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What is Lack of Bowel Control?

Aside from the puppy training moments, dogs are very conscientious creatures and will not defecate inside the house unless there is a problem. While fecal incontinence is most common in older dogs, there are medical reasons that may contribute to this problem in younger canines. An illness, disease or injury may be the cause for the lack of bowel control. Consult the appropriate veterinary professional without delay; her knowledge and understanding will be able to remedy the situation.

Fecal incontinence is the veterinarian term for a dog who is exhibiting a lack of bowel control. This can be an unpleasant situation for you as a pet owner, and will most likely cause stress for your dog as well. A visit to the veterinarian clinic is imperative in order to diagnose and treat the cause, as well as prevent further complications that can arise from the incontinence.

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Symptoms of Lack of Bowel Control in Dogs

The inability to control bowel movements stems from a lack of communication of sorts between the brain signals and the colon. There can be various explanations for the problem, and the veterinarian will be able to diagnose and find a solution to relieve the difficult. Take note of the following symptoms, and relay them to the veterinarian at your clinic visit:

  • Lack of anal tone
  • Passing feces while walking
  • Passing feces while sleeping
  • Gas
  • Vomiting
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Scooting hind end along floor
  • Diarrhea

Causes of Lack of Bowel Control in Dogs

There are many reasons why your dog may lose control of his bowels and have an accident in the house. Remember, this can be an upsetting occurrence for your pet. To avoid further complications resulting from the added stress, take your dog to the veterinarian in order to pinpoint the exact cause that may be included in the list below:

  • Degenerative myelopathy (spinal cord disease)
  • Peripheral myopathy (damage to nerves which impairs sensation)
  • Muscle atrophy (wasting)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Trauma after injury such as impact from car accident
  • Paralysis or debilitation of hind legs (this can lead to a colon that is never expressed fully, as the dog does not have strength to eliminate feces - because colon is not fully empty, your dog may lose bowel control when asleep or upon standing)
  • Infection of anal sac
  • Viruses such as Parvo, which cause uncontrollable diarrhea
  • Perianal fistula (chronic lesions around the anus)
  • Parasites (resulting diarrhea for an extended length of time can lead to damaged muscles in the rectum)
  • Spinal tumor
  • Myasthenia gravis ( a neuromuscular disease that keeps the muscles from contracting)

Diagnosis of Lack of Bowel Control in Dogs

Diagnosing the cause for the lack of bowel control will be greatly improved if you are able to give the veterinarian informative, relevant information. Make a note of the incidences when your dog has an accident in your home, and try to document any behavioral changes that you may see as well. Collect a fecal sample to bring to the clinic for analysis.

Along with the feces analysis, the veterinarian will want to do a urinalysis. These tests, together with a chemistry blood profile and complete blood count, will diagnose infection or parasites if present. A discussion of your pet’s medical history and a thorough physical examination will be done, which will include checking the anal and sphincter muscles.

If required for an accurate diagnosis, the veterinarian may decide to do radiographs of the abdomen, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine to see if there are visible tumors or spinal arthritis.

Treatment of Lack of Bowel Control in Dogs

When treating fecal incontinence, it is essential to address all of the complications and causes that may accompany it. For example, a dog who has incontinence in the form of diarrhea may have blistering around the anus, which if left untreated, can lead to a secondary infection. Another instance of a complication may be a stress induced illness. Though you may not be able to ascertain the amount of stress the fecal incontinence is causing for your pet, there is no doubt that the situation is causing him discomfort and quite likely mental anguish.

If the lack of bowel control is being caused by a simple infection, antibiotics can quickly resolve the problem. A parasitic infection, such as giardia or intestinal worms can be eradicated with the appropriate medication. There are drugs that can strengthen the sphincter muscles if necessary.

Surgical reconstruction of the anal and sphincter area may be required in some dogs. The veterinarian will be the absolute best person to decide on the appropriate treatment protocol. Some may recommend therapies such as chiropractic care, physiotherapy or acupuncture, for example, if the incontinence is resulting from lower back pain or weakness.

In the case of a senior dog, the incontinence may be a permanent situation, in which case diapers or frequent trips outside may be of help.

Recovery of Lack of Bowel Control in Dogs

Working closely with the veterinarian will be a big part of taking care of a dog who has lack of bowel control. Pay special care to the instructions given to you by the veterinary professional; your cooperation will be instrumental in relieving your dog of this problem. Follow instructions completely when dealing with medication. If the veterinarian suggests diet changes, be sure to heed the advice. Your veterinarian may prescribe a hypoallergenic diet (with ingredients like rice, fish oil, and soy hydrolysate) or an intestinal diet (containing corn meal, chicken liver hydrolysate and soybean oil).

Psyllium supplements may help to slow down diarrhea, but can also aid in facilitating stool elimination. You will have to consult with the veterinarian in order to find the right diet balance that works with your pet’s digestive system.

At home, patience is key. We never want our pet to associate accidents of bowel control with anger. Frequent walks allow for plenty of opportunities for your pet to pass a bowel movement. Exercise can assist the digestive system with elimination, and chances are if your pet has emptied his colon after a long walk or run, you may have helped him to avoid an accident later. A long walk before bed may benefit the situation also.

Lack of Bowel Control Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Maggie
2.5
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination
Painful Urination

We have a 2.5 year old miniature poodle that pees all over the place when she is happy, excited or nervous. We've tried all forms of training, and are wondering if there is a medical intervention that can happen so that she doesn't pee all over the room when she feels any sort of emotion.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Maggie has submissive or excitable urination; this isn’t a medical issue, more a behavioural issue. Excitable urination usually occurs in puppies and they will grow out of it by before twelve months of age. When Maggie greets you when you come home she will be excited and your greeting to her will over excite her and cause her to urinate, ignoring her for a minute when returning home may give her a chance to calm down before you say hello. In submissive urination, Maggie is urinating due to the presence of a more dominate person or an unknown person; training for this will involve slowly introducing her to new people or animals in a slow passive controlled manner. The training can take a long time, so patience is needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dorris
French Bulldog
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Incontinence

Hi,
I have taken her to the vets and she examined her anus and my puppy didn't react she thinks it may be the nerves aren't connected, she said we may have to put her to sleep. I would like to know if it can be treated?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately in the case of nerve damage, there is little to do except giving Dorris excellent nursing care. Motility-modifying drugs are occasionally used to slow the passage of faecal matter through the intestines leading to more moisture being absorbed back in to the body giving more solid faeces and less often, speak with your Veterinarian about Dorris’s suitability for this type of medical management. Many people try to put diapers on their dogs in cases of faecal incontinence, but regular clipping of hair and washing can be labour intensive as well as the irritation of the skin from the faeces leading to drying, cracking and secondary infections. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

 

Would you mind stating the names of some of these drugs so I can do some research prior to talking to my doctor?

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Opie
Jack Russell Terrier
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

acupunture

my JRT puppy has a weak anal sphincter muscle which is allowing his mucosa to come out everytime he passes a motion and excessive barking. He is currently having acupuncture. On your site you say there is a drug which can strengthen the muscle. Could you please give me the name and details of this drug so I can pass onto my vet. Many thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst not reported in human medicine, there is no report of success (that I know of - I didn’t write the article) of the use of medications to strengthen anal tone in dogs; however in humans the use of loperamide along with certain exercises, ask your Veterinarian about loperamide and Opie’s suitability for it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tia
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Anal Discharge

My husbands St. Bernard is lethargic and has anal leakage. She's still eating and drinking and has regular poops,
She's just not a happy doggie - and I'm cleaning a lot. I've bathed her yesterday and trimmed her fur to examine her area but she still has good anal tone from the pen test

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons why Tia has having instances of anal leakage including anal sac problems, infection, parasites, tumours, nerve damage, spinal problems or dietary changes. Unfortunately, without examining Tia I would be unable to suggest a course of treatment or diagnostic step; a visit to your Veterinarian for a physical examination (including checking for parasites in the stool) would be worth while to determine the primary cause as treatment is different for each condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Having a similar problem with our 9 year old collie cross. Going to take him back to the vet for an xray and blood tests. If that doesnt show anything they will then recommend an MRI.... it started quite suddenly and is becoming increasingly worse. But they say if it is a nerve issue there is nothing that can be done.

