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We have adopted a 9 year old staffie named Tara, we have had her almost a year now, she was found lying beside her dead owner, she has turned into a real wee sweetheart and character. However, for no reason she has started to poo through the night and not asking out. We get up in the morning and the occassional present is waiting for us either behind the sofa or chair, she can ask out no problem as the doors are left open and she can come straight through to the bedroom to ask out, i dont understand why she is doing this, we havent had a staffie before but cant imagine its normal!! Hope someone has an idea what we can do. Could she be turning lazy in her old age and if so how do we get her out of this habit?? Thanks everyone in advance.
 

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If this is a new behaviour I would get her checked by a vet.

There hasn't been anything happen outside to scare her has there, like fireworks?
 

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Hi folks,
We have adopted a 9 year old staffie named Tara, we have had her almost a year now, she was found lying beside her dead owner, she has turned into a real wee sweetheart and character. However, for no reason she has started to poo through the night and not asking out. We get up in the morning and the occassional present is waiting for us either behind the sofa or chair, she can ask out no problem as the doors are left open and she can come straight through to the bedroom to ask out, i dont understand why she is doing this, we havent had a staffie before but cant imagine its normal!! Hope someone has an idea what we can do. Could she be turning lazy in her old age and if so how do we get her out of this habit?? Thanks everyone in advance.
Anything changed to her routine? Something frightened her recently especially at night like any fireworks etc. Sometimes dogs can do inappropriate toileting due to stress and anxiety.

Is it completely normal looking not loose or diarrhoea? if so she may have picked up a bug or have a gastric problem and she cant hold it. If she hasnt had a check in a while might be worth taking her to the vets and getting a through MOT including bloods especially as she is an older girl too to rule out any medical problems in general especially if it isnt normal.

Any changes to her type of food, not long before, certain foods are full of fillers and bulking agents of no particular nutritional value and just cause more waste and toileting instead. As shes an older girl it might help to put her on a senior natural diet even, with higher nutritional value, which means having to feed smaller amounts and less waste and fewer less frequent stools.

Any other changes in behaviour? Like not being so responsive to her name and commands, sleeping more and more heavily during the day, and being more active at night, pacing etc or not settling. Maybe being more vocal and seemingly barking at nothing sometimes. Looking confused sometimes in general. Maybe wanting to go out and then standing there like shes wondering why shes out there and wanting to come back in after wanting to go out. Maybe walking into places like corners and dead ends then just standing and cant figure how to get out again. if there are any signs like this then it could be cognitive dysfunction syndrome its basically confusion like you see in older humans. often inappropriate toileting and and loss of hoise breaking comes with it. If it may be this there are things to help. Aktivait is one its a neutraceutical for optimum brain function in older dogs see link, you can get it from vets of buy it on line.
http://www.vetplus.co.uk/PDF/LEAF/aktivait_leaflet.pdf

There are other veterianry medicines too like vivitonin for this, but you would need to speak to the vet about those. Aktivait is well worth a try first though as it has worked in may older/old dogs.
 

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Thank you for your reply, we had changed her diet a wee while ago, she was on a diet recommended by vets (got it online from pet city) but this seemed to make her poo nearly all day it was ridiculous so we have her back on hills senior food, she doesnt go quite so often as before, when i let her out she does it no problem its normal never loose, she wanders about outside like a normal dog never rushes back in really, maybe its because if the change in diet but if it continues we will get her checked out many thanks again.
 
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