Many dog owners are exasperated and embarrassed to see their pet scooting along on the rug due to anal irritation. Traditionally, owners attributed that to "worms". But "worms" are almost never the cause of this problem unless those intestinal parasites are causing chronic diarrhea as well. The misinformation about worms got started because humans get pinworms. Pinworms do often cause your rear to itch. Horses and rabbits get pinworms.
Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food. There is a general misperception that a dog's anal glands should be manually emptied on a regular basis. In fact, expressing the glands too often may lead to decreased tone, delayed emptying and anal gland disease. Most vets learn about anal glands in vet school, but I had the pleasure of learning about that particular part of canine anatomy much earlier in life from our family dog - a dachshund Gerda. Dachshunds are obsessed with being in the forest and Gerda was no exception. The first time we took her to our cottage up in the mountains near the German border, my two sisters, brother and I all wanted to have her on our lap.
The sacs are present in both male and female dogs, and are normally emptied when the dog defecates. Anal gland anatomy. Anal sac disease is very common in dogs. The sacs frequently become impacted, usually due to blockage of the ducts. The secretion within the impacted sacs will thicken and the sacs will become swollen and distended.
Does your dog have an itchy butt? Constantly rubbing their bum on the ground or trying to stretch and bite the itch away? Your first thought may be that your dog has worms, but that may not be the case. If your dog is scooting about then they may have a problem with their anal glands.