We have a ten year old labradoodle who has started pooing in the house. On walks he rarely stops and just leaves trails behind him as he runs. The stool is actually quite hard and looks almost like very big rabbit droppings in shape. He doesn't seem to know it's happening and it doesn't seem to cause him pain but he does get told off by our other dogs! Our vet is at loss as to what might be causing it, do you have any ideas? Thank you!

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Buddy
Labrador Retriever
9
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bowel Movements

My 9 years old lab was hit by a car when he was 2 and had a
Tail damage. He now is losing control of his bowels And have trouble getting up . When do u know if there in pain and should be put down. That's not what I want to do just don't want him in pain .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Determining when to euthanize a loved one is always a troubling experience having to weigh up their quality of life as well as the love you have for them to keep them with you. Usually pain will manifest itself in changes in behaviour (depression, decrease in activity. loss of appetite and general lethargy), vocalised response to moving (growling or yelping when moving or being touched in certain places) and general pain signs (increased breathing, increased heart rate, changes in posture). The decision is has many factors, but ultimately you know Buddy better than anyone and will know when the time comes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bhoomi
Maltipoo
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bowel Movements

my 11 year maltipoo has been having bowel inconsistency for the last couple of weeks,what should i do,
she has been diagnosed with arthritis and was given medication for it ,it has been a couple of weeks since the medication dosage has been over but since then she has been having this issues,she also has had a lack of appetite and sometimes does not even respond to her treats ..please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a dog to have a lack of bowel control and in an older dog it can be expected to occur. Usually the causes of loss of bowel control are trauma, tumours, abscesses, infections, neurological disorders, spinal problems or parasites. Your Veterinarian will be able to carry out a physical examination, blood tests and x-rays to determine the cause of the loss of bowel control. Treatment may not be possible in most cases; medical management may help in some instances. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Maltese
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

drinking a lot

We have a 11 year old bitch who is a diabetic. The last 4 days she has not eaten, Losing a lot of weight and has a lack of bowel control. She has conjunctivitis on both eyes and has a lump near right back leg. She is also drinking a lot of water.
We can't afford to taker her to our vet as we owe them a high bill and Husband has gone bankrupt. So right now i don't know what to do other then do the best that i can to help her stay comfortable

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Does Molly have type 1 diabetes (most common in dogs) and if so, is she receiving her insulin? Without establishing levels of blood glucose and investigating other possible causes for the loss of appetite, weight loss and faecal incontinence (apart from the progression of the diabetes), it isn’t possible to determine any treatment to be given. If Molly isn’t receiving insulin for type 1 diabetes, serious complications may occur like diabetic ketoacidosis which would need intensive Veterinary care to stabilise. I would highly recommend your options with Molly in light of your financial situation; have you tried another Veterinarian in your area or a Charity Clinic? Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

No Recovery
Treatment Cost: $60.00
The advice that you gave me was good advice but sadly to say that Molly died on the 15/12/2016 at 2.00 am at home

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Tess
Border collie
11/12
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhoe
Diarrhoea

Medication Used

Hills prescription diet

Hi, last year my partner and I rescued an old farm dog who had been abandoned next door when the owner moved out. She is an 11 yr old collie and had terrible pyometra when we got her, after getting that finally sorted by a spay, she picked up nicely tho they did find and remove a growth in her tummy. Now months later, she keeps getting diarrhoea. It took weeks last time and a prescription diet and pre/probiotics to sort this out, she was pooing and sometimes weeing overnight in the porch where we shut her at night. It has come back a couple of times since and now it is back again, started three days ago, seemed much better yesterday, she even had a couple of normal poos late last thing last night so I thought (wrongly) she was better again. However, this morning there was both poo and wee everywhere again. She tries to strain all the time when this is happening, if you take her outside, she just crabs around the place straining and trying so hard to go poor lass, today, she had a tiny appetite, she is back on the expensive prescription diet which defintiely helps. We do not know why it keeps on recurring as she did seem fine. We are very aware of how old she is and know may have limited time left. We want to do right for her and this pooing etc. inside obviously upsets her ( and me as my other half refuses to clean ANY of it up ever as it make him feel sick! I don't know what he thinks it does to me!!! Anyway, is this likely to keep happening, could it be related to her illness before, should I try nappies? I take her out last thing at night. Once she is better, this problem stops and she perks up and seems fine. Our problem is she is always eating or likcing horrid stuff, we tried a muzzle on her but she lost the will to live! Any help owuld be appreciated

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot believe that people would abandon their dog when they move out, especially an old dog. There maybe many problems occurring here, especially as Tess likes to eat and lick ‘horrid stuff’ which would explain bouts of diarrhoea (who knows what types of bacteria she is ingesting); since Tess is now straining, it maybe possible that she has a foreign body since she isn’t very picky about what she is eating, this would explain the straining to defecate and possibly the loss of appetite. You could try giving her mineral oil or plain tinned pumpkin to see if it would help her to go, otherwise you would need to visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination and possibly x-rays to see if there is an obstruction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Josie
Bichon Frise
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Defecating in home

Medication Used

Ondasetron
Ondansetron
Famotidine, metronidazole, cerenia
Fortiflora
Science diet I/d
Animax ointment
Cerenia tablets
Metronidazole

My dog (9 lbs) ate 5/8 bars of 85% dark chocolate over Christmas and was taken to the ER a few times. She had severe diarrhea for about 5 days and we took her to her normal vet at that point because it had not stopped, even on all the medication they prescribed (see meds). Our vet gave us chlorhex flush to clean her 2x/daily and animax ointment to apply. We have been using it diligently; however, our dog seems to have lost some control over her anal muscles because she has been pooping in the house at least once/day. When she does, it's always just a tiny piece, and she seems to know this is wrong because of her behavior to hide. I have seen it come out and she's in the standing position, not her usual crouch. I guess my question is: is this normal for what happened to her and she's just not completely healed yet? ( it's been about 2 weeks) Or is this potentially a long-term effect of her eating the chocolate?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for faecal incontinence in dogs including infections, parasites, anal sac disease, bowel disease, tumours (uncommon in younger dogs), degeneration of nerves etc… I cannot think of a connection to the poisoning event three weeks ago but the cause maybe due to the causes I listed above, I would advise you to speak with your Veterinarian to have them examine Josie for reflex of the anus and other signs (back injury etc…). The fact that she isn’t conscious of the faeces coming out (in standing position) is concerning and may indicate loss of sensation of the rectum. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog does the same thing, it's a 1yr old bernedoodle and he knocks it's happening though. The last time he had this happen to him was around him being 6 months and we took him to the vet. They gave us medicine and whatnot for him, but it was not doing anything. We did our own experiment and just started taking away extra treats and foods besides the dog food. In result we found out that the dog food was what was giving him the uncontrollable bowel movements. We switched his food to a lesser value brand he was alright. So I will do the same thing this time (process of elimination), but if it doesn't change I will take him to a vet.

