House Trained Dog Peeing and Pooping Inside?

I have an 8 year old Shih Tzu girl. She was spayed when she was little and she has been potty trained since she was little also. She has never done her business inside the house. She always goes to you and puts her paw on your feet so you know she has to go.


We take her out 3 or 4 plus times a day to go do her business and she goes well. Starting a couple of months ago she goes outside and does her business and I leave her outside like 15 to 20 minutes and always make sure she is finished, but when she comes inside the house she pees inside. When I have to leave my home I always take her out, but when I come home there is a mess; she has peed and made poop inside, in the bed.

I took her to the vet and the vet told me everything is fine with her. They took a blood sample, did X-rays, etc. and everything went super fine. She is super healthy and the vet couldn't find anything wrong with her. There haven't been any changes in our family, no moving, we still treat her with all the love in the world because she is our baby girl. Can someone help me what I can do? She is healthy and there is nothing wrong with her.

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November 11, 20180 found this helpful

She may have a UTI or other physical issue. Take her to the vet.

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November 12, 20180 found this helpful

Since you already had her to the vet and she got a clean bill of health, she may have plain old aging incontinence.

We used diapers on our girl when she turned 15 through when she crossed the rainbow bridge at 17 1/2. It worked for us and gave her good quality of life, since like your gal, ours was otherwise healthy.


We used human baby diapers by weight you can pick the size. Cut a tail hole for her little tail (you can figure this out with a diaper by sizing it up and cutting a diamond or triangle shape to get the tail through).

When they do their business, just like with a human baby, you change them and dispose of the diapers. It is not the best thing for the environment, but we could not get the reusable diapers to work with our girlie because she was a dachshund she was long, but tiny and they just wouldn't stay on. But maybe you can find a cloth diaper system that would work for yours since Tzus are a little larger than doxies.

Just be sure to change the diaper any time it is soiled. Keep up with vet visits just to be sure nothing changes in her health.

Prayers to all!

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