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Old 01-15-2016, 08:16 AM
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10 year old pooping in the house

Our black lab, Valor, will be 11 years old next month and about a month ago, he started pooping in the house. (note: he is a seeing eye dog and went through rigorous training so that this would never be an issue, so we don't think it's a behavioral problem.) When the issue began, it was diarrhea so we got him to the vet right away. The vet got him a prescription to treat a potential parasite, but we soon learned that wasn't the issue. While he was having the diarrhea we were switching to a diet of completely chicken and rice, and a spoonful of canned pumpkin. But it appeared to be only treating the diarrhea. After a few days the pooping in the house stopped and so did the diarrhea.

Then, a few days later we found another present in the house, in the same spot. It wasn't diarrhea, but the stool was a lot looser than typical for Valor. We assumed he was having trouble holding it and decided we needed to leave the door open for a few days until he gets back into the habit. And since has been the pattern. He goes in the house, we clean it up and feed him some pumpkin, and leave the door open for a few days, the presents stop, we close the door. And then he goes in the house again.

Some of the more curious symptoms to me are:
He always goes in the same spot
The stool is still very loose

Any feedback will be appreciated. We're grasping for straws at this point.
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:58 AM
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I'd probably contact or visit the vet again. Also, don't rule out behavioral just because he's been house trained all his life. Some dogs, as they age, seem to forget some of their house training habits and if he had a few bouts of diarrhea that caused the indoor accidents, he may have back slid a bit on the training.

If the vet rules out any other medical reason, I'd be inclined to treat him as though he's not fully house trained. Reward all elimination done outside. Limit access to the area he's been using inside.

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I second taking him back to the vet and getting them to do a thorough exam.

Also what did you clean up his accidents with? You should make sure that you're cleaning with a product made to eliminate dog smells.

If all checks out medically, I would be inclined to think that he just can't hold it that long anymore. Especially because the days that you left the door open there were no accidents. I would add a potty break through the day and like grabby says, treat him like he's not house trained, praise and treat for going outside. He should pick it back up quickly.
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