Fecal house soiling in the geriatric pet population can be a clinical challenge. The number of patients seen in practice with this problem is difficult to estimate,1 but because house soiling can significantly impact the human–animal bond and sometimes lead to euthanasia of the pet, a fast, accurate diagnosis is vital.

The following 5 diseases and disorders that may lead to house soiling seem over-represented in the geriatric pet population. However, when evaluating a geriatric dog or cat for this problem, all possible differential diagnoses should be considered.2


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