itchy ears can also have a few causes including:

  • An ear infection
  • Ear mites
  • Allergies

So, with both condition present, we would consider allergic skin disease/atopy.

Ideally we would have the ears examined for an infection/mites and also ensure the anal glands are not full or infected.

With these issues, the sooner we resolve them the better as they can cause significant discomfort.

Customer: replied 23 days ago.
Thankyou, as he is a staffy I knew he might be prone to allergies so we always feed him hypoallergenic food
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 23 days ago.

Oh, that's a great start. Do also ensure you are not offering chews, dental sticks, human food etc. that is not hypoallergenic as this could be the issue.

Many of those who have food allergies also have environmental allergies. Dust mite allergy, for example, is often worse when we turn on the central heating.