Common Health Problems in West Highland White Terriers and Schnauzers

Crawling on the carpet.  Why does your dog drag this body along the floor with his front feet propelling him along the carpet?


There is a very simple explanation but crawling on the carpet can present a problem.

My dogs like to crawl  along the carpet and I thought it was funny until I noticed that  sometimes it means there is a skin issue or problems.

If your dog has a habit  of crawling on the carpet, it may mean there are bumps on his belly.  It doesn't always mean you have a problem but be sure and check the area  for hot spots or sores.

I saw my female dog doing this  and gently rolled her on her back to find a bunch of red spots all over  her belly.  This is what I do to get rid of those nasty bumps.

  • Wash the belly area with a soap that kills bacteria. 
  • If the sores have scabs on them give your dog a bath
  • Let the sores soak in the bath for 10 minutes or until soft
  • Gently scrape away the scabs and disinfect with Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Put a triple antibiotic cream on the sores
  • Ask your vet for an appropriate medication for the sores

These bumps and scabs may be  hot spots or a bacterial infection.  Be sure to check with your vet  regarding these bumps as they might be a staph infection.


Another  reason your dog is crawling on the carpet can be because of flea bites.  Be sure to wash you dog in a flea shampoo and always wash his or her  bedding because that's where the flea eggs are.



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