Originally Posted by Ms.Blackie
She does get UTI's often, does anyone know if scooting on the carpet
could cause bacteria to transfer from her anus to her private parts? I have often wandered.
Hmm, never thought about it but I would guess that it could be a factor. Seems like she'd be leaving the bacteria from her anus behind her other opening (literally) when she scoots, but the female opening has so little protection from outside bacteria that it does seem very possible.
If her stools are a little loose (or a lot loose), that can play a part for the anal gland issues, the UTIs and the scooting. With a good firm stool there is little chance of leftover yucky "stuff" being back there. The firm stool should also naturally express the glands when she poops. Plus, if she has long hair (I wasn't sure), that will help leave other bacteria behind too, if anything sticks to her...in which case, again a firmer stool will help w/that.
If she's a little on the heavy side, that would encourage the scooting, anal gland issues and the UTI's too...since they can have trouble cleaning their rear end when they are heavy.