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It’s often seen. It’s often laughed at. You see a dog (sometimes a cat) sitting, bottom on the ground and with its hind legs extended out in front whilst it drags itself along by its front legs. The expression on its face is usually one of pure bliss. It looks funny but somehow seems distasteful and it can be quite an embarrassment to some pet owners. We call this scooting. It’s a problem vets see regularly in practice.
Often the first thing that comes to an owner’s mind when their pet does this is “worms”. But that’s not always the case. When your pet scoots it simply means that there is an irritation in the area surrounding the anus and under the base of the tail. They are itchy and seek relief by rubbing.More > 0 Comment(s)
The ears of the dog and that of mammals in general are divided into the outer ear canal, the middle ear, and the inner ear. Potentially dogs can get various ear diseases in all three parts of the ear but the commonest area for dogs to get ear disease is the outer ear canal, and the general term of disease in this area is otitis externa or canker. This disease is very common, in fact all small animal vets will spend a lot of their working time dealing with external ear disease, mainly in dogs but sometimes in the cat as well.More > 0 Comment(s)