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Lack of Bowel Control in Dogs

Lack of bowel control in dogs, also known as fecal incontinence, is the inability of your fur-baby to have full control of his bowel movements. And just like any other illnesses, it is stressful not only to you but mostly to your pet.

"Symptoms of lack of bowel control include loss of appetite, scooting on the floor, and vomiting."

Here, we've come up with what lack of bowel control in dogs is really about, causes, symptoms, and efficient ways on how to manage it.


Our dogs are similar to us in more ways than we can ever think of. Because like us, our fur-babies' muscles, too, get weaker as they age. From there, there can be many illnesses that can develop and one is the lack of bowel control.

Symptoms of Lack of Bowel Control in Dogs

  • Sudden loss of appetite
  • Sudden pooping in inappropriate areas
  • Unable to stop the urge to poop
  • Scooting on the floor (may indicate a condition that affects the anal glands and sacs)
  • Passing poop while sleeping or resting
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Loss of voluntary movement and tone of tail
  • Vomiting (an indication that your dog may have a GI disease or something else but not necessarily a sign of fecal incontinence)


A number of causes may be the reason behind your fur-baby's lack of bowel control. It can be because of:

  • diseases or infections that have caused the dog's rectum to malfunction
  • Damaged anal sphincter
  • A muscle injury that causes anal reflex to be totally gone or disabled
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Spinal tumor
  • An improper diet that causes negative effects on the body
  • Medications
  • Viruses like Parvo that causes uncontrollable and bad-smelling diarrhea
  • Chronic lesions in the area around your fur-baby's anus


Cat Diapers

Let your dog poop on demand. Expressing your dog's bowel manually is something that will help you avoid passing poop everywhere and every time.

This also conditions your fur-baby for a controlled way of pooping and allows him to "poop on demand".

Controlling when and where your incontinent dog can go down on his own business can take some time but the upside?

No more cruel poop surprises in inappropriate areas and moments.

Aim for solid poop. Dealing with a fecal incontinent dog is so much easier when your dog's poop is not too soft or too hard. To aim for solid poop, you may have to adjust your dog's diet. Too much fiber intake and lesser water consumption can lead to constipation. Feeding him with rich or indigestible food like leftovers can cause diarrhea. Instead, provide your fur-baby with a diet with balanced protein, probiotics, and carbohydrates.

Feed on schedule. Following the same feeding schedule every day will help your dog get used to a schedule. With this, you will be able to know about how long after eating will he get down to business. The usual feeding schedule for dogs is twice a day - morning and afternoon/evening.

Provide supplements. Providing your fur-baby supplement will help him recover faster. Supplements like Pet Parents® Probiotic Supplement for dogs that aids in proper digestion fo easier poop business of your incontinent dog. You can also give him Pet Parents® Dog Multivitamin will provide your fecal incontinent fur-baby with beneficial ingredients that help promote powerful daily health support.

Whether it’s to promote skin & coat health, hip & joint support, immune & intestinal function or to help maintain heart health, these supplements have your fur-baby covered.

Moreover, diapers and pee pads pair well with probiotic supplements as these help keep your fur-baby from bathing in his own poop because of fecal incontinence.

You can provide your fur-baby diapers and let him lay down on a pee pad for added support in case of leaks.

"Probiotic and Multivitamin supplements can help pups with proper digestion and daily health support."

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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