Dog Question

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Unregistered-1427815803, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. Sorry to be asking as this may not be the correct place but you guys are all so informative.

    First let me say this is not a joke or troll.

    We have two Aussie's both from the same litter and were three in March.

    Well the black tri has taken to urinating in her sleep. She has been completely house broken up to this point. Nothing else seems to be going on with her. I would say this has been happeneing for the last three months. I have not taken her to the vet's but am now rethinking that option. We do let her out all the time as there are three dogs all together and have been with each other for the past 2.8 years.

    Any suggestions other than going to the vet's. Never in all my 54 years with pets have I had a problem like this one come up.

    Tks for any and all information. Susan
     
  2. countrygrrrl

    countrygrrrl PITA

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    She might have a urinary tract infection --- is she peeing *inappropriately* (?) at other times, as well? Then, that would be my first guess.

    If she's spayed, she might also have spay incontinence. I have a German Shepherd girl with spay incontinence --- it was horrible when she first came to live with me, but lots of exercise and an improvement in diet have virtually eliminated the problem.

    There are also diseases which can cause this --- like diabetes, Addison's (I think Addison's - ??) and some others.

    Usually, though, I've found it's a UTI, especially if the pup is also peeing when sitting somewhere or in the house, although fully housebroken, etc.

    I'd get her to a vet. Those UTIs can cause lots of trouble if not treated,

    If it turns out she has spay incontinence, post again and I'll tell you how I helped this GSH girl with it. :) Spay incontinence is very easy to deal with without drugs.
     

  3. Sarah J

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    I would be inclined to agree that it's a urinary tract infection. Keep in mind that the medications that are given for that can sometimes lead to more frequent urination, too...so make sure she gets plenty of opportunities to go outside, maybe right before bedtime and immediately upon awakening, too.

    Definitely take a urine sample (first of the morning is the best) to the vet to have it analyzed. If that comes up negative you'll probably want to take the whole dog in. :)

    -Sarah
     
  4. fin29

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    We have a female greyhound that does that. She started it when she was about 4 or 5, and it came on suddenly as in your case. We give her phenylpropanolamine tablets from the vet with each meal. It helps relax the muscles that control urination. In some dogs they get spastic and cause urine to leak out at inappropriate times. If it's a UTI, the urine will smell awful.
     
  5. Tks everyone. The UTI not sure but no foul ordor. Goes out frequently and does urinate. It's like a little kid that is potty training. She just seems to loose control but only when she is sleeping. She has been spayed but well over a year ago and this just started to happen since June. I think I will stop at the vet's with urine sample.

    I'll let everyone know what happens. Tks again! Susan
     
  6. kathy H

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    Petsmart carrys a dog panty with velcro sides which you can put a moddess pad in to help soak up urine. We had to use one on our old dog and she looked so cute in it, it was denim colored.
     
  7. HarleysMom

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    I had a boxer with the same problem that started when she was about 3 years old. It was spay incontinence and caused by a lack of estrogen. I gave her phyto estrogens when it would happen, off and on for the rest of her life. She was a wonderful dog and was upset when it would happen, always in her sleep. The phenylpropanolamine pills didn't work for her. Good luck with your girl.
     
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    Our greyhound went back on the pheno. pills recently after a long spell without incontinence. If it doesn't work, she'll be trying the estrogen. She's about 11.
     
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    In addition to the above, one thing I found out about spay incontinence with my German Shepherd girl ----

    It gets a lot worse if they're stressed out.

    This GSH was EXTREMELY stressed when I got her. She was being dumped by some old neighbors (they were moving :rolleyes: ), had been left in a yard with little shade all summer, been fed erratically and poorly, and received little human contact.

    When she first got here, she was almost flooding the room.

    Once she began getting regular exercise, regular meals, relief from the weather and playtime, the spay incontinence virtually disappeared. It's no longer a problem for her.
     
  10. Susan Mary

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    Thank you everyone! Susan