Soiling the House

House soiling that occurs after you've housetrained your dog and that isn't marking behavior (see Chapter 4) can have a variety of causes, other than separation anxiety. Its usual causes are one or more of the following:

1 You've left your dog too long without giving him a chance to relieve himself. As the saying goes, accidents happen, and that's just what it was — an accident. You know your dog's endurance and schedule, so don't blame the dog when for some reason you were unable to adhere to it. You may have had to work late, or some other unforeseen event prevented you from getting home on time. As long as it doesn't become a regular occurrence on your part, the behavior won't be a continuing problem.

1 Your dog may have eaten something that disagreed with him, and he has an upset stomach. Abrupt dietary changes, such as changing dog foods, are the most common cause for an upset tummy. Any time you change your dog's diet, do it gradually, over a period of several days, so his system can get used to the new food.

1 Giving treats at holiday times that your dog ordinarily doesn't get, such as turkey and gravy or pizza, can create havoc with his digestive system.

1 Cystitis, a bladder infection, is more common among female dogs than male dogs and may cause dribbling. You need to consult your vet.

Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder wall that can be caused by a bacterial infection. It makes Buddy feel as if there's constant pressure on his bladder, and he'll think he has to urinate all the time, even after just relieving himself. When he does urinate, it can burn, which in turn causes him to spend a lot of time washing himself.

Although not very dangerous in and of itself, cystitis can cause all sorts of problems if left unattended, because the bacteria can spread up into the kidneys. If you see any of the preceding symptoms, a trip to your vet is a must. A short course of the appropriate antibiotics cures this inflammation quickly.

1 As your dog ages, urinary incontinence may develop, and it can be treated with medication and homeopathic remedies.

The slackening of the sphincter muscles that holds the urine in the bladder often causes incontinence, which often happens as your dog ages. So many dogs are put to sleep for this perceived problem, which although not easy to live with, can be solved in several ways. Acupuncture is probably the best treatment and is very effective (see Chapter 19 for more on acupuncture). If you can find a vet trained in acupuncture, then have a series of treatments to solve the problem. Many vets today are jflNG/

trained in acupuncture, and finding one who can help isn't very difficult. A change in diet to a more natural diet (see Chapter 18) can often solve this problem. You can find many herbal and homeopathic remedies on the market specifically targeted at the kidney and bladder of older dogs. A good holistic vet can help you make the best choice for your dog.

1 Chocolate can make your dog really sick. Although it contains several chemical agents that make it so good and tasty to us, these agents can be poisonous to Buddy. Be very careful to keep chocolate out of the way of your best friend.

While you're finding a vet to help you, you still have to live with the soiling problem. Put a tablecloth that's plastic on one side and has a soft backing on it under your dog's blanket. Doing so saves the furniture or floor, and both are easy to wash and keep clean. You can consider diapers, but only as a last resort. Don't give up on that old friend — explore the alternatives and see how you can support Buddy in his old age.

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