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    My older dog is 11.5 and is really slowing down. She's in great health and spirits, just old age really taking grip on her body. Her problem is she has a problem keeping #2 in. All of our dogs live in the house with us. Just this morning, I had them all outside for severl hours. She usually just sits by the back door and waits I let them all in and she comes in and jumps on her ottaman that's became her bed and she started going #2. I really believe she doesn't even know she's doing this. Her stools are always normal, firm stools, luckily they aren't runny. Her whole life, she's been a very clean dog when it's came to going to the bathroom. When I took her to the vet a couple months ago, she got a A+ from my vet, but she just gave her shots and the normal check up. She looks like a normal, aging lab, not skinny or gaining weight or anything. The weather has been nice lately and we can keep her outside, but when the heat of summer gets here, I would rather keep her inside where it's air conditioned. I'm assuming others have had these issues, how have you handled this?

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    Sometimes a problem with a dog's back will cause this to happen. How is her gait? How does she do getting up from the floor? Does she sleep through the night, or change position a lot and act restless? If she has something pinching a nerve, it could be affecting her bowel control.
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    Strongly suggest finding a GOOD veterinary acupuncturist. Sounds like a nerve issue in her spine. She's *not that old* for that to be happening unless there's an underlying cause.

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    My old dog had that problem for the last months of her life. For a good part of that time I had her in an indoor-outdoor run, air conditioned on the inside, and I just had to take her bed out and clean the whole thing every day. Toward the end I kept her out in a fenced yard, because that made her move around, which I thought would help maintain the use of her weakening hind legs. I don't know what I would have done had she lasted into the hot weather this spring.

    In bad weather I brought her in and confined her to an ex-pen with soft bedding, water, etc. It was always a clean-up job. Usually I enlarged the ex-pen by incorporating the long side of a crate or putting two pens together.

    Her necropsy showed spondylitis--changes in the spine that would have put pressure on nerves. I suspect this was the cause of her incontinence and the neurologic problems with her hind legs. These symptoms had improved considerably when we started her on Gabapentin.

    All of which is to say, ask your vet. They are likely to have ideas where to look for causes and what to treat.

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    Problems might show up on x-ray, but you might need an MRI....

    I agree that acupuncture works, but know what you are treating first....
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    You might try putting in a doggie door for her to go in and out freely. I agree with the other posts have her checked.

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