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Doctor my dog just had puppies 6weeeks ago she is pooping on my couch on my bed ok

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hi doctor
my dog just had puppies 6weeeks ago
she is pooping on my couch on my bed ok and she always used dog pad for pooping
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ***** I've worked professionally with dogs in both the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today on your dog's issue. It will take me time to type up my response. This typically takes 30-45 minutes to do if I am still online.
Is she assuming the position a dog does when defecating on the couch and bed or does it just seem like it comes out?
Is she urinating there as well?
How did she previously let you know she had to eliminate?
Where are the pups when this occurs?
The pups are weaned, right?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
On dog pads placed on floor
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The dogs still feed less though
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Even though I don't have all the responses from you, I do think I have an idea of what might be occurring. I think your dog is having issues with fecal incontinence.
Sometimes if a dog has had trauma to the rectal area such as continued anal gland issues, fecal incontinence will develop as a result of a loss of muscle tone in the sphincter. This can also be caused by an injury to the back or a problem with an invertebral disc. An intervertebral disc that has slipped or ruptured up into the spinal canal causes inflammation of the spinal cord, which in severe cases causes paralyses of the rear legs.
A lot of smaller terrier mix dogs have problems with the discs in their back. This is even more an issue in mixes that have dachshunds, chihuahua and other breeds that tend to have longer backs. You can read about this here:
It might also be a perineal hernia which you can read about here.
Large dog breeds sometimes suffer from a condition called degenerative myelopathy which can also cause problems with the rear legs and paralyses. You can read about this here:
You may want to have your dog checked over by your vet as back issues are best treated early for the highest chance of successful treatment.
A few things that can help with this are adding fiber to the diet to firm up the feces. A few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin (not pie filling) added to the food works well for this purpose. Also there is one drug that can be prescribed which is phenylpropanolamine which can help tighten the sphincter muscle. It works better on smooth muscles but still may help the rectal tissue though most experts believe this is ineffective for fecal incontinence.
You can read about this here:
I do want to explain more how a disc issue might cause this. Often with a disc issue, a dog's sphincter is affected as is the "feeling" around the rectum. When this is affected, their s no feeling, so the dog doesn't know the fecal matter is even coming out until it is already out. It often happens when a dog is very relaxed (like sleeping) and they literally are defecating in their sleep.
You might want to consider having her wear diapers until you can have her checked over by your vet. If it is due to a disc issue, perhaps an anti-inflammatory medication would decrease inflammation of the disc and help restore some feeling in the area helping with fecal incontinence.
By six weeks of age, the pups really should not be nursing on mom and should be fully weaned. You can go ahead and depending on the size of your dog, cut a t-shirt (child or baby or larger) so it is more like a tube top and put that on her to prevent pups from nursing. Put down fresh water along with the food they are eating so they get used to drinking from a bowl. Adding a pinch of salt and sugar in the water helps too.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Jane Lefler