Bowel movement while sleeping…

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    Hi all, I have a 12 (almost 13) year old mixed breed dog. He’s a very large dog (around 125 pounds or so) although not fat.

    Starting about 2 months ago he starting (for lack of a better term) pooping in his sleep. It’s normally 1 or 2 normal sized (again for lack of a better term) turds.

    Right now he’s just on normal dry dog food, and we’ve tried feeding him in the morning instead of night and taking him on long walks before he goes to sleep for the night, but it hasn’t helped.

    Is there something we can give him for bowel control (perscription or otherwise?)

    Thanks for the help,

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    [quote=timb]Is there something we can give him for bowel control [/quote]

    Hi Timothy-

    There can be lots of reasons for fecal incontinence (during sleep or otherwise). At this age, especially in a large dog (that tend to age more quickly than smaller dogs) I would start investigating the cause and treatment with a visit to your vet. Bring a stool sample to help rule out parasites.

    If you still don’t get an answer then I would consult a homeopathic vet.
    S/he will treat this symptom as just one of the many low-grade energetic issues which your older dog may be experiencing (common but not normal symptoms [url]https://www.homevet.com/common.html)[/url]. Once the internal dynamic imbalance is corrected, this symptom should resolve.

    Go to [url]http://www.theavh.org/referral/index.php[/url] if you need a referral.

    Dr. Jeff

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