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Old 04-28-2017, 10:50 AM
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One marble size poop each night?

I have a Shih Tzu seven years old. He slept with us all his life but for the last month or so he gets up and moves around disturbing our sleep. So we moved him into the living room for the night. Since then, about two weeks, he poops one sometimes two marble size poops that we find in the morning. Is this because we moved him or should I take him to the vet?
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If he is doing this in the house during the night, there could be a relationship to his moving around so much, possibly due to discomfort or pain. Since its sudden new behavior, I would have a Vet check him out.
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Are you certain that he isn't doing a full poop and eating it? He may just have too much freedom with access to the whole house. Maybe a crate at night would fix that?
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Thank you, I made an appointment with the Vet for next week and I will try to crate him and see what happens.
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My first thought is have you had him checked for thyroid problems?

Hypothyroidism could explain both the recent "insomnia" and the round, hard lumpy poops, which generally signify constipation; that type of stool on a regular basis is actually a good indicator of low thyroid in humans, and it could very well be the same with dogs. If it is the thyroid, you might also be seeing inexplicable weight gain, sudden onset bad teeth and less energy. Either way, something is causing the constipation, so if a food change doesn't work, a Vet visit may be in order.
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My first thought is have you had him checked for thyroid problems?

Hypothyroidism could explain both the recent "insomnia" and the round, hard lumpy poops, which generally signify constipation; that type of stool on a regular basis is actually a good indicator of low thyroid in humans, and it could very well be the same with dogs. If it is the thyroid, you might also be seeing inexplicable weight gain, sudden onset bad teeth and less energy. Either way, something is causing the constipation, so if a food change doesn't work, a Vet visit may be in order.
I will ask the Vet about the thyroid.

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