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Maggie
Goldendoodle
7
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Soft stool

My 7 year old Goldendoodle is getting up during the nigh and pooping near the door she would go out.
It's very soft stool. She doesn't do it everyday but a lot lately...could it be her food?
She doesn't bark to wake us up she just runs downstairs

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various reasons why Maggie may be needed to go to do her business during the night including diet, gastrointestinal disorders, infections, parasites nerve damage among other causes; the fact that she knows she needs to defecate and goes to the door is a positive sign (she is conscious of the need to defecate), it may be a case of walking her late before you go to bed to give her a chance to defecate, also changing her feeding time may help too. If the problem continues, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lexi
Labrador Retriever
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loose bowel muscles

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral
Gabapentin
metoclopramide
Carprofen

I have a 9 month old lab who just recentky had bowel obstruction surgery. Actually it was 4 days ago. Now she has loose bowel muscles. When she wakes up i notice a small piece of feces here and there. And sometimes see it stuck or falling out of her anus. Is this just because of the meds or the fact that she has had such a invasive surgery and it will pass over time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Faecal incontinence can occur after surgery, especially if the rectum was involved. The incontinence may be transient but I cannot guarantee if it will improve or not. This is something that you would need to keep an eye on. Speak with your Veterinarian about the section operated on. Some medications may cause diarrhoea, but you would have to see what happens as four days is a short period of time after surgery and the trauma of the surgery may be causing increased activity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Dingo and cattle dog x boarder collie
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I have a two year old boarder collie. Human years. He keeps pooping in the house and my husband is ready to get rid of him. He tells us when he has to go, but on days when he poops in the house, he will keep asking to go outside and eventually, it just comes out inside. We tried to switch to a grain and chicken free dog food, but still no help and he has had it over 30 days. He does not always have the accident though.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When Buddy asks to go out, do you always take him out or are you trying to keep him to a schedule? Also, when you take him out, are you giving him an opportunity to defecate? It may sound ridiculous, but some dogs will not defecate immediately when they go out, even though they need to; they will walk around for a bit and will defecate when it is right for them. Otherwise, further house training or puppy pads (I know he is two) may help or speak with a Behaviourist as this most probably a behavioural issue (rather than a medical one). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Flynn
Labrador Retriever
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fecal Incontinence

My dog has fecal incontinence. He is one year and eight months old. Male and neutered as a young puppy. His fecal incontinence started about eight months ago. It is solid when it comes out but it happens when he sleeping or just walking especially outside. His accidents inside are mostly when he sleeping. He doesn't ever really squat anymore to go to the bathroom, it just falls out. We've had x-rays done on his spine and his stomach and didn't see any irregularities but they did notice some excess gas in his stomach. I've tried different food but it didn't seem to do anything. Right now he's on grain free food. What would be my next step? Could this be from anxiety? from a food allergy even though I've tried different foods?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Incontinence from dietary problems usually results in diarrhoea, not formed faeces; gas in the stomach can be something or nothing. Damage to the anal sphincter, rectum or the nerves in that area (not the spine) can result in faecal incontinence; also parasites, tumours (unlikely in a dog his age) and muscular disorders may result in faecal incontinence. You can try cutting back his diet to a basic boiled chicken and rice diet to see what happens; also checking for an anal reflex will indicate if there is nerve control or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Phoebe
Pug
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

dragging of hind legs
lack of bowel control

I have a Chinese pug, she is 14 years old. About 8 years ago she was hit by a car on her low back and hind quarters. Took her to our vet he said she was severely banged up but would be okay. About six months ago she started defecating in the house(she has been house broke for years). She is now defecating in her sleep she is dragging her hind legs and almost looks like she doesn't have feeling in her right hind leg. Is there any thing we can do for her? Or are we looking at our vet suggesting she be put down. You can tell she is in pain most days just to walk and the majority of that is dragging her hind legs. If there is something we can do to ease her pain we want to go that route as Phoebe is not just our pet she is our family. We have also notice her sight & hearing is diminishing as I expect due to her age. What would you recommend?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly it would be useful to have an x-ray done to see if the cause is inflammation or skeletal; if purely inflammatory, medication may help with the severity but if the problem is skeletal (herniated disk) then pain management is the way to go. I cannot comment with performing an examination and x-ray; the sight and hearing would probably be attributable to her age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I
Just rescued a English bulldog male puppy he is 9 weeks the owners had the litter to the vets he was born with something to do with his spine he is incontinense with no control
To his bowls in dipars now the vet told them best to put him to sleep they did not have the heart to do so I wanted another bull dog male so
I offered to take and help
Him he plays and is happy my question can surgery help him

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Sasha
German Shepherd
9
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Shaking
Lumps Under Skin
Incontinence

I have a 9yr old German Shepard Husky mix. She has had hip problems for years and now is pooping without knowing it. We have noticed a large lump on her side as well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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German Shepherds are prone to spinal issues, this may be the cause of the faecal incontinence your Veterinarian would be able to tell you after an examination and possibly an x-ray. The lump may be a benign lipoma or something more serious, again your Veterinarian would be able to examine the lump and give you more information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Shih Tzu
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fecal incontinence

My 6 year old Shih tzu was hit by a car a few months ago and her pelvis was shattered, she's fully recovered now but seems not be in control of her bowels. Is there anything that can be done?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that there has been some damage to the nerves supplying to rectum and anus; unfortunately, there isn’t treatment for nerve damage but the condition may improve but it unlikely. Supportive and nursing care is the best course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Spudz
Pug
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Leg Lameness
Incontinence

Medication Used

none

11 year old pug, urine and bowel incontinent. He does not ever realize he is going. Drags back leg and has had several seizures over last year. Doctor did a bunch of tests about 8 months ago when he was simply bowel incontinent and did not find anything wrong and we spent over $800. Now he is not able to control any function and seems in pain about 1/2 the time but the other half just a happy boy. We can not afford to do a bunch more tests and wondering if we are looking at a neuro problem and if we need to start thinking about putting him down. It kills us and we would love to have an endless supply of money to fix him but not really sure if we would be prolonging the inevitable. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for loss of continence and lameness in the hind limbs; but the most common cause is spinal injury or lesion putting pressure on the spinal cord. I would recommend a myelogram to look for compression on the spinal cord, but you would need to decide after speaking with your Veterinarian if you would want to do this procedure. Other possible cause are trauma, tumours and nerve inflammation. The decision to euthanise would be one that has to be made weighing up quality of life and pain management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Theodore
Saint Bernard
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

uncontrollable bowel movements
Vomiting
Poor Stool Control

I have a 4 month old St. Bernard. He's potty trained and is extremely well behaved for a puppy. However, we have had more than 5 instances in the last month where he poops in the bed, and vomits during the night. He has already been taken to the Vet where there sent us home with a certain pill he was to take twice a day, one chewable every 8 hours, and gastrointestinal canned food. He's been off the medication for about 3 days now, and we are back to where we started with the accidents.
What could be the cause of this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various issues which may be going on here and it depends on what your Veterinarian discovered during their physical examination; an inflamed nerve or protruding disc can cause faecal incontinence as well as infections, parasites, behaviour among other issues. You should return to your Veterinarian to discuss the last treatment prescribed and the effects whilst on the medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maximus
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check

Medication Used

none

As soon as I take Max to the park, for walk ,or to the lake swimming..anywhere in public... its like he gets the nervous runs.. he poops until nothing comes out than still keeps trying to poop..the last time i feel like he tried to poop 20 times and only 5 times poop came out. I have taken him to the vet, he was tested, they didn't find anything wrong with his sample.. recently he was stinky, i took him to the vet, they He has had his bowels cleaned out they said they didn't see any sign of infection. He is totally fine at home... but as soon as I get him out in public its a non-stop poop fest... What can i do to help him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Stress is a powerful emotion and it seems that Max is having stress induced defecation when he is outside of his safe zone (I am assuming he is OK in the garden / yard and around the house). Some stressful event may have caused Max to have this reaction to being in public; to be honest, this is most likely a behavioural issue and would need a Behaviourist to observe Max in the home and then in public to determine if they are able to suggest anything for him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Darth
Labrador Retriever
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Uncoordination
Out of Breath

Our 13 year lab has developed Fecal incontinence over the past few months. This has been accompanied with excessive panting that started a few months before the Fecal incontinence. He has gone in the house a dozen times, goes on the cement patio immediately outside of his entrance into the house and has even gone in his kennel, apparently while he was asleep. He is still willing and excited to go on his walks but a animal control officer noted his "wobbly walk" when he got out of the yard a few months ago.

With him being 13 years old, are we reaching the point of putting him down? When we take him to the vet, what kind of tests should we expect them to run and what are a few of the diagnosis we may be looking at? Advanced Hip Dysplasia?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Faecal incontinence can be caused by either a disorder in the anal area (such as a tumour or infection) or from a neurological issue. Given his age and the wobbly walk the issue sounds to be neurological; this can be tested by your Veterinarian by checking for a response when simulating the anus, checking the reflexes of the hind legs and an x-ray of the pelvis and lumbosacral spine to check for trauma, vertebral subluxation or another pathology. The findings from this examination would determine the severity and possible management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 6 year old female mini schnauzer. A few months ago, she began to expel grape sized ball of poop while sleeping. She is in great health, eats wellness core reduced fat dry food and is otherwise energetic and happy. The problem is almost daily. Two vets have performed anal exams without finding lack of muscle or tumors. She passed neuro exams a fecal tests with flying colors. We are stumped. Any ideas?

