Even the best-behaved dog can go No. 2 in the house sometimes. Dog poop in the house can be very upsetting. If it happens more often than usual, your furry friend may have a problem. Illness, aging, and emotional issues could be to blame. But you should consider those causes only if you know your dog is housetrained — in your home.
If you adopt an adult, housetrained dog, it may have accidents at first. A few reasons:
- A new schedule
- Not knowing how to “ask” you to go out
The problem should go away in a few weeks, when your new pet gets used to the family routine.
It could be that your pooch isn’t well trained. Whether you have an adult dog or a puppy, you’ll need to teach him to do his business outside. Set a routine, watch your dog as much as you can, and have someone take him out if you’re going to be away.
You may want to start with a call to your vet, especially if your dog’s stools are loose or if he has diarrhea. This could be a sign of gastroenteritis, when his colon or large intestines are inflamed. Possible causes include:
- Parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and giardia
- Food intolerance or allergy
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Bowel cancer