Dog can't control bowel movement Need Help

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Hi, I'm new to this forum and I have no where else to turn to except the community.

I have a German Sheperd / Lab, she's about 9 years old.

I have never had problems with her pooping in the house or on the concrete ever. But lately in the past 2 months she cant control where she poops. Before this started she would hold it in the house till we let her out by crying. And she went when she went outside in the grass. But about 2 months ago I'm not sure but i believe she fell down our outside stairs while trying to leave the porch in the night. And she had severe back issues that went away after some time. But after that, things went downhill and her back slowly got worse and she sits on her but instead of her legs. But to get to the point, she can't control her bowel movements. When its coming its coming out for her. For 8 years she never had this problem. We went to the vet and the vet acted clueless and didnt reccommend anything. I came to the conclusion that her muscles in the back part of her body are very weak and she cant control that area easly. I've found medicine on the internet for strengthening the muscles but they are very pricy and I need some advise before spending 100's of dollars on these Meds. Please if anyone can help me I would be very gratefull. :(
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Originally Posted by cyphin6
I came to the conclusion that her muscles in the back part of her body are very weak and she cant control that area easly. I've found medicine on the internet for strengthening the muscles but they are very pricy and I need some advise before spending 100's of dollars on these Meds. Please if anyone can help me I would be very gratefull. :(

Hmmm...If anything I would think that weak back muscles might make her hold it in rather than go into the crouch. If poop is coming out, it is not the back that is controlling it.

Find a new vet - maybe one that specialises in poop-related disorders. Does anyone know if there is there such a thing as a canine colon-rectal surgeon?
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I would suggest you get a second opion and your vet should take x-rays of her hind legs. Also, did you change the food recently? If you did, this can cause her an upset stomach which can cause diaheria. Please do not buy any medication over the net for your animal, if you don't know what it is. Where are you located? Perhaps we can give you a name of a good vet.
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I havent changed her food in the past few years shes been eating Iams mature formula for about 2 years now or more. And I live in Houston,TX 77095
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O.K. then what I suggest is, take a sample of her stool to the vets and get it checked for worms and other parasites. Is she up to date with her vacinations? I don't know any vets in Texas, but I have several clients who live in Texas, (I will check to see if they have the same zip code as you) If they do, I will ask them if they have pets what vet they go to and let you know. You really need a second opion for your dog.
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I also would suggest, to stop food for 12-24 hours, give her water and give vanillia yoghurt. Yoghurt helps settle upset stomachs. I would strongly suggest give a stool sample to the vets!
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Originally Posted by poodletalk
I also would suggest, to stop food for 12-24 hours, give her water and give vanillia yoghurt. Yoghurt helps settle upset stomachs. I would strongly suggest give a stool sample to the vets!

I agree - only I would choose plain over vanilla. The sugar in the vanilla could add to the problem...
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Thankyou all very much for the help, I'll take your suggestions and try to see a better vet with a stool sample Thanks everyone for the help
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I definitely suggest getting the xrays to make sure there is no damage somewhere. I just hope you are not scolding the doggy for this. When a dog moves into her senior years, if can become very frustrating and tiresome to live with, not to mention costly, which is why so many seniors are abandoned.

I would get a vet who is more willing to "scope out" the cause of the problem, so to speak... Good luck.
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We had a Malamute growing up that had broken his leg when he was a puppy. He lived a good long life, 11yrs. Because of the broken leg he had developed arthritis over the years that puts constant stress on the immune system. He caught some kind of virus that took over his whole body starting with him not being able to hold bowel movements, he then had difficulty standing and walking. We brought him to the vet again as it got worse but there was nothing that could be done for him. This happened over a fairly short period of time.
I would go to another vet for a second opinion and some answers. Never treat your dog by yourself as you may cause more damage than you intend to. There are so many possible reasons for these symptoms. There is no way you can diagnose and treat w/o tests. It is just not worth guessing, especially at his age.
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I totally forgot about arthritis! My old lab had it so bad and we didn't know. One day she could go at all. We thought that, as usual, she had eaten some tin foil from somewhere and couldn't pass it. The vet did x-rays and the back legs were so arthritic, he wondered how she stood up at all. She was a toughie.

Arthritis, as you can tell from Stacey's story and mine, can have other consequences. It's worth looking into.
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agree - only I would choose plain over vanilla. The sugar in the vanilla could add to the problem...

That is what I meant, but couldn't think of the word!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
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