11 year old dog

Old 07-04-05, 10:01 AM
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11 year old dog

We have a ****su, it is 11 years old. It seems to have a problem of going to the bathroom inside the house. We walk her 3 times a day. I do not know what to do anymore. It happens every day. Overnight and afternoons.

Any suggestions, Please!!
Old 07-04-05, 10:19 AM
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First of all and before you try any home remedies or solutions,take the dog to the vet to rule out any medical problems. This will save countless headaches for you and the dog.

By nature dogs do not like to soil their living areas and seek to please their alphas. If the dog is unable to control bodily functions due to a medical condition it will be unable to please you.

If the vet check shows no sign of illness you might try taking the dog out more often. With advanced age they become unable to "hold it". This also occures in the human animal. As we get older, we seem to have to go more often than we did when younger. The muscles get more lax and the urge hit more often.

Do not offer food or water 2 or 3 hours before bedtime and take the dog out several time during this cutoff period. Possibly the dog will not have enough left in its system to cause an uncontrollable urge at night.

Good luck
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Older dogs may suffer from Canine Cognitive Disorder, which is a little like senility in aged human beings. This may cause them to forget about their housetraining. If this is the problem, your vet will be able to prescribe medications that may help. you can find additional info at:
There is also a special food available for dogs with cognitive disorder, that has been tested and found to help relieve the symptoms for many dogs.

Other potential causes are spay incontinence, where spayed females lose muscle tone in their sphincter and 'leak' urine wherever they happen to be lying down, and a urinary tract infection. Your vet will be able to diagnose those conditions as well.

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