My Dog is Pooping Everywhere
The canine digestive tract is quite similar to that of a human being. Dogs' elimination behavior, however, is not. While they will almost never defecate in an area where they eat or sleep, they will choose a location in which to defecate based on a complex assortment of instincts and sensations. In short, when a dog “goes” in a spot that seems inappropriate to us, it is either due to a medical issue, such as diarrhea, or a behavioral one.
What to Look For
Take a look at your dog's stool to see whether it's normal, formed stool, or diarrhea.
What to Do
Now, ask yourself the following questions to figure out how to proceed:
It is important to realize that these “accidents” are not the dog's fault. In fact, correcting the problem is in your control, not your pet's. Sometimes a conversation with your veterinarian or a dog trainer can help you plan a schedule that will work.
A good initial plan to try is to withhold all food for twelve to eighteen hours, then start by introducing the blandest diet possible, in small quantities. Try a 50/50 mix of boiled beef or lamb and boiled or steamed rice. This can be prepared by cooking the meat in boiling water, skimming the fat off, and then draining the meat in a colander. If you wish to make a large batch, it will keep in the fridge for a few days, or you can separate and freeze it and reheat as needed. You can also use human baby foods instead of boiling the meat, but stick to brands that have only pure meat without vegetables or grains mixed in.
Offer small amounts of the mixture every two to three hours. Continue this until the stools begin to firm up or, after two days of trying, the ongoing diarrhea forces you to see your vet.
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.
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