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Other than the fecal dropping, how is his health?
Is he on any medications?
Has the vet taken a peek at him yet?
Thanks for the additional information Lloyd. I really appreciate it.
I live in northern MN, so I completely understand about how he seems to get a little worse once it gets really cold.
It's honestly hard to say if there's something serious going on, or if he's just got a general nerve deterioration that can sometimes happen in certain breeds of dogs...in my experience, GSDs tend to really have a problem with fecal incontinence as they age.
There's a really good page that goes over this kind of issue here: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_dg_fecal_incontinence .
If this were my dog, I'd have the vet take a peek and see if they think there's anything we could do to help him control his feces for a while longer. Although there's no real treatment for this...if it turns out that there's a disc issue that is causing nerve impingement, making it hard for him to hold his feces, they may be able to get some treatment for that and help.
I hope this helps.