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why does my dog poop in his sleep

Dear Dr. Barchas,
Our Black Lab, Butterfly, turds occasionally in her sleep. Not during the day but only at night. This is frustrating for us as well as embarrassing for her as she realizes what she s done and runs away. Why would a dog poop in her sleep? This is even when she s had a walk or has gone out. San Rafael, CA Until I read this I didn t realize turd could be used as a verb! I am going to assume that the nocturnal bowel movements are normally formed, and not diarrhea or liquid anal leakage.

If you are seeing soft stools, then you should pursue treatment from your vet. If the stools are normal, then Butterfly probably is suffering from a weakened anal sphincter. Is she elderly? Dogs, like humans, often become incontinent when they are older. In addition to walking her (to try to clear out the pipes) before bed, you also may want to mix up Butterfly s feeding schedule. Meals can stimulate colonic activity and defecation. If you feed a large meal at breakfast and a much smaller one at dinner, she may start making it through the night.

You also may want to consider switching to a low-fiber food цББ this will cause Butterfly to defecate less in general. You also should get a veterinary checkup to confirm that no obvious medical problems are contributing to this issue. If none are found, there will be good news and bad news. The good news: This problem isn t likely to cause any harm to Butterfly.

The bad news is that this problem could be tough to eliminate. Photo credit:. We always go out with him because we are still struggling to get him to come back in without DIGGING EVERYWHERE before coming in a muddy mess. He usually has his BM right after breakfast and on the afternoon walk. Maybe a 20 minute before bedtime walk is in order. The first time it happened he had fallen asleep right after eating dinner (this time was a late dinner), going out for pee, then went straight to bed. so we blamed the full belly, and such.

Last night when it happened seemed odd. And I thought him going during a day time nap was odd too. It has happened VERY infrequently, only three times over the last several months. first time was in early December. But I really don't want this to develop into something more significant as he ages! I'm going to start an evening brisk walk and see what that does for him. We'll get to the bottom of this.

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