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She's been pooping and peeing in the house and not sure why

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Arthritis can also make it harder for her to maintain the proper posture for elimination, which might cause her to avoid going outside or to her designated indoor area.

Another consideration is the possibility of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or other medical conditions that can cause increased urgency or frequency of urination. Senior dogs can also experience a decline in cognitive function, similar to dementia in humans, which can lead to confusion and changes in behavior, including house soiling.

To address the immediate situation, ensure that she has easy access to her elimination areas. This might mean creating a comfortable and accessible spot indoors with puppy pads or a doggy litter box if getting outside is too challenging. You can also help manage her arthritis pain through various methods, such as providing orthopedic bedding, using ramps or steps to help her reach her favorite spots, and discussing with a professional about appropriate pain management strategies, which may include medications or supplements that support joint health.

It's crucial to monitor for additional symptoms that could indicate a more urgent condition. If you notice that she is straining to urinate or defecate, has blood in her urine or feces, is vomiting, has a loss of appetite, or is exhibiting signs of increased pain or lethargy, these are signs that she should be seen by a professional as soon as possible.

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