Reasons and Solution – Pet Pooping inside a Stylish Dog Crate
If your dog is defecating inside its crate regularly, it could be alarming for you as a pet parent. It is dogs natural instinct to keep its den clean and domestic dogs consider their crates a den. So if they poop inside, it is quite out of their nature and you should be very conscious of it. To understand why a dog is pooping inside their stylish dog crate and spoiling it, the owner should closely observe it. It could be medical or behavioral issues. The common reasons for a dog to poop in their crate are here stated below:
Potty Training- If it is still a puppy, it might not have been fully potty trained. It could be to little to hold it for long periods of time; puppies release more frequently than adult dogs. On average, a two years old puppy can hold itself for maximum two hours. As it grows older, the time may start increasing. In spite of having potty training and being a mature age, it is quite unnatural for adult dogs to not be able to hold it.
A Bigger Crate- The size of the crate really matters a lot. While choosing a crate, make sure it has ample space for the pet to move around but not too much. If it is too big, the dog may get confused and poop inside.
Anxiety- Being crated, a dog might get anxious and nervous with the idea of separation. It may start panting, whining or might get distraught and forget where it is pooping. It may even get confinement anxiety.
Infections and Inflammatory Bowel Disease- Various infections in the digestive tract can cause uncontrollable diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal infection, bloating and vomiting. When it is suffering from any of these, it might feel too lethargic to go outside for elimination. Even a chronic condition may cause such a problem.
Muscle and Nerve problems- Instability of a muscle and nerves is quite a serious problem that can affect rectum functions and lead a dog to release itself inside a designer dog kennel. Also, if it has problems in joints, especially arthritis, going outside of the kennel to poop can be difficult.
Apart from these, having a trauma or certain medications can also make a pet release itself inside a stylish dog crate.
What to Do?
To diagnose why your pet is pooping inside the crate, get a vet to complete a check up. Mention everything including its age, when it started pooping inside and the type of stool. The veterinarian may ask for a blood test or a stool sample among other things to find the correct diagnosis. Do everything you are asked for.
Once all the problems are cured, your puppy or adult dog might require re-training, so that it will not repeat the issue inside the designer dog kennel.