PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On occasion, you may have seen your dog scooting around the floor. It may even have seemed comical at times. But it shouldn’t be taken so lightly.

Scooting is when your dog drags his/her hindquarters across the floor; pulling forward with the front paws alone. This can even affect cats, who usually favor the area with excessive licking. Fortunately, this doesn’t affect every dog and cat.

Scooting can be caused by various things, including parasites such as, fleas or tapeworms, allergies, matted fur, or even possibly a tumor. But most commonly scooting is caused by an inflammation, irritation, infection or most likely impaction of the anal sacs. These sacs may become impacted as they collect secretion of glandular tissue. The true purpose for the sacs is unknown today and seems to serve little purpose now, but many believe they have their roots in communication, such as, marking territory for animals in earlier times.

If you notice this behavior, it’s best to contact your vet immediately. Your pet should be seen for a proper diagnosis. If it’s not a more serious condition, your vet may be able to advise you on how to take care of future occurrences at home.

Reported By Nan Talleno, KYW Newsradio

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