“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” – Mark Twain
When Nixon was found, he was just a puppy with one badly damaged leg and on the brink of death. But these caring people adopted him and gave him a second chance at life. Praise God! See him here!
Yes, the butt scoot.To us, it’s gross and obnoxious, but your dog thinks it’s necessary.
Here’s the deal: Dogs scoot their rear ends along the floor because either a) their butts itch or b) something else is going on back there. Yes, it’s unseemly — some might even think it’s funny — but the way a dog figures it, when you’ve got an itch … scratch it!
Which brings us to an important question: Why the itch or discomfort?
There are plenty of reasons, most likely a skin-related or anally oriented ailment. Everything from flea bites and allergies to anal gland disorders and gastrointestinal diseases can lead to scooting.
The best thing to do is see your veterinarian.
Why do animals scoot?
Other animals scoot too but scooting is more prevalent in dogs. Scooting is more common in small and in medium sized dogs. Large breeds are seldom seen scooting. When a dog scoots it is only trying to ease the discomfort it feels in its anal area. The butt can be itchy due to worm infestation. The anus can be irritated due to prolonged diarrhea. The most common cause of scooting however is impacted anal glands.
What is an anal gland?
A dog has two anal glands that are located on both sides of the anus. The anal gland is between the external and the internal muscles of the anal area and approximately on the 8 o’clock and 4 o’clock positions.
What is the purpose of the anal gland?
This gland secretes a yellowish foul smelling substance that is responsible for giving the dog its unique scent. This distinct smell serves as the dog’s identification card. This substance is used by the dog for territorial marking.
How are the anal glands emptied?
Anal glands are voluntarily emptied. A skunk empties its anal glands when it uses the secretion as self defense. In dogs and cats, the anal sac is normally emptied when the animal defecates. A large number of domesticated dogs though have lost the capacity to normally empty the anal sacs. This is due to the dog’s diet. Poor quality dog food mostly contains cereal fillers and very low on fiber resulting to soft semi formed stools.
What to do to solve the scooting problem of the pet
Feeding the pet high quality food and ensuring that the dog is given sufficient exercise may solve the dog’s scooting problem. In most cases though emptying the anal sacs is necessary. If the anal sack is not emptied it will be impacted. Moreover it will be extremely uncomfortable for the dog. Anal sac expression would be more difficult as the secretion will become thick and gritty. Anal sacs can be expressed two ways – external and internal expression. External expression is done by gently pushing the anal sacs upwards so that the contents of the sac will be expelled. Internal expression is usually performed by a vet as this will entail a finger to be inserted to the dogs anus and pressing the anal sacs to push the thick contents out.
This dog just looks way too cute scooting. And I think she knows it! But if your not sure if your dog is scooting the video might be help.
The world has a new tallest dog! At four years old, George the Great Dane stands 43 inches high from paw to shoulder, which is the method Guinness World Records uses to determine a dog’s official height.
The announcement settles a hotly-contested debate that had been brewing since last November when Guinness proclaimed Titan, a Great Dane from San Diego, Calif. who measures 42.25 inches high at the shoulders, the World’s Tallest Dog. George’s owner, David Nasser of Tucson, Ariz., claimed that his Great Dane was taller, but there were conflicting reports about the dog’s actual height. To settle the controversy, Guinness sent a representative to preside over an in-person measurement. The outcome? George had edged out Titan by three-quarters of an inch. (Prior to Titan and George, the previous holder of the World’s Tallest Dog title was Gibson, a Great Dane who passed away in 2009.)
At 43 inches tall, “Giant George,” as Nasser likes to call him, is the tallest dog ever recorded by Guinness World Records. He’s already appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has over 21,000 fans from all over the world on his Facebook page. “It’s been amazing,” says Nasser. “Fans have written in from the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea and South America.”
The sable-colored Great Dane weighs a whopping 245 pounds and measures seven feet and three inches from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail — though he doesn’t raise up on his hind legs, he’s too big for that. “When George is standing on all fours and lifts his head, the tip of his snout measures 55 inches, or more, off the ground,” Nasser tells Paw Nation. “You have to be careful. Nothing is off-limits to him.”
Check out Giant Georges Facebook page!