My Dog’s Butt Is Irritated After Being Groomed?

My dog got his summer haircut yesterday, so now his hair is very short (he got the shortest possible cut). He’s a yorkie-shihtzu-pomeranian mix, and has had his hair cut by this groomer around 8 times before. But today he’s been dragging his butt on the floor constantly and trying to lick back there. We took a look and it’s not red or irritated, but we put some doggy cream around his rectum. It doesn’t really seem to have helped since he just dragged his butt on the floor again. Is there anyway to relieve some of the irritation? Should we contact the groomer?
does this really have to do with his ‘anal glands’ or is it just irritation from having his hair cut back there? he was pretty fuzzy before his cut, so they cut off a LOT of hair. i don’t want to take him to the vet if it isn’t really necessary.

It might be an irritation by the clipper (clipper burn), some of the dogs are sensitive to that, but then you would see that the skin is red and irritated and as you mentioned that there is no redness this sounds more as if his anal glands need emptying……I used to work for a groomer and we always did the glands in the bath, that way you wash off the smelly thing… ;)

I would call the groomer and ask if they did the glands and if they did not, ask them why? you payed for the bath just so you have to do it again most likely as it really smells when you express the glands. If the glands don’t get emptied on regular bases they can get infected and a more expensive treatment (antibiotics, surgery) will be necessary so I think you should have him checked out sooner rather than later

Another reason for itchy bum can be parasites, your dog might need worming, as worms can also have that effect on the dog…

It is just weird that you did not notice any of this behavior before the haircut…

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7 Responses to “My Dog’s Butt Is Irritated After Being Groomed?”

  1. Elena says:

    Put on the gloves, and place your dog on the towel. Have the moist cloth ready and sooth your dog. Remember: this should not hurt your dog at all! Lift the tail (this is why you may need a second person) and place your thumb and forefinger approximately at 4 and 8 o-clock about 1/2 inch out from the anus. Feel gently first and you will easily discover the two sacs that feel like glands. Gently press inward on these glands and angle the pressure inward towards the anus. Excess fluid should discharge via the anus and should smell fishy. Wipe with your warm moist cloth. Wipe up with the cloth, and give your dog a treat. Depending on the amount of fluid that is released and your breed- it might be a good idea to bath your dog afterward.
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  2. ? APBT? @ll Trollz Reported says:

    You need to take the dog to the vet to get his anal glands expressed. Trying to do so yourself without the proper knowledge can result in even more pain and irritation for the the dog.
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  3. happy2luvk9s says:

    it sounds like his anal glands didn’t get expressed and yes you should call them and explain to them what he’s doing
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  4. daddy'slittlegirl15 says:

    yeah call the groomer and maybe the vet if they aren’t too sure
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  5. Dee says:

    It might be an irritation by the clipper (clipper burn), some of the dogs are sensitive to that, but then you would see that the skin is red and irritated and as you mentioned that there is no redness this sounds more as if his anal glands need emptying……I used to work for a groomer and we always did the glands in the bath, that way you wash off the smelly thing… ;)

    I would call the groomer and ask if they did the glands and if they did not, ask them why? you payed for the bath just so you have to do it again most likely as it really smells when you express the glands. If the glands don’t get emptied on regular bases they can get infected and a more expensive treatment (antibiotics, surgery) will be necessary so I think you should have him checked out sooner rather than later

    Another reason for itchy bum can be parasites, your dog might need worming, as worms can also have that effect on the dog…

    It is just weird that you did not notice any of this behavior before the haircut…
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  6. Poodle girl says:

    It is possible your dog is trying to express his anal glands and needs it done for him.

    However, having groomed dogs myself, I think the more logical explanation is this: your dog has been used to having very long hair and now it is shaved off. A lot of times, groomers will shave a little sanitary area under the tail and around the rectum that is very short, to help the dog keep this area clean. Your dog is not used to having short hair back there and having it "exposed", so to speak; he’s not used to feeling air back there and it might feel a little funny to him. So he’s trying to relieve the funny feeling by itching it on the ground, or turning around and licking.

    This is normal and can happen after a dog comes back from the groomer. Your groomer most likely did nothing wrong. If he continues to lick and scoot after a couple of days, then yes, take him to the vet. But if in a couple of days he stops, he probably got used to the feeling of short hair.
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    Groom my own St. Poodle, a Toy Poodle, and other dogs; have seen this before

  7. rogue says:

    dont worry!! this has happenes to my dog every time he goes to the groomer…

    they actually express the anal glands ALONG WITH the bath and trim…
    just call the groomer and ask them if its is included in the service u paid for ( im pretty sure it is )

    and it is normal his bum is just a little irritated just imagine u were him ud be irritated too…
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