Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
It does sound like Atticus has a digestive disturbance which may be an allergy ir it may be hereditary. If this soiling in the house seems like incontinence, I would worry about a neurologic issue that affects the anal sphincter so that Atticus cannot hold this in. This could be due to an unstable disc in his back that blocks some of the nerve supply allowing this fecal incontinence.
The best thing to do is to have your vet examine Atticus and run blood work as well as xrays to determine if there is a meidcal cause for this. In most cases, with dogs that are housetrained, the cause is medical and can be treated.
For now, give Atticus aspirin at 5 mg per pound every 12 hrs. If there is an unstable disc in his back, this will decrease the inflammation that may be blocking this nerve supply. Then feed Atticus the diet he is used to alog with Probiotics given daily ot help with digestion.
It is important that you have your vet examine Atticus...
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I took Atticus to the vet today and she said he is very healthy and thinks perhaps he has his body clock muddled.
She suggested more activity in the afternoon. I have fed him lactose free milk with rice for his evening meal. I will try probiotics I had thought of that myself. We will deworm him. He doesn't seem in pain and is very happy and active so I doubt a disc issue. We live on a large property with foxes and deer and we wondered if he had picked up a parasite or something similar. His diet has been the same for months now and he was thriving
Thank you so much, Lin, for your kind rating. It is very much appreciated! Even though you have rated, we can still communicate. If you have other questions, please Reply. I am always happy to help. I know that Atticus will do great with your love and care, Lin.
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I am feeding him lactose free milk and rice in the afternoon, 2 days and no mishaps so fingers crossed.
I will also put him on probiotics as you suggested and was my next step. I am a pharmacist but always am not sure what is good for animals.
I give him an omega 3 each day also which seems to make his coat so glossy I think.