Owning a dog can be wonderful. Dogs are basically 4 year olds that never grow up, so you never have to worry about the cost of college. However, you do have to worry about them soiling the rug. Constant dog doo and urine stains on the carpet are enough to sour even the world’s biggest dog lover. Pooch messes can ruin a home, souring your living area with the noxious smell of a disgusting dog pound.
Sometimes a dog that messes up the house isn’t the result of poor training or a bad upbringing, but a serious medical condition. Infections, bladder stones, colitis, diabetes, cancer, parasites, and inflammatory diseases can all be the real reason your pooch is soiling the carpet, which no amount of training, finger shaking or pet treats will cure.
If your dog suddenly and surprisingly starts urinating indoors, it may be the result of a bladder infection. It’s always best to check with a vet if the behavior is new and not just the result of bad habits. Like humans, dogs can be cured of infections with proper medical care. When an infection is the source of the problem, clearing the infection is the key to getting your pet to use the proper facilities.
Also, it’s fairly common for older, spayed females to dribble. You can easily fix this with applied dosages of estrogen. Often, you can get away with tapering the dosages off after a few months after your pet’s hormonal system reaches a balance, although some dogs may require estrogen treatments for the rest of their lives.
Inflammatory bowel disease is often confused with irritable bowel syndrome because the results on the rug are similar. Unlike IBS which can be caused by stress, however, inflammatory bowel disease is the result of inflamed cells in the bowels, and the treatment is completely different. The source of the inflammation may be bacterial, dietary or parasitic. Removing these conditions should return the dog’s system to normal.
Worms and other parasites waste the dog’s body of nutrients and energy. As the pooch’s body struggles to rid itself of the parasites, it will go to the bathroom frequently, often uncontrollably. Consult a vet to see how to rid the parasites. Often, antibiotics and worm removal are key to curing the animal and returning it’s potty use to normal.
Kidney or bladder stones can also lead to frequent urination which the dog cannot control. Consult a vet to see how to rid the stones. If a dog is left inside, a proper indoor dog toilet method may be necessary, giving the dog a proper place to do his or her business without soiling your rug.
If a dog is suffering from cancer, failure to control its potty habits is often the first sign. Have the animal screened to detect problems early.
Failure to control its bowels may be a dog’s first sign of diabetes. Consult a vet to make sure. Like humans, animal diabetes can be treated with proper diet and exercise. You may have to buy special food. Indoor dog potties may be necessary to give the dog a proper place to go where the messes can be easily cleaned and maintained.
Bathroom problems may also be the result of a neurological disorder. This can be confirmed through blood work, radiographs and other tests. It’s fairly common in older dogs. In these cases, indoor puppy potties can be very helpful, giving the dog an easy accessible place to do his business that’s easy for you to clean up too.
If you have a housebreaking problem that doesn’t just seem behavioral, have the dog checked by a vet. Often, the reason is more medical than behavioral. By treating the medical condition, you get to the source of the problem, often eliminating it so the dog returns to normal bathroom behavior. Enjoy your relationship with your dog more by eliminating housebreaking problems at the source. Indoor puppy toilets can be an easy facility for your dog to use if he can’t control himself.
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