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Is my dog ill?
2oledogs posted:
I have a 13yr old malti-poo that is now in diapers because he continuously pees and poops on my carpet. He will go outside and come right back in and do his business. Could something be wrong or is he just old.
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi 2oledogs,

We do see incontinence problems in older doggies and yes, they can be senile. Does he realize he is urinating and defecating?

We tend to do some simple tests on blood and urine to make sure there is not a medical problem first, and then we work on behavioral issues. We do have a few medications for the senile dog.

13 is older but really not that old for your breed of dog. Have you been to see your family veterinarian to make sure there are no other problems and get some help? Incontinence can be a real difficult problem to manage for the owner, and the pet so I hope you find some answers.

Dr. Sandy


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