Im hoping out there someone will be able to make a suggestion. I have a 15 yr old toy poodle who up until recently seems to have been in good health. Lately he has been peeing and pooping in the house. Something he has never done in his life! The last straw for our family has been his peeing in family beds. I have called the vet and been told "he's 15 yrs old, what do you expect....he's old". I've wondered if this has been due to his age or just acting out. I crated him as a puppy but came home one day to his mouth covered in blood and he had broken all of his puppy teeth gnawing on the crate! He was never crated again. I have thought of doggie diapers but my family says im being ridiculous and just to let him go. Im now under pressure to put him down. Am i being selfish?, is there another way? Please help......im desperate to do the right thing. Thank you.
incontinence isn't uncommon among dogs, just as it's not uncommon among elderly humans. If he's 15 years old but is still active enough to jump up and down off of beds, I personally wouldn't think he's given up on life. It's possible he's peeing on the bed when he's asleep and just isn't even aware that he's doing it.
If he's been housetrained for his entire life and this has just started out of the blue, it's possible he has a UTI, and you can take him to the vet and have it checked out. If it's been gradually building to this level over the years, it could be just age. You can try confining him to a crate again, but this time a larger crate and leave a few stuffed toys or a kong filled with peanut butter to keep him busy. If you don't feel the crate is a viable option, instead try confining him to a room has hard wood or linoleum floors, so they'r eeasy to clean, when you arent' at home. When you are at home, keep a close eye on him and try to monitor the times when he's peeing/pooping in the house. Close the bedroom doors.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
If there is nothing wrong with him other than sudden bad potty habits, why on earth would anyone tell you to put him down?? At 15, he is pretty old, but there is no reason to end his life before he's ready to go. You don't put a pet down just because he's old if there is nothing else wrong with him. You do it if they are sick and suffering in some way. Using diapers or doing something to address the potty issue is not selfish. Giving up on him because he is old is selfish.
I would take him to the vet to rule out a medical condition.
My 17 year old maltese / poodle mutt has recently started to be incontinent, but he is on Lasix for his heart disease. I made a whole bunch of belly bands (I use a sanitary napkin to absorb the urine). It is very easy to clean up, saves the furniture and floors, and helps him retain his dignity (he was very ashamed when he would wake up soiled).
We were at the vets for his semi-annual check up, and I did mention that he was now incontinent and she mentioned that for boy dogs there is nothing they can do, that the diapers or belly bands were the best bet.