My 13yo lab is exhibiting the same symptoms. I'd love to know if you found what caused Darth's incontinence and/or a treatment that worked.

My dog is only 1.5 years and I see this. Has anyone gotten x-rays? The vet recommends this next.

Having same problem with 7.5 yr old female Havanese. She's had urinalysis (she has crystals in urine that we are working on), blood work, fecal sample is normal (no parasites), and a sonogram which came back 100% normal. Aside from her best buddy, my husband, passing 3 months ago, there is nothing medically wrong. The only thing I can possibly think of is, about 10 days prior, she had her anal gland expressed. She's starting a new food now to address the crystals and the vet suggested Glandex for her anal glands (don't want to start everything at the same time so holding off on this). She gives me one grape sized poop in bed almost daily and occasionally will drop a nugget while walking. She goes on pads in the house and otherwise has 100% totally normal BM's. I hope to hear from the vet here because if not, I'm making an appointment with a specialist.

My dog (chihuahua) recently had his anal glands expressed at our vets office...since that time he had dropped small pieces of poop while walking and sleeping. I am unsure whether this is something that will pass or not. This has never happened before.

My 9 year old Westie has had his anal sac removed and was told in a few days he would stop dropping poo. It's only been 10 days since the operation. But he's still doing it and he seems down all the time. Is this normal and will the pooing stop.

LUARNOLD1 -my 13year old hound dog had her anal sac removed 2 months ago, she too has been dealing with lack of fecal control still :-(
Have you found any answers. Weirdly enough, at the same time that happened she started leaking pee as well. Doctor has been thinking it is her muscles readjusting after surgery. Wondering how it's going for your baby?
Jess

Wow, we've all got the same thing going on here with no answers or help. Since my initial post, my Havanese has had an MRI and spinal tap. Know what they found? NOTHING! ZERO! Thank God I have insurance that paid the almost $3,000 bill! Wish we could all get some information here. I'm sure all of us/you have spoken to or seen your own vet, but not getting anywhere. I'm Stu,led as to what to do or try next.

My dogs cause is injury due to being hit by a ar. I found her in the street is how she became my dog. Of course no one thinks I should spend so much on a dog that isn't mine, but I love this little long haired Chihuahua☺ Need a neuro vet commendation in Atl. IG: life_withlena Thanks

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Sparky
Boston Terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Incontinence

I have a 7 yr old spayed Boston Terrier that has a fecal incontinence when she sleeps. Until recently, I think she was unaware of the small amount of feces she passed. I have noticed that she now knows when a small amount comes out, and she is very embarrassed about it. When this first stared I thought it was due to the fact that we live in a cold climate, and she would be tense and curl up tight before bed. However, this is happening now in the summer when it is hot and she is not curling up, and I have made sure she has a blanket on her. It has gone from occasional to everyday. Any ideas of how to help this situation or what we should do for her?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of fecal incontinence in dogs; these may include nerve damage (from trauma, immune-mediated disease), anal sac disease, infections or damage to the anal sphincter muscle. Determining, treating (if possible) or managing the underlying cause of the problem may resolve it. A simple check you can do at home is it slightly push a pen lid next to her anus to see if it responds, if not there may be damage to the nerve supply to the sphincter muscle. Without examining Sparky I cannot give a diagnosis; therefore visit your Veterinarian for a check up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Don't feed ground beef, it is too fatty especially for a boston which are prone to sensitive stomachs. Chicken would be much better, but if you want to rid your dog of health issues, switching to a raw diet is the best thing. I have had bostons for 30+ years and dealt with various health issues. I switched my 3 kids to raw 4 years ago and have had zero health problems since. Also my now 15yr old, which starting slowing down at age 11 runs around like a puppy again after the switch.

I have a Boston Terrier and I'm not for sure what is wrong with my baby.
She can't control her bowls, she uses it while sleeping.
I was just giving a new food for her to try and also my husband have her some ground beef.....can someone help me

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Luna
Olde English Bulldogge
10 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mouth Odor

My puppy is 8 months old and appears to have fecal incontinence. She will poop in her crate, while resting, while relaxing and playing. My dog also does not bark at all and has a wobbly walk but it's tough to tell if gait related to posture because I have an emglishbulldog. Stool tested negative . No diarrhea

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually faecal incontinence in younger dogs is caused by an infection, poisoning, nerve damage, trauma, medication, congenital abnormalities or musculoskeletal problems. Since you mention a wobbly walk and posture, it is possible that there are some musculoskeletal issues leading to a wobbly walk and could cause leaky bowels; a simple x-ray (possibly also with myelography) would be able to confirm (or rule out) musculoskeletal problems. A simple test to carry out is to see if there is a reaction to the anus if you slightly push a pen lid next to the anus, if there is no reaction, loss of muscle tone or nerve supply is evident. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dorris
French Bulldog
5 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Incontinence

My 5 month old puppy can't control her poop, she always has it leaking from behind, whenever she sits she leaves a trail of poop, she poops whilst sleeping as well

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst faecal incontinence is rare in puppies, it still may occur; there are a few different causes of faecal incontinence including damage to the anal sphincter, damage to the nerve serving the sphincter, anal gland problems (abscesses, tumours or infections), parasites or poisoning (usually occurs with other clinical signs). A simple test to carry out is to push (lightly) a pen lid next to the anus, if you see the sphincter reacts; if the sphincter doesn’t react, there may be a problem with the nerve supply to the sphincter. At your next visit to your Veterinarian (maybe soon for spaying), have them examine Dorris to help determine the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rizzo
5 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Anal Discharge

We rescued our 5 month old baby boy German Shepherd 10 days ago and we have had him at the veterinarian multiple times. He doesn't show signs of hunkering down and trying to have a bowel movement, it pools around his anus and gets in his fur until it falls out. He has been doing at urinating however when we are away he sleeps in it. Our veterinarian has put him on meds but said he could be incontinent. We are not wanting to give up on him, could this be from anal fistulas or does this sound permanent? He is on Purina gastroenteric food.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst this condition usually affects older dogs, it may occur in younger dogs; causes may be due to damage to the anal sphincter, infection of anal glands, fistulas, parasites or nerve damage. Drugs like Loperamide are motility modifying drugs and may help the cause of incontinence by increasing sphincter tone, but are contraindicated in cases of infection. A simple test with a pen lid pressed next to the anus would determine if there is anal tone, the anus would pucker, other tests may include x-rays or blood tests to determine if an underlying cause could be identified. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mita
Miniature Schnauzer
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Voiding small stools when sleeping or relaxed

Medication Used

none

I have a 6 year old female mini schnauzer. A few months ago, she began to expel grape sized ball of poop while sleeping. Sometimes it is during the day and sometimes at night. Sometimes it is several times a night. She is in great health, eats wellness core reduced fat dry food and is otherwise energetic and happy. The problem is almost daily. Two vets have performed anal exams without finding lack of muscle or tumors. She passed neuro exams a fecal tests with flying colors. We are stumped. Any idea?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are numerous factors that may cause a dog to let out little pieces of stool when relaxed, mainly in this type of case the problem is neurological where relaxation gets to a point where the anal sphincter doesn’t remain closed and a piece of stool passes. The exact cause, I cannot think of as I am sure both of your Veterinarian’s would have ruled out the usual suspects. Sorry I cannot be of much help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Mariahfike, was there ever anything discovered? This sounds like the exact situation as my 9 yr old mini schnauzer and I'd like to have some idea before walking away from the vet's hundreds of dollars lighter.

