Why does the dog ride the pope

If a dog rubs booty on the floor, then most likely it is worried about itching or aching pain. Of course, it is not very pleasant to watch how the animal wipes the remains of feces on clean carpets. However, scolding a pet for such behavior is worth it. You need to go to the veterinarian and find out why the dog rides on the priest, because in rare cases, the cause of this behavior may be the development of cancer. You should not worry in advance, in most cases, funny behavior indicates only the desire of the animal for purity. Some clean dogs prefer not to clean the anal area with the help of the tongue, but by wiping the ass on the floor.


Regular deworming does not give a 100% guarantee of the absence of parasites in the body of the animal. Tapeworms, roundworms, helminths actively multiply in feces and can provoke quite intense itching in the anal area. If the dog rides on the priest, it only means that the animal is trying to scratch a hard-to-reach area.

To independently make a preliminary diagnosis, the owner must carefully examine the feces for white larvae, threads. If the initial diagnosis confirmed helminthic invasion, then it is necessary to carry out deworming using veterinary drugs. Do not experiment, and feed your pet garlic, pumpkin seeds. A veterinarian or professional pharmacist will choose safe but effective medicines.

Sometimes the cause of itching in the anus can be a flea infestation. The most intense symptom can occur immediately after bathing the animal (parasites try to find dry places and accumulate on the face, at the genitals). You just need to wash the dog with a special shampoo.

Anal Gland Problems

If the dog rides on the pope, but there are no worms, then it is likely that the anal glands are clogged or inflamed. Small breeds are especially often affected by a similar problem. Anal glands are located on both sides of the animal’s anus and look like small sacs.

A special secret has been collected in skin sacs, which is used to mark territory and attract females. In a healthy animal, the fluid accumulated in the glands is released during bowel movements. But sometimes the secret accumulates for a long time inside the bags and begins to put pressure on the surrounding tissue, which leads to a certain discomfort. As a result, the dog tries to clean the glands by pressing them to a solid surface (in particular to the floor). But sometimes the animal can rub booty on corners, walls.

The true causes of blockage of the glands are not known for certain. But most often the problem occurs after prolonged diarrhea. Additionally, the animal may begin to lick the area under the tail, whine during bowel movements. If the owner noticed small symmetrical swelling at the anus, then the first thing to do is to gently press on them. You can also wash your pet with warm soapy water. If after a few hours the tumors do not subside, it is necessary to consult a veterinarian. Indeed, ignoring the deviation will lead to infection of the fluid in the glands. Ultimately, the surgeon will have to completely remove them.

Rectal prolapse

Rectal prolapse is diagnosed when the extreme part of the colon protrudes from the anus. A similar disease can develop after a dog has suffered from severe diarrhea or constipation for a long time. The animal will feel constant pressure in the anus, so it will instinctively try to straighten the protruding intestine. But to help a pet with such a serious problem is impossible. Be sure to consult a veterinarian who:

  1. straightens the intestine and sits the sphincter muscles to prevent relapse;
  2. select a wet diet or medications to soften the stool (this will help reduce stress);
  3. will perform an operation to excise the lower part of the intestine, in the event that a relapse still occurs.

If it is clearly visible that a lump has appeared under the dog’s tail or the skin near the anus has swollen, it is strictly forbidden to use any alternative methods of treatment. There is a small chance that a cancer has developed.

How to identify the cause of the deviation

You should not sign up to the veterinarian immediately after the animal once "rode" on the priest on the floor. It is likely that the pet just removes the feces that are stuck in the wool. First of all, you need to try to independently identify the reasons why the dog rides on the pope.

It is necessary to wear clean rubber gloves, and carefully examine the rectal area of ​​the pet. The anus and the fur around it should be clean, without sticky patches. Sometimes a dog scratches a butt only because the feces tightly blind their hair, which makes you feel a constant pain. You also need to carefully examine and feel the paraanal glands. Any neoplasms, subcutaneous tumors should alert. You also need to pay attention to whether there is an unpleasant smell from under the tail. Persistent putrefactive odor, which persists even after washing the dog, indicates that an infection has entered the secretory fluid.

If a small process protrudes from the anus itself, then this indicates rectal prolapse. If possible, you need to examine the feces of the animal in order to exclude or confirm the presence of helminthic invasion. The type of parasites will be determined only by a veterinarian by conducting an analysis. However, the presence of tiny, white worms in the feces will rule out other causes of itching.

Clinical Research

Identify the exact reason that the dog rides on the priest, and only a veterinarian can prescribe treatment. At the first appointment, the specialist will evaluate the general condition of the animal, conduct a thorough rectal examination. Sometimes only palpation will be enough, but in advanced cases, a specialist can conduct a colonoscopy. If it is clearly visible that the paraanal glands are swollen, then the specialist will take a small amount of fluid for cytological examination. If subcutaneous neoplasms of an unspecified nature are revealed under the tail, then a biopsy, ultrasound and computed tomography are performed. A full range of studies will confirm or exclude cancer at an early stage.

Is it possible to prevent itching in the anal area

Despite the fact that discomfort under the tail is not always a sign of any serious pet disease, it is necessary to pay enough attention to preventive procedures. First, owners of long-haired breeds of dogs need to regularly ensure that the feces do not get entangled in the hair of the animal. You can turn to the groomer to cut off the excess. You also need to regularly conduct deworming, rinse the paraanal glands, especially those dogs that have previously suffered from inflammation. The simplest hygienic procedures will prevent many unpleasant diseases and complications.

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