Dog Wakes Up and Chases Her Butt?

Can someone please tell me what makes my mini schnauzer jump up out of a dead sleep and chase her butt, as if something was sticking her? She has no worms, as I keep up to date on all shots, worming etc. The vet has her on an antibiotic for proctitis and her anal glands have been expressed twice within a 7 day period. This is driving the dog crazy. She spends a lot of time looking at her butt.

Kathy from Tarpon Springs, FL

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November 19, 20080 found this helpful

I have a Lab that does this once in a while. The best we can figure is that there is some sort of "no-see-ems" buzzing around that area. Sounds like you take good care so I don't think it's fleas, but maybe a flying bug of some sort. I know our Lab is wicked bad about it in the summer time.

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By GMILES7854 (Guest Post)
November 19, 20080 found this helpful

Oh my. I have a mini schauzer also. Maybe the vet can tell you what the problem is. Good luck

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November 19, 20080 found this helpful

Our cat had pain in his back end and he was on steroids for it, from the vet. He used to wake up out of a sound sleep with it and jump up and bite at himself. Then he would lick his fur off. Perhaps there is pain there and an x-ray is needed. Our vet x-rayed our cat to find out. I hope your sweet dog can be helped :)

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By Dan in Connecticut (Guest Post)
November 19, 20080 found this helpful

As many dogs do this as don't. I've had 4 dogs over the years and 2 were tail chasers. I'm a year from graduating from veterinary school and took a course in animal behavior. Chase their tails for the same reason they turn around 50 times before lying down. No problem! If it were anal gland they scoot their butt, but don't chase it, and the odor would let you know. I have a dog now that bites her nails!

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November 20, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you all for the replies. I took Coco to the vet yesterday (for the 3rd time). He did take an xray of her back, She might have something going on there. I would need a cat scan to confirm and that is about $2000.00. Starting on Monday, Coco is going to take an anti-inflammatory medicine and let's see if this helps before doing the cat scan. We have eliminated OCD, because when Coco was on steroids ahe stopped doing it. The doctor doesn't want to keep her on steroids for a long time. We also eliminated her anal glands because they are not full. She is taking 2 antibiotics for proctitis and she is still doing it, therefore it is not proctitis. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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November 20, 20080 found this helpful

I have a lab who chased her butt. One day she licked at one spot till it was wet. I looked at it and there was a big sore. This was after I found one flea on her tummy. Doc says she is alleric to flea saliva. Fleas will hide around the butt. Good luck finding the problem.

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By guest post (Guest Post)
November 21, 20080 found this helpful

I have a mini poodle with various gastrointestinal issues. I keep her on probiotics, ie; Culturelle over the counter. It is tasteless and can be sprinkled over the animals food. Animals as well as humans which are on drugs like antibiotics often need to replace the good flora or bacteria in the intestinal tract. Your dog may be experiencing an overgrowth of Candida (yeast) which is causing an irritation. My vet said it was perfectly safe to use. I also, occasionally add a Tbsp. of no fat plain yogert to help also. Maybe gently wiping the anal area with a nonsented baby wipe might offer some relief. Good luck hope this helps your dog be more comfortable.

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January 12, 20100 found this helpful

My miniature schnauzer does the exact same thing. First the Dr said gas, then they said his back was itching from the schnauzer acne they sometimes get, and then finally said it was anal glands. He emptied them a couple times, which seemed to help for a day or two but it never got better. Please let me know if you found an answer to this problem. It drives the dog crazy and i'm not sure what to try next.

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January 3, 20160 found this helpful

I have minature shnauzer that does the same thing, I sometimes wonder if it is some fantom tail thing that is going on Her tail had been cropped when she was a baby and she has always done it and she will soon be 5 years old. We have had her anal gland expressed and still no change. But I may try the probiotics. Thanks at least I know others are having the same issues.

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July 13, 20160 found this helpful

I do not have an answer but was wonder if you ever found out why you doggy was doing this.I am at wits end.Tried everything.
No worms, not anal glands, no pain, no fleas etc etc

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February 11, 2014

My Schnauzer keeps jumping around looking at his butt as if something is biting him and he keeps doing it. I don't know what to do. I have taken him to 3 different vets.


By Shirley


February 12, 20140 found this helpful

Please find a Veterinarian who is familiar with dog's glands as they all should be. Good luck.

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February 13, 20140 found this helpful

This could be anal glands. They do get infected sometimes. It is pretty common. I was confused about your having seen 3 Vets however. Impacted anal glands is common and the 1st thing Vets check. Find a competent Vet...any infection can become systemic and potentially fatal. I takes about 30 seconds to clean out anal glands. Some folks do it themselves.

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