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Blade
Japanese Akita
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lack of muscle tone in back legs
Incontinence

My Japanese Akita is 12 years old and has been on steroids for over 5 years as he has an immune system problem, his skin attacks him. For the last 6 months his bowel control has got unbelievably bad. He passes stools whilst asleep, whilst walking and eating. His back end isn't great in terms of getting up from the floor and if you tickle his back he falls to the floor

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Faecal incontinence and hind limb weakness is not uncommon is older dogs and can be caused by a few different causes; they can be caused by nerve degeneration, spinal lesions, trauma to the back, abscesses, infections, parasites, lack of anal tone among other causes. Checking Blades anal reflex with a pen lid will help to determine if there is a functioning nerve supply to the sphincter. When Blade sees his Veterinarian for his shots, bring it to their attention to check anal reflexes and general spinal conformity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mickey
Labrador Retriever
2
Mild condition
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Mild condition

We adopted a golden lab in Feb that had been hit by a car (not sure what happened but the rescue had him vetted) & he had to have his right back leg amputated. He's adjusted well with only 3 legs but every once in a while he wakes up and has had an incontinent bout of stool. I have him on a sensitive stomach/skin diet & we try very hard to not let him have table scraps, though we have a toddler. I thought at first it was just an accident, maybe didn't go out close enough to bed but it's happened a couple times now so that's why I'm looking for advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cases of vehicular trauma are very difficult to evaluate and whilst walking (even on three legs) may seem perfectly fine, there may be moments of faecal or even urinary incontinence which would be attributable to the injury. Each case is different so it is difficult to advise exactly, if anything, can be done; another examination may be required and a test of anal tone as well to check reflexes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hadley
Pit bull
9 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eliminating while sleeping & walking

Hadley is a 9 week old pit I got her today under the impression she just had "something wrong with her hips" I got her home and she has no control over eliminating what so ever . She has a large rip in from her anus to her vagina , it's deep but it could be where she poops and it stays there until it eventually falls, she couldn't use her back legs when she was younger would drag her back end only using her front now she uses her back legs but her hips don't exactly look normal they turn outwards help!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is absolutely nothing I can recommend for you to do at home apart from clean any faeces immediately from the vaginal area after defecation to try to reduce the possibility of a urinary or genital tract infection. You need to take Hadley into a Veterinarian immediately for an examination of her back end, spine and the anus/vagina issue; I do not know what advice you are looking for apart from go to a Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Honey
Pug
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fecal Incontinence

Medication Used

No medications were prescribed

Hi there my 8 year old pug has recently started with fecal incontinence, she does not seem to know she is going to go, and walks while she goes. Have also noticed her hind legs are a bit unstable. She has had some trouble jumping up, which is also not normal. Luckily, she appears to be in no pain. She tried a round of antibiotics and her fecal test was negative for bacteria or infection. Her vet has suggested multiple courses of diagnosis included X-ray, blood panel, specialist neurologist consult, MRI or CT scan. I am trying to determine what path to take and what might be wrong. If it is neurological is there hope for her? :-( thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An x-ray is certainly valuable as it may indicate some vertebral instability or spinal lesions which would be consistent with faecal incontinence and hind leg weakness; a blood test would indicate Honey’s internal health and would give some sign of an inflammatory process as well as giving a snapshot of her liver and kidney health. Checking reflexes around the anal sphincter with a pen lid and general neurological examination may be valuable too; but x-rays and a blood test would be a minimum course of action. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Golden Retreiver
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Incontinence

Hi there, We have a 12 year old Golden Retreiver that has arthritis in her back legs. We take her for monthly injections and she has 4cyte to help assist her movement. In the past couple of weeks she hasn't been able to hold her poo as well. When she needs to go she goes sometimes not even realising she has, in her bed or lying down. Stools are fully formed and normal. She is eating a bit less than normal not finishing her dinner all at once but usually coming back to it later. It does seem like a bit of loss of appetite. Wondering whether to take her to the vet or this is old age creeping along side the arthritis. Your help would be great.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This does sound like age related issues, but it wouldn’t hurt to have your Veterinarian check Bella over to be on the safe side. Faecal incontinence can start out intermittent and sporadic and end up being permanent; spinal issues, inflammation and anal gland disorders may cause faecal incontinence at Bella’s age so it is important to determine which specific cause it the culprit so you can keep track of her overall health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dakota alias Odie
Catahoula
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Dog is Catahoula- approx. 9-10 years old. Also has oral cancer. Bowel movement starts while he is sleeping- but he can't even hold rest in until I run to the door to get him out. Becoming more frequent- sometimes occurs 2 times in one night. Hind quarters are ok but not great- have gotten worse over time- can go for months without falling or can fall a few times in a week. Is there help for him? Has gas, does scoot on my rug when his butt is dirty- I clean him up if I know. And had always walked & pooped at the same time. Just had worm check a few months ago- had worms- gave him frontal from vet. Can he be helped?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Worm treatments should be done monthly to ensure that a dog stays worm free; the faecal incontinence may be caused by a few different things which may include age, spinal disorders, anal gland problems, metastasis of cancer (depending on the type of oral cancer) as well as other causes. Another checkup by your Veterinarian would be best as any treatment or management options would be dependent on the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tito
Shiba Inu
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

overweight
Tired

My 12yr old Shiba Inu (Tito) has suddenly started to deficate on the walkway/sidewalk instead of the grass like he's done his whole life! We have a fenced in yard so we don't walk him on a leash which I may start to do to try and avoid this issue. It's not like he's losing control and can't help it because he's literally sniffing around until he finds that spot satisfactory. What can be the issue? Is it just older laziness? I'm very worried at this point.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is most likely a behavioural issue unless the grass is far away and he cannot wait that long; you should try to show disapproval of his choice of defecation area and possibly take him into the garden on a lead and walk him around the grass, when he defecates on the grass make a big deal of it. I do not think this is a medical issue if he is seeking a spot on the path to make his business. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ziggy
Redbone Coonhound/American Bulldog
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

HI We have a 9 year old bulldog/red coonhound mix. He has bowel incontinence. He will try so hard to go on the grass but can't as soon as he lays down he goes. He has problems with his back legs and has trouble standing. We clean him up only to turn around to a mess again. He's a love and it's hard to think of putting him down. I guess we are looking for advice. Can this be helped or is the quality of life for him over?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what is going on, but an examination by your Veterinarian and an x-ray may be useful to determine what is going on; disks and other issues may cause back leg weakness and faecal incontinence. Acupuncture or Chiropractic care may help depending on the specific underlying cause; I would recommend getting an x-ray and consulting with an Acupuncturist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Joey
Malti-Poo
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a 13 year old Maltipoo. He is slightly overweight and has been having anal issues for some time now. The vet has expressed his glands, but after this is done, it almost always worsens. He scoots alot during the day and will go outside and poop before he pees or anything else. There have been times when he will whine or cry afterwards. Often, after he poops, he will scoot, walk away and then poop again. It's seems to almost involuntary. Any thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Anal gland issues can be a constant problem and may seem like a never ending battle; if the problem is persistent, then surgery may be considered to remove them but in a dog Joey’s age it would need to be justified. I would look more into possible dietary changes and increasing fiber content to help with defecation and reduce straining to decrease any irritation when doing his business. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Eco
Cotton de tuleur
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive poop. Anxiety
Excessive poop

Hi Doctor my 5 year old cotton de tuleur has lost control of his bowel. I thought it was behavior so we tried crate training him again and he still manages to poop in the crate as well. It began about 3-4 weeks now and what shocks us it is a lot of poop. He has been overall a healthy dog but always suffered from anxiety, loud noises scare him and really doesn’t like being touched unless he approaches you. Always has been sensitive to certain movements and sound. We have a backyard and he won’t go outside he keeps going inside and always when we are not around. We have examined the poop and see no worms and his behavior is normal appetite normal just that he keeps pooping in the house and a lot, normal poop not diahreas. We only feed him a cup a day/ Rachel Ray food. Should I do a dewormer? Of course all this happens after we discontinued dog insurance. We are desperate.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Use of an anthelmintic should be a regular routine in your home to prevent any worms in Eco. The important question here is: is there a loss of faecal continence or his he just not willing to go outside to do his business? If he is scared, it is possible that this is behavioural and should be addressed as such; if there is no diarrhoea and he is able to hold it in until you are not around would suggest he has control of his movements. A visit to your Veterinarian to check him for a medical issue would be useful before settling on the cause being a behavioural issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tazzie
Belgian Malinois
15 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hind legs weak,
Loss of Balance

I am wondering how to help my old dog who is having difficulty with bowel control,hair loss and skin eruptions both under and above her skin. Is there some possible thing that can help her regain control?

