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Puppy Scooting.

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I got my new CKCS puppy on Saturday. She is a little angel.

I have noticed that she often scoots..is this normal? The majority of the time it is just after she has come in from having done a poop. Occasionally she does it randomly.

Google tells me that it could be caused by worms. She has had 2 lots of worming treatment since she was born (she is just gone 8 weeks old). Could this still be the problem?

if not, what else could be causing it?
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  • WantToBeSEWantToBeSE Forumite
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    Sorry, i meant to say she has just finished her 3rd worming treatment, not 2nd.
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    Her anal glands might need cleaned. They can get impacted. The vet can do it for you and if you watch carefully and it happens again do it yourself, if brave.
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    That was something else i was thinking. But do their anal glands need attention at this age (8 weeks)?

    I'll pop along to the vets after the weekend then.
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    Are her poops firm enough? Usually, you'll find as long as the poo if firm enough it helps prevent the anal glands from being impacted. It's always worth having a chat with the vet if you're concerned. In saying that, I know a CKCS who is about 8 years old and she always has a little scoot after going to the toilet, has done for her whole life and has no issues with glands/worms :D I think she likes to feel her bum has been cleaned lol!
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    All mine have done it at some time (had 4 and down to 2). Another cavalier trait is cleaning muzzles on the carpet and refusing to go out if it's wet. Mine are 13 and 14 and still hate wet.


    Because of small mouths, they are prone to having bad teeth, so I suggest you introduce tooth cleaning asap.
  • Wee puppies can have runny bums when first moving to a new home as it can be stressful at first.

    If pup is worked up to date then most of the time it won't be due to worms.

    I would firstly look at amount of food being frd as simply having a wee bit too much can cause softer poo.
    What food are you feeding pup? When looking at guidelines remember to start off at the lowest amount and work up as she grows.

    I have a 2 year old lab and a 9 week old lab at the moment. My 2 year old had poo problems as a small pup- she had giardia but if you're pup had that you would certainly know!!


    My 9 week old has not had any problems, lovely easy to pick up poo lol

    I would definitely have a look at the food and amount given before worrying about anything else :) it can be as simple as that :)

    If she pops and it starts off normal then soft the chances are it's over feeding :)
  • WantToBeSE wrote: »
    That was something else i was thinking. But do their anal glands need attention at this age (8 weeks)?

    I'll pop along to the vets after the weekend then.

    I wouldn't worry about anal glands at that age :)
  • WantToBeSEWantToBeSE Forumite
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    Thanks everyone.

    her poop is fine, no issues with it being too soft or hard.

    She is on Country Kibble grain free food. Thats what she was weaned on. I have to add a tiny bit of water to it at the moment still.

    I leave food down for her all day, at thats what the breeder did. Is this something i should change?
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    WantToBeSE wrote: »
    Thanks everyone.

    her poop is fine, no issues with it being too soft or hard.

    She is on Country Kibble grain free food. Thats what she was weaned on. I have to add a tiny bit of water to it at the moment still.

    I leave food down for her all day, at thats what the breeder did. Is this something i should change?



    Yes, if you intend to have a second dog or you could end up with one losing out and the other eating double.


    I am down to two, but still feed separately , as Teddy would eat his own and Joly's dinner. I used to leave Monty's down, but when we had Izzy,who was a fussy eater, Monty started stealing his food, so that's when separate feeding started (They tend to eat up, anyway, when there is competition, so no need to leave food down).
  • If her poo isn't soft then I'm not sure what you mean by scoots?

    If you want her to poo regularly at more or less the same times she really needs to be fed at the same times.

    My older lab poos twice a day,easy to pick up. No mess left behind at all..

    My puppy is fed 4 times a day, 7am,12pm,4pm,8pm and poos pretty regularly. Again easy to pick up so I know her food amount is right.

    I have never free feed a dog,always get fed at set ish times. Dogs like routine :) Same with toileting etc, we have only had one pee accident in nearly 2 weeks which is great. I like routine asap :)

    If she is 8 weeks I'm assuming you have only recently got her,they can take a while to settle in :)

    Pups ideally need to be worked more than twice in first 8 weeks.
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