Because you needed another dog butt question today
July 28, 2014 5:49 PM Subscribe
My dog just had an accident inside for the second time this week and probably the 15th this summer after 8 years of never having one. I am getting really fed up. Warning: gross descriptions of dog poo inside.
My 8-year old dog keeps having loose stool accidents inside. They're not quite diarrhea- just extremely soft with huge globs of mucous and drips of poo everywhere. These accidents mostly happen in the middle of the night, but they also sometimes (like today) happen during the day. These accidents are followed by (I think) a couple of days of loose stool when we take her out. Today one of the dogs also peed in the house which neither of them has ever done since they were puppies. Her mood and behavior have both been totally normal- she's not asking to go out any more than usual and doesn't seem distressed. My boyfriend took her to the vet in early June after a few of these incidents and all of their tests came back negative.
This all started this May. I have a few hypotheses about what's going on, and all of them changed around the beginning of this summer.
Environmental- She has had these accidents both at my house and my boyfriend's house. It seems like maybe she has them at his house only when we've recently stayed at my house, which we have not done much since the beginning of the summer, but I'm not totally sure about that pattern. She had a good streak (sorry) for about the past month when we didn't stay at my place at all, but she's had two accidents since he's been out of town and I've been back home this week. There's a fenced-in yard at my house and she sometimes grazes on tall grasses/weeds (which obviously were not there pre-April/May), although she's always done this and it's never caused a problem before. I went outside yesterday and cut down everything that she could munch on just in case. She never had these problems when I was staying at my house more full-time. We haven't had any chemical treatments or other environmental changes in the house or yard.
Dietary- We switched her food around May to Taste of the Wild High Prairie from Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream. My dog has known food allergies that have been totally under control with non-shitty dog food but these allergies never involved GI distress. Both dogs seemed to react poorly to this change in diet--the other one's hot spots got worse--so we finished the bag and bought a bag of Pacific Stream yesterday. The vet didn't know what was wrong when we took her there in in June but suggested we try a bland diet of chicken and rice, but she's allergic to chicken and refused to eat the plain rice so we eventually gave up (I know) and went back to her regular food. She didn't have any problems when we switched her back.
Stress- She's been mostly staying at my boyfriend's house since May. She's high strung but generally very adaptable and I've never had a problem with her getting stressed while traveling or staying with friends. He's very strict with her, which has resulted in improvement in her behavior that I'm very happy about, but could also be stressful. However, the fact that it's gotten worse since he left doesn't support that hypothesis unless she's stressed out because the pack leader is gone.
I'm wondering if there's anything that I'm not considering or things that I can do to make her feel better and prevent me from having to wash my carpet yet again this summer.