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without seeing her, I cannot diagnose or suggest anything for her. At her age, it would be a great idea to have her seen by your veterinarian, as often times older dogs have problems with bowel control due to arthritis issues, and they can sometimes benefit from pain medication and joint supplements. It would benefit her to have a good exam and see what medications she might benefit from to be more comfortable. I hope that she does well!

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Boomer
Goldendoodle
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Incontinence

Medication Used

Proin

I have recently taken in a one and a half year old goldendoodle from a friend who could no longer care for him due to incontinence. He suffered a broken back in May of this year due to an automobile accident and while he has regained use of his legs and most of the feeling in his tail he remains bowel and bladder incontinent. The vet who conducted the surgery advised us that most of his recovery would be occur within 12 weeks - we are now at about 5 months post surgery and he has no control of his bowel and very little of his bladder. I do have an appointment for later this month to see an animal rehab facility with the hopes that some holistic approaches might be helpful. Is there any kind of food we could be feeding him so that he produces less feces? At this point we are looking for ways to manage his condition as I'm not very optimistic that we'll see much more improvement. We keep a belly band on him but find that diapers with the feces can be messy. It's almost easier just to pick up his mess than to squeeze him into a diaper and then to have to clean up his skin afterward. If there are any blogs/groups with others that have the same issues that might be helpful as well. Any advice you can give would be much appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cases of spinal injury are always unpredictable to determine the level of recovery. At the point of five months post trauma, the chances of seeing much improvement are slim but holistic therapy wouldn’t hurt to try, especially if it would ease severity. I agree that diaper’s are not the best method for ‘bowel control’ as the irritation, skin cracking and possible infection aren’t worth the hassle in most cases. There are numerous forums and blogs on almost every subject relating to animal health; I tend not to recommend them because some comments (by lay people) may be overall damaging to an animals health as they generally don’t weigh all considerations of a case and make recommendations based on their own individual experience. Any information received from forums and blogs should be cross referenced with reputable sources of information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kuma
Akita Inu
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

hello, I have an akita she is about 13-14 years of age that is having the issue everytime she gets up from sitting poistion or even laying down she poops, sometimes this happens when she stands up she pees, we are not sure why we never had this issue till about 2 months a go and it is getting worse not sure what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Kuma’s age, it may be just age related; I would recommend having an examination performed by your Veterinarian to look for any other possible causes but age is probably the cause. There are various management options from medication to acupuncture to laser therapy and these should be discussed with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
german shepard
14
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 14 year old diabetic german Shepard who is controlled (diabetic) is now pooping without knowing it. We have noticed that she is having issues with her back end when she tries to get up & she is a little more shaky when walking. She has always had some bladder incontinence since diabetic diagnosis but the bowel is new.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not unusual for dogs to get weak in their hind legs as they age and develop some incontinence (whether faecal, urinary or both); given Zoey’s breed, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and an x-ray to see how her spine and hips are doing in old age. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mitzi
Miniature Australian Shepherd
11
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Our dog seemed to have diarrhea. And she has a hard time pooping outside when we take her. We have to wait for her to poop for a few minutes. Recently he has been dropping poops in the house, they fall out of her butt. And of course we step in it and track it all over the house. She takes pills for urinary incontinence or leaking now, could she have some other problems?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As dogs age, they may lose some urinary or faecal continence; but this may also be attributable to spinal issues, anal sac disorders, tumours among other causes. If Mitzi isn’t aware she is defecating it is more concerning than if she squats; you should have Mitzi checked over by your Veterinarian to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nikita
Min Pin
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hello, I have a 13 year female Min pin. She has just had a bout of pancreatitis (3rd time) She is now recovering at home. Of course she had some diarrhea in the beginning and the vet said they had it controlled so she could come home. She has had very little diarrhea since she came home, just a little, but my concern is she has lost control of her bowels... the feces are very soft etc... it has been a week now since she was in hospital and still has lost control. She poops on herself when she is sleeping (it wakes her up) she also will be walking down the hallway and it just drops out (she seems to be truly unaware of it) I phoned my vet and she just said she needs to be re-trained! I disagree because my dog seems to be truly unaware and can't control it. They put her on pills when she came home (She was on IV meds while she was there) I was wondering can the meds cause this??? She was fine before the illness, no accidents. She cannot take Meta-cam, this made her diarrhea worse in past illnesses. So maybe she is very sensitive to meds? Besides her pancreas all the other bloodwork was good and normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sudden incontinence like this unusual and I cannot start to think about a possible cause; as you mentioned, Nikita isn’t squatting to defecate but seems to be truly unaware that this is occurring which is more difficult (if not impossible) to resolve. Check her anus and look for it puckering if you tap the side with a pen lid, it should react; if there is no reaction it is likely that some spinal issue or other neurological issue is the cause. I cannot think of anything to suggest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bj
Bichon Frise
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

loss of bowel control

My 4 year old Bichon kept having abcesses on his anal glands so had to have them removed. Since then he has become fecal incontinent. Is there anything more that can be done or will he have to be put to sleep.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure how long it has been since his surgery, but there is trauma to the nerves that make him able to control his bowel movements, and they will often regain control after a period of time as they recover from the surgery. You should check with your veterinarian and ask whether this is going to potentially be a long term problem, or whether he just needs a little more time. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Riley
Bullmastiff
9
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hello, I have a 9 yr old Bullmastiff female who has been exhibiting some fecal issues. Sometimes when she walks or is laying down fecal matter just falls out. She does have a benign tumor growing on the right side of her tail bone. Went to the vet a few months ago and said that if it's not bothering her then they wont remove it. It doesnt seem to bother her. When she lays down she will roll over on her back for belly rubs and often sleeps in a chair so the tumor doesnt seem to bother her. But, now she is starting to have accidents in the house even with routine walks. It almost seems like as soon as she is done eating she has to go out to poo or she will go on the floor. It is always the same area by the front door as well. The past few nights we have walked her late at night (10/11pm) and still over night she will have an accident before we wake up which is 6am. Her diet has not changed, the amount of food hasn't changed. We're not sure if she is depressed (had a baby 9 months ago and is indifferent towards him could really care less he's around) or is it possible she is starting some kinda of dementia? Any advise on what to do what would most helpful. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the level of faecal incontinence (she doesn’t feel it coming out or doesn’t squat for it) and the mass near her tail, I would certainly have your Veterinarian take a look at Riley to determine whether it is time to remove the mass or not as it may be the cause of the incontinence. You may try to time feeding with episodes of incontinence so that it doesn’t occur during the night, this may or may not help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sam
Vizsla
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

dementia
Degenerative spine
Separation Anxiety

Medication Used

Gabapentin
adequan
Selegeline

Hi! I have 14 yr old Vizsla/Chesapeake/other mix who is 68lbs. He was diagnosed about 8 months ago with both degenerative spine and doggy dementia. He has been prescribed gabapentin, Selegeline., and gets an Adequan injection every 3 weeks. We have been dealing with bowel incontinence for a while but it is getting worse (more frequent). When does poop outside it's on our deck. But, the worst is him pooping in his sleep. If I discover it first (usually because I smell it-his dog bed is on the floor by the bed) I take Sam outside and clean up. However if Sam discovers it he eats it. I've given him supplements for coprophagia but they don't seem to be helping. He is a very anxious dog and he is only eating the poop because he doesn't want to get caught. He isn't being disciplined for his accidents in the home because I know he can't help it. The fact he is eating it because he wants to hide it breaks my heart. I've discussed this with my vet and he just shrugs it off and says to continue giving him the meds. Any advice? I love my dog but I think his quality of life is starting to diminish quickly.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately, with spinal degeneration, the condition is progressive with treatment centred around slowing down the progression. I am 90% sure that Sam eats his faeces due to him knowing it is wrong to defecate in the house and his desire to remain a good dog in your eyes. Usually at this point there is no going back unless the cause is due to a nerve compression from subluxation (and other similar causes) there isn’t much else to do except offer Sam excellent nursing care in his old age; many owners are tempted to put diapers on their pets in cases of faecal incontinence but remember that faecal matter being pressed against the skin is not only difficult to clean but may cause drying and cracking of the skin leading to sores which get infected, regular cleaning is paramount. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sarge
American Bulldog
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fecal incontinence

