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Hes 13 but started pooing unexpected around the house even

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Hes 13 but started pooing unexpected around the house even tbo he's just been out
JA: What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Dog
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the dog's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: About a month hes a lab husky
JA: When did the dog last see a vet? Is he taking any medications?
Customer: No meds went 3 years ago for a tumor on his head
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Humf 13
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Huff?
Customer: No
Submitted: 18 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Hello, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Humf has these signs.

Is he aware he is passing the poo or does it just fall out without him realising?

Does he have diarrhoea or solid stool?

Any stiff joints or slowing down?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Its solid and he's not aware
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Joins are fine
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Thank you.

Does he ever drag his paws on the floor (so the top side of the paw touches the ground)?

Do his hips seem more sunken in than they used to be?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
No nothing like that sill jumps around like he's a pup
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Hes over weight tno
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Ok, thank you.

I am just typing my reply.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

He has what is called 'faecal incontinence'.

This means he has no control over the faeces leaking.

There are several possible causes for this in a senior dog including:


  • A neurological disorder e.g. spinal cord compression

  • Anal gland disease

  • Anal sphincter incompetence

  • Etc

It is important that Humf is examined by a vet. They will check him all over and will assess both his neurological function and joints.

Treatment is dependent on what is going on and may include e.g. anti-inflammatories, antibiotics or a surgical procedure.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
They didn't do surgery on his head because of his age and weight could it be to do with the tumour on his head x
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

This is very unlikely.

As the tumour has been there for 3 years, the chances of it being malignant (a cancerous tumour that spreads around the body) are very low indeed.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

I do hope this helps and please let me know if you have any further questions.