Older House Trained Dog Pooping in the House?

My family owns a 12 year-old Westie who has been house-trained since he was tiny. My brother and I went off to college at different times and I am a senior now, so he is used to family members being gone from home for long periods of time. He was also diagnosed with colon cancer 3 years ago, but had the tumor removed and has not had serious problems with anything since then.

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In the past month or two, though, my parents told me he has been pooping (normal poops, no blood, or diarrhea or anything) in the house at night (he started in the hall, now he is locked in the kitchen by the back door at night and he goes in the same spot each night) and sometimes when they are at work.

This is strange, and if it's at night he should know to bark or whine at the door and we will let him out to go like we do several times a day. His diet has not changed recently and the vet says he is still colon cancer free so I am sad and confused that this is happening.

He has also not shown too much personality change. Sure, he is old, but he still runs and plays and barks and everything. Occasionally he will act strangely clingy, but it's not a big difference than usual. Please help!

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By Pete

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December 27, 20140 found this helpful

Did you get any good advice about this? My 10 year old Westie has just started pooping in the house. Nothing has changed in our home and his diet has also remained the same as it has always been.

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