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My dog is peeing in the house every day

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I have an 8 year old female black lab. She is mostly an outside dog, but comes in at night. She has never peed in the house her entire life, she was already house trained when we got her as a puppy. For about the last two weeks or so she has been peeing in the house. She pees in the same spot every time, and has even done it in front of me. She is actually squatting, it doesn't just dribble out or anything. It is always a lot of pee, making a pretty big puddle, it happens in the kitchen, so atleast it is fairly easy to clean up. When I bring her in at night (usually 8 or 9 ish) I make her go pee before she comes in. Sometimes she will have peed by the time I am ready to go to bed (10:30-11) but sometimes I don't find anything until I wake up in the morning. And sometimes I will find it before I go to bed and when I wake up. I became very concerned about her, so I took her to the vet and had a complete work up done. They didn't find anything wrong with anything. Kidneys are normal, nothing in the urine, and she is hypo-thyroid, but the vet said her levels were good, and her medicine dosage was perfect. So the vet put her on antibiotics anyways just in case she had a UTI or bladder infection that got missed. The dog has now been on the antibiotics for 5 days, and is still doing it. I would think that after 5 days the symptoms of an infection (if there really was one) would have gone away. So now I am at a loss of what to do. When I catch her doing it, she knows she is bad and puts her head down and gets in the corner. What do I do?

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Is there any other abnormal behavior you've noticed?

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I would recommend bringing her in where you can monitor her water intake, she may be drinking a lot and simply can't hold it, or there may be something worse going on. Did your vet test for urine acidity? My English Pointer is 5 and has extremely basic urine (and we went through a pee'ing everywhere time), no crystals, just not acidic enough, and so he needs to go out on a very regular and frequent basis. My vet had me monitor and measure his water intake, as well as did an ACTH test to rule out Cushings or Addisons diseases, which sometimes don't register on a regular thyroid test. If it were my dog, and I've been through this, I would go back and ask that they do the ACTH (it's a timed water deprivation) test, monitor her water intake (you'll need to bring her inside to do this though), and have them check for crystals/urine acidity. Good luck and keep us posted on how she's doing. You'll also want to pick up some Nature's Miracle for the pee spots, it's heaven in a bottle for getting rid of what we humans can't smell.

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No other abnormal behavior. The vet did do a urine culture as well and said everything was normal in that test. The vet also did the test and ruled out Cushings disease. Every test they did was normal. She does seem to drink a lot, but I just assumed that it was because it was summer and she was hot. She is a black dog, so I know she feels the heat. But she doesn't seem to drink that much when she comes in at night.

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As jawert1 mentioned, did they check for urine acidity?

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Also ask about Diabetes Melitus and Diabetes Insipidus at your next visit, while DI is relatively hard to diagnose, it is possible she's got that.

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I believe that part of the urine test package they did the acidity test. The vet didn't give me specifics, but everything they did to her urine was normal. I am leaning towards something behavioral, but have no idea how to re-housetrain her.

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I had a similar problem with one of my dogs a few months ago. I noticed he was drinking a lot and then started peeing in the house. Same spot, often right in front of me. His urine also showed no infection. After a few trips to the vet we discovered he had bloat. Contrary to popular belief (according to my vet), bloat does not always have a sudden onset, it can come on gradually. The excess drinking and peeing were the only symptoms he had. She said my dog was probably drinking a lot of water to try and rid himself of the discomfort of excess gas in his belly. Bloat can be fatal if left untreated, and the only reason my vet found it was because she did xrays to see if he had something lodged in his gut that was causing him to drink more. He had so much air in his stomach that she couldn't see much else in there. I would try suggesting this to your vet. Have you changed your dog's food recently?

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No her food has been the same for atleast a year.

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Originally Posted by adl218
I am leaning towards something behavioral, but have no idea how to re-housetrain her.

the fact that your dog is 8yrs old, and this is a new sudden change, leads me to believe it's medical, not behavioral.

good luck, and do keep us posted.

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Did you read vfroloff's post completely regarding the possibility of bloat?

Has your dog had an xray to rule this out?

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I had one foster dog where her urine test came back negative and was on an antibiotic at the time, regardless she still had a UTI which was fixed using a different stronger antibiotic namely baytril

another dog I had had bladder stones and was peeing and drinking excessively she had no infection and the acidity was in the normal range, she was put on a prescription diet for a month to dissolve the stones

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I agree with Jessi76, it certainly sounds medical and not behavioral, especially if your dog is drinking more water than usual. I would ask the vet about bloat. Your dog could also have something lodged in her stomach and is drinking more to try and get rid of whatever is in there. If the problem is not going away with antibiotics you need to keep exploring with the vet to find out what the problem is. If the vet seems to think it's a behavior problem, find a new vet.

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adl218....do you have an update for us?

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How is your dog doing?

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