Our Pit, who is probably close to 2 years old, has recently in the past week been having urinary accidents. She has been house broke for over a year. This past week she has had 2 accidents. The first time a few days ago she peed in the bed (she sleeps with us)and was still laying in the wet spot when we woke up. Then last night she went in the floor, I woke up to her licking it up, as I was getting out of bed she jumped up on the bed and sat down. When she moved less than a minute later there was a circle of urine on the bed about 4 inches in diameter. Like she had peed in the floor but wasn't done peeing, but didn't know it. I am worried about what is wrong with her, but also what the cause is. During the past 3 weeks I can think of two problems that may be cause. One is that I have had a very hectic schedule (husband coming home from deployment) and though I am sure she gets let outside often enough it's not been at normal times. For instance, some nights we let her out around 9pm then go to bed and let her out again the next morning. Some nights she gets let out as late as up in the am before we go to bed. But I always make a point that she is let out before we go to bed. I think that this inconsistency MAY be an issue, or that she may have caught something from drinking from the toilet which I have caught her doing several times recently. Usually we try to keep the bathroom door closed, but it's been left open by accident with new people in the house and such. If either of these were to be the cause of this urinary issue, what would be the treatment or solution? Or is it likely to be something else all together?
I would try to collect some of that pee, a butter container lid works wonders and have a vet check it. She would have UTI, and this is just the first sign. That would be my first thought. If she is house broken, a change is schedule shouldn't make that much difference, and if she is sitting in it, it makes me wonder if she knows she is going.
we got her a vet appointment for friday. But no, she doesn't know she is going. She did it again today. I laid down to take a nap But I couldnt sleep. She was laying by my side the whole time. when i went to get up she moved and there was a puddle. when she moved she sat on a different part of the bed and left droplets there. She wasn't squating like a dog would normally pee. The curious thing is she is also kennel trained, but she doesn't wet in the kennel. In the past month she has now urinated in the bedroom floor 3 times, and in the actual bed 4 times. Ive gotten to where i leave her in the kennel at night now because its hard to clean urine out of a matress. Today was the first time she has slept in the bed with me in almost a week, and at that it was just for a couple hours. I know she doesn't mean to do it, so I haven't been punishing her. And when we are up and moving around she will pace by the door when she needs to go out. I don't think it's a disciplinary problem at all. I'm really worried about her.
Sounds to me like she has an incontinence problem. I won't say it's common, but it is a pro lem that affects spayed female dogs. I would take a urine sample with you to your vet appt. just to rule out an infection but it doesn't sound like one. Usually with an infection they have to pee alot but they still retain control over when they go, they just have to go more frequently. With an incontinence problem urine sorta just leaks out, especially during periods of rest like when she is sleeping, and they have no control over it. You may also want th to do a bladder X-ray while she's there to rule out bladder stones. In some cases stones can cause an incontinence problem as well if the bladder is full of them. If the bladder is full of stones it doesn't leave much room for urine to be held and can cause either them too have to go more frequently or it to leak out.
When you bring a sample it's best if it's the first mornings pee. If you collect it more than 4 hours before your appt you need to keep it refrigerated until your appt. If it is an incontinence problem there are medications that she can take that will help control it. She will have to be on them for life but luckily they are not expensive medications.
Good luck. In the meantime you may want to invest in those doggie diaper things that breeders put on their females when they come into heat.
is it true that incontenence is due to too early spaying in female dogs? We didnt have her spayed until she had already come into heat one full cycle. i dont know exactly how old she was because she is a rescue dog... more like an abused and abandoned one that sort of adopted us and captured our hearts. someone just threw her out. you can tell her nose has been broken at some point in time and she shys away if u move ur hand rea1l fast towards her face. If the age of spay out rules incontenence could it possibly be result from and old injury? or even a genetic problem? We think she may have a genetic problem as well because the pigmentation in her eyes arent right. like, she has brown eyes but there are "slices" of the circle pigmenta1tion that is white. so the coloring around her pupils make "c" shapes instead of a complete circle. its very strange. I hate to sound like she has all these problems and we are neglecting them, its just we didnt intend to take in a pet, she just kind of happened to us. we love her but vet bills are expensive. we tried finding her a good home but she is a pit bull, that has been abused, plus is slightly handicapped from the pigmentation thing (she cant see straight ahead). She would just be put down im sure, and the no kill shetlers around here dont take dogs that are past that puppy stage. weve had her more than a year now. i just couldnt take her to get put down. despite the obvious abuse she is very sweet very gentle and so very very cudly. up until this past week or so she has slept in the bed with us. she is super smart. trains wonderfully. hell, she was nearly trained when we found her, she could sit and stay, she even knew the concept of fetch but just couldnt do it very well since she cant see right. But give her a toy that makes noise when it lands and she does just fine at fetch. she is so smart. i just want it to be clear that even though we werent ready for the financial commitment of owning a dog, i feel like we made the best decision to keep her. and i certainly do regret not being able to get her eyes checked out and her nose xrayed and various other things. we love her very much
Typically if they are spayed before their 1st heat the chance of becoming incontinent increases. It has to do with estrogen levels working on the bladder sphincter. If it were a genetic issue you would have seen signs well before now. I understand vet expenses can be high but the drugs used to treat this are fairly inexpensive.
Many people, when viewing an animal's handicap, often put themselves in their pets position thus transferring all our hangups about disabilities to how they must be feeling. Luckily for our pets they do not come equipped with the ability to feel sorry for themselves and will adapt to whatever life throws their way. Seems to me she is still enjoying life inspite of her handicaps. Whatever, within reason, kind of life you are giving her now certainly sounds much better then where she came from and certainly is much better than being dead.