Dog Poop Problems: How To Diagnose Stool Problem

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Reader Question: How to Diagnose a Dog Stool Problem

My 7-year-old lab mix has been dropping quarter-size pieces of poop. It usually happens after she has been asleep. When she gets up is when I notice she has dropped this small piece of fecal matter.

I'm not sure what seems to be the problem, but our other two dogs do not seem to be having the same problem.

Suggestion From Our Veterinarian


Identifying the cause of your dog’s fecal incontinence requires a trip to your veterinarian. He or she will start the process by taking a complete health history and performing a physical examination, including a neurologic examination since disorders affecting the spinal cord can be responsible for the symptoms you describe.

Your veterinarian may also need to take some x-rays of your dog’s lower back and abdomen. Based on the results of the examination and any diagnostic tests that are run, your veterinarian should be able to give you an idea of what might be going on and how best to address it.

Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM

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