I have a 14-year-old lab mix that I can’t stop from pooping all over the kitchen and dining room. It’s diarrhea, so it’s not easy to clean up. I have tried everything I can think of–more frequent trips outside, leave him out longer, diaper, vet consultation. More outdoor time hasn’t helped. I can’t leave him out too long because the heat really stresses him. And even if I do put him out at night or early morning, he still comes in and poops on the floor. Diapers won’t stay on him. I’ve talked to the vet about this, and we’re trying loperamide. If that doesn’t work, is there anything else I could try?
Have any of you ever euthanized a dog because of this? I’m seriously considering it. This dog has kidney disease which is currently managed ok, severe arthritis that is poorly controlled even with medication, and likely heart disease (he can’t tolerate even mild exertion). He is completely deaf, but responds to hand signals. But, he still has a good appetite and he still wants to be part of the family. He still barks if a strange vehicle comes by. He still knows who we are and where he is. I know that no matter what I do, he won’t live much longer. It’s just that I don’t want to euthanize a good and loyal companion simply because he can’t control his bowels.