Our dog had spinal surgery several months ago, and could not walk after and was fecal and urine incontinent. After a few months of acupuncture and water treadmill he is walking on his own and has control of urine, but still fecal incontinent. He does have feeling in his anus, as it bothers him if we try and manage where he goes by using an ice cube or qtip outside. He frequently goes inside almost immediately after coming in, so I was wondering if part of the issue could be behavioral? We never scold him for accidents, but are thinking about beginning basic potty training. He does soil while asleep, so I don't think he is aware some of the time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems like Sarge has had a good recovery from spinal surgery and if there is some faecal incontinence, it is more of an inconvenience than anything else. I do not believe that the faecal incontinence is behavioural since he still has accidents whilst asleep and it isn’t unusual for continence never to return in these types of cases. I would show disapproval for defecating in the home but do not punish him as he may not be able to help it and we don’t want to add to what has been already a stressful time for him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks! We'll continue as we are, then, and keep up the acupuncture and water treadmill

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Nyla
Labrador
11 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

I have an almost 11 month old chocolate Labrador, she has had diarrhea for as long as I can remember, at first we thought it was just her puppy poop and maybe her nerves and we have also tried different foods and nothing seems to help. She seems to not be able to hold her bowels either, at any moment she just jumps up and runs to use it in the closest corner. :(

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If her diarrhea/soft stools have not resolved over that time period, it would be best to have her exained by your veterinarian. Possible causes include parasites, food intolerances, foreign bodies, and intestinal infections. Your veterinarian will be able to examine her, find anything that might be abnormal, look at a fecal test, and work with you to return her stools to normal. I hope that everything goes well.

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Buttercup
Labrador Retriever
14 y
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Arthritis, Seizures and Diabetic

My dog is 14 years old and has Arthritis,diabeties and has had seizures which they are under control and has not had one since on meds. She is a yellow lab/golden. She was having problems leaking Urine and the vet helped her with that and she is doing good. Now she is pooping in weird places of the house like right in the middle of the stairway on the steps and other places, I dont think she realizes she is doing it and dont know what to do because it happens every day and it is hard not soft. Please let me know what I can do.

Thank you
Mrs. Colleen Monzo

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Faecal incontinence isn’t uncommon as a dog ages and may be irreversible, checking whether there is an anal reflex is important especially if you believe she is unaware of the defecation. You should check in with your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the specific cause but treatment options are limited according to underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Emma
Border Collie
2 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Low Energy
Frequent Bowel Movement
Anal Leakage

Hello,

I took my dogs on a walk, and one of them fell off of a sheer drop on the path. It was a 20-30 foot drop, and to my astonishment, she seemed fine. She had a small scrape on her jaw, and she pooped more frequently. I assumed that it was a reaction to the adrenaline that was in her body. However, she still poops alot (24 hours later), and she had anal leakage in my car for the past two days. I assume it's all the time, but I noticed it in my car. She's a very energetic dog, but her energy level has gone down. She's not lethargic, but she is less energetic.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Given the trauma that Emma just went through, it would be a good idea to have her examined by your veterinarian and make sure that she didn't sustain any nerve damage that might be able to be treated sooner rather than later. I hope that she is okay.

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Lady
Cocker Spaniel
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Incontinence

Hi,

Over the past couple of days my dog has had a lot of trouble holding her bowels. She never had accidents before and now is having bowel related accidents (diarrhea) during the night and day. She even has a little anal leakage (diarrhea) when she sleeps. It's happened quite regularly over the past 3-4 days. I plan on taking her to the vet, but am hoping to get a better understanding on whether it's most likely age related or if it could be an infection.

Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Lady’s stool is loose, it may be a case that she has an infection or gastrointestinal upset which is leading to this sudden case of faecal incontinence; other causes may be age related, spinal issues, anal sphincter reflex etc… For the time being make sure that she is cleaned up well after each accident so that the faeces doesn’t irritate her skin. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kenny
Bull arab
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dropping Stool As Walks

Hi our Bull Arab has had Bowel and Bladder incontinence since we picked him up from the breeder. we thought he would grow out of it. He is now 9 months old and has been diagnosed with Hip dysplasia after being desexed 4 weeks ago. He drops a bit in the back end occasionally which is why were alerted that there could be something more sinister going on. I am trying to be patient but he will even poop when he is asleep as I find it in the bed with him sometimes. he will walk around or play ball and it just drops out of him and he doesn't seem to know it. What would be your recommendation. He seems happy and healthy otherwise

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases it is a case of having a more thorough examination to determine the cause of the incontinence, myelography may be useful to look for any issues with the spine but a consultation with a Specialist would be the next step but this is possibly going to be a lifelong issue but you should at least diagnose the underlying problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cocoa
American Cocker Spaniel
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Bowel Movement
Dementia?

Medication Used

Levothyroxine 0.4mg
Phenobarbital 32.4mg
Amlodipine 5mg
Benazepril 10mg

Hi, my cocker spaniel just turned 12 years old a couple weeks ago. For the past couple days, he has been having the urge to defecate inside the house. He is trained and has been trained to potty outside since he was a puppy. He is kenneled at night in a big play pen, and has pooped three times in the past two days inside his play pen (even after his scheduled potty times outside, in which he has had perfectly healthy and plentiful poop). For example, last night at 3:30am, he defecated in his kennel (normal poop) even after pooping before bed, and then at 9am, before I could take him outside, he defecates again in his kennel (poop was what would be the last remnants of his previous poop "cycle", not diarrhea but softer than his regular poop). I did not see any signs of seizures (which he is prone to) prior to his defecation. His stool is totally normal, the same kind of healthy poop he always has, no constipation, no diarrhea, no blood. He looks to be comfortable, in no pain, has had no trauma, and has no bloating. But for some reason, he will continue to squat even after I know he has pooped everything out. Even after pooping outside, I will bring him in and he will continue to squat like he has the urge to poop. I haven't changed anything in his diet or medications, and he is drinking and eating normally. I really don't believe he has any gastrointestinal problems, but I know that can't be ruled out without copious amounts of tests. I'm really thinking that he's starting to have senility, because I have noticed a little difficulties in spatial awareness (with doors). What do you think Doctor?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This may be a medical issue (gastrointestinal or other) or a behavioural issue (due to aging, behaviour etc…); without examining Cocoa I cannot say what the specific cause is and if there is a age related cause it may not be possible to put our finger on the specific cause. If there was changes in consistency, smell, colour etc… we may be able to more pin the cause to a gastrointestinal issue or dietary issue, but if everything is normal a more thorough test is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wrigley
Korean Jindo-ish
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Erratic fecal incontinence
Erratic fecal incontinenc

Dear Dr. Turner,
Our guy Wrigley, a 50-pound short-hair mix about 15 years old, has taken to pooping indoors in a completely unpredictable way. He goes all night every night without pooping. I let him outdoors off and on throughout the day, but sometimes when I leave him alone at home for just an hour or two he leaves deposits on the carpet. The deposits are solid, and he shows no evidence of anal discomfort. Today he pooped on his favorite sleeping sofa. We have seen two vets, who have found nothing wrong or treatable. It's clear that his spine is creaky, as he sometimes has trouble lying down after standing for a while, and vice versa. He gets medical massage therapy once a week, and we give him Vetprofen and Glucosamine Chondroitin regularly. I have a sad feeling that he's just approaching life's end, but I would welcome any advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For me, if he is having these accidents when you are not at home, it signals more of a behavioural issue than a medical one; if there was a medical issue we would expect to see accidents throughout the day (and night) but accidents when you aren’t at home seems too specific for me. I haven’t examined Wrigley but if two Veterinarians have given a good bill of health I would be leaning more towards behaviour, almost separation anxiety. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dr. Turner,
Thank you for your insights. Separation anxiety seems a likely diagnosis for a loving, sweet and sensitive dog who has been nicknamed Mr. Needy Pants. We'll try to keep him company.
Many thanks-
Erin

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Bella
Jack Russell Terrier
1 Year
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

My dog is a year old and was just spayed. Usually she used to eat all of her food but only drink part of her water. But now since she has had surgery she eats very little but drinks her water and pees all over the house. She just walks and pees like she dont know she is doing it. She has been potty trained for nearly 6 months. What is the problem

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Urinary incontinence after spaying isn’t uncommon in dogs and may be related to inflammation, anaesthetic side effects or a sudden reduction in hormone levels after the removal of the ovaries; there are medical treatment options available once the cause of the incontinence is determined, you should pop into see your Veterinarian for a check up so that they can determine the cause and treat accordingly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Winston
American bully
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating In House
Not holding bowel movements

Medication Used

Rimadyl

My dog is almost 4 yrs old. He’s an American bully. He was perfectly potty trained. No accidents. He recently was diagnosed with hip displaysia. So now he’s on medication for his hips and joints. My problem is now he can’t seem to hold his bowel movements anymore. He used to hold it for 10 hours (the entire time I was at work and sometimes even much longer) when he was crated and even when he wasn’t. Now it doesn’t matter if he’s crated or not, he will have at least one urine spot and one bowel movement while I’m gone. Today I was notified less than 4 hours from being away from my house that he urinated 3 times and pooped on the floor. He can’t be crated all the time anymore due to the hip displaysia, but even when he was crated (twice in the last month) he would do both in his kennel before I arrived home from work.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Noted side effects of Rimadyl (carprofen) include diarrhoea or soft stool and urinary incontinence (discovered in post-approval experience); whilst I cannot say with certainty that the Rimadyl is the cause, you should visit your Veterinarian to discuss the medication and side effects. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.rimadyl.com/pdf/rimadyl_injectable_pi.pdf (includes information on chewable tablets)

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whiskey
Mutt
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Uncontrollable pooping

hi, i have a 2 1/2 year old chihuahua/pit/JRT mix. she is completely potty trained, tells me if she ever needs to go out, and can and will hold her bladder and bm's as long as shes in the house. just recently, she woke me up in the middle of the night trembling and panting and pooped in the house and shes been doing it for 2 days now randomly. she doesnt really seem too lethargic to me, and the poop is of normal consistency, a little on the soft side (most of the time, sometimes its diarrhea). i did change her food once a month ago but then switched back to her normal food last week but shes never had problems before with that in the past. what do you think is causing it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sudden soft stool and/or diarrhoea may be due to a few different causes which may include sudden food change, infections, parasites among other causes; I would give it a few more days to see if you notice any improvement in the stool and ensure that you show disapproval of the defecation in the house. If there is no improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian for a once over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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chloe
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

defication

Hello, im a vet student and doing a case study and i really was hoping for some tips, differential diagnosis, how to exclude these differential diagnosises?
The case is
Chloe, 9 years old female of breed English Staffordshire bullterier retired from having a athletic carrier. 
Chloe has become faecaly incontinent in the last three months. Owner reports that Chloe unintentionally defecates while greeting them and typically when she is barking at other dogs through the window. Also very often defecates shortly while start running, have training everyday where she runs 5 to 10km a day. NO problems are seen in her running, jumping etc.
Might also be partially incontinent regarding her urine as sometimes her bedding is wet in the morning. 
Eating, drinking faces is normal. 
She had a CCL ligament rupture on her right hind leg about 3 years ago and this was corrected by TTO (tibial tubercle osteotomy) . Chloe was examined by her family veterinary surgeon and this examination, subsequent blood test, abdominal ultrasound and contrast barium radiography of her abdomen did not reveal any problems.


WOULD ORTHOPAEDIC EXAMINATION BE RELEVANT?


Neurologic examination: 
LEFT HIND LEG: reduced proprioception and postural reactions; patellar and withdrawal reflex normal; nociception normal; 
RIGHT HIND LEG: same as the left, anal reflex is normal; cutaneous trunci is normal BOTH FRONT LIMBS: normal neurological status 
CRANIAL NERVES NAD: normal neurological status 

WHERE would you anatomically localize the problem based on the neurological examination?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Working through these cases and developing your analytic skills is fundamental for your future as a veterinarian - if I give you the answers, how will you learn? Best of luck to you with school!

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Bo
Pug
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

uncontrollable bowels
bowels

My Pug is 11 and will be 12 years old in December. For the past two months, off and on, he has had poop accidents. I have noted that when he goes to lay down in his bed he'll poop and its like he doesn't even know it. When we go on a walk he will walk and poop will just be coming out, and even in the house when I go to let him out as soon as he starts walking here it comes. I've been having to clean a whole lot and I'm over it. I don't know what to do. I took him to the vet about 3 months ago and they said he was fine. I took him because his balance is off, he doesn't use his right leg, he scoots around instead of walking mostly and when he does walk, he falls down because the right leg isn't supporting him or he walks side ways. The vet did a bunch of x-rays and said there is "nothing wrong" with him and when she did the physical exam she said Bo didn't pull away so that means there is nothing wrong. I've had this dog all his life, and there is no way I believe there is nothing wrong with him. This isn't like him. He lives to make me happy and he knows pooping inside does not make me happy so he wouldn't intentionally do that. It bothers me that the vet can't find anything wrong. She said his blood and urine came back good. I'm losing my mind, because I work all day and get home and have to clean up until bedtime, and even after bed because I awake to a horrible smell and Bo has pooped in his sleep. He stays asleep. I don't want to make Bo feel like he is in trouble because he really seems very surprised or like he doesn't know what is going on. Almost looking at me like, mom you pooped in my bed!? At first it was every now and then, and now its like, I don't even want to take him away from the house because I don't know when it will happen or where. Its all the time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Bo. He may be having some nerve degeneration or arthritis that is making this happen. If you don't feel like his diagnosis was correct, it never hurts to get a second opinion, and you can take his lab work and x-rays with you. If he is having arthritis pain, a problem with his back, or nerve degeneration, there may be medications that can help him. he may also benefit from a more digestible food so that he is having bowel movements less frequently. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Princess
West Highland White Terrier
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

change in bladder & bowel empting

I have a westie 4 years old. Over the past three days has not been going to empty her bladder when first let out in the garden. She aslo does the same with her bowels. She doesn't seem to do this until around about 13.00. She has her food round about 9 in the morning always has. Could you please tell me if I need to take her the vets or is there something I can do for her. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian as it is unusual for a dog to not empty their bladder first thing in the morning especially when it is a routine, defecation is not as reliable indicator as a dog will not always defecate first thing in the morning unlike urination. This may be the first signs of a spinal issue or another condition, but without examining Princess I cannot say with any certainty. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
3 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Yeast Infection
Allergies
Infection
Itching And Licking
Dear Dr. Turner, I have 2.5 year old staffy girl who occasionally loses some very dry and almost dusty/crumbly nuggets in her sleep. She's a rescue dog and was very unwell at the time we rescued her but we got on top of her health mostly apart from reoccurring yeast infections in her paws, lips, ears and tail. They're still a constant condition. She is on a really good raw food diet with no grains, starch and sugar. She only eats kangaroo, turkey and fish and gets offal and bones from those animals. We also supplement her food with ACV, kelp, coconut oil, pre and pro-biotics, and brewers yeast (I just recently started trialling the Brewers Yeas). She looks and acts very healthy apart from her yeast and nugget issues. Atm she's taking antibiotics due to an infected wound. We tried to avoid antibiotic as we worked so hard on getting her gut healthy but unfortunately we couldn't cure the infection naturally. She has been losing nuggets almost every night since the treatment. Do you think it is related to the antibiotics? Is there anything we can do about it? We are looking forward to your reply. Sunny regards from Australia Izzy & little Boo