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    Default Sweet smelling urine??

    My Chihuahua/Jack Russel cross Pookie is around 7-8 years old and has recently started having sweet smelling urine, smells like honey??.

    She is a little overweight which I am working on. Could this be an indicator of diabetes?

    Apart from this she is perfectly normal, normal energy levels, normal eating, drinking, pooing. Any ideas anyone? Of course if it continues we will be off to the vets..........................

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    'Bella44' - any changes to urine - smell/colour/frequency - needs vet attention.

    Yes - it could be diabetes - but it could also be UTI - or if you have changed the diet in any way - this could also affect urine.

    So - off to the vet ASAP and get your pup checked out. Take a urine sample as close to the appointment time as you can and put it in a sterilised container - for the vet then to be able to test it.

    Good Luck !
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    What Riley said.

    Not sure why you're asking us.

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    Well obviously to see if anyone else had the same experience and what they did about it and to see if anyone had any advice.............

    Strange I thought I was posting in the Health and Nutrition questions section................
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    Could also be a sign of acetonemia, or ketosis. Which can have many causes, one of which can be obesity and kidney failure. More common in cats. But I would be getting her to the vet.

    Let us know how you go.

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    Ah Bella44

    We're not the substitute vet, some health and nutrition questions are best made direct to the professionals.

    Otherwise you could get some very bad info in here. Ie wait and see is a very popular recommendation - especially on Sunday afternoon. Why do dogs always start looking sick or injure themselves on Sunday afternoons.

    I'd like an update, did you go to the vet (with a sample), what happened? Is Pookie back to normal?

    The worst thing for stinky pee - is asparagus. But only for some people. There's several different kinds of people when it comes to asparagus... the ones who have smelly pee when they eat it, the ones who can smell the pee smell, the ones that it doesn't affect at all, the ones who make smelly pee and can smell it, and the ones who make smelly pee and can't smell it.

    Beetroot, carrot, and vitamin C tablets or multivitamins also have strange effects on pee.

    But a sugary sweet smell - means something's wrong. Not that I'm in the habit of sniffing my dogs (or my own) pee.

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    Diabetics pee, when they are in keytones smells like pear drops.
    Folks with a urinary tract infection smells like fish.
    Either way, vet

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    Its so weird but since I posted, its gone back to normal, I cant understand it, I've had the unpleasant job of smelling it several times more, and now it smells normal again. Don't know what to do. As I said in all other ways she is just fine. ??
    Sorry Hyacinth did not mean to jump down your throat, just worried I guess, and now its back to normal and hasn't come back since - weird!

    Initially when it smelt sweet was when she accidentally peed on my other dogs head whilst out on a walk, so maybe it was that when the pee mixed with Missy's skin it smelt that way, when she has since peed on grass/dirt its normal.

    I'm totally flummoxed now. Will continue to monitor it for a while tho, just in case : ( and if it does return, its off to vet : (
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    well, if i ran to the Dr's every time i could smell something in my pee, id be called a hypochondriac.
    Sugar Puff's cereal, asparagus, vitamins, pineapple, you name it, ive noticed it.
    Urinary tract infections signs and symptoms in dogs:
    How Can I Tell if My Dog Has Urniary Tract Problems?

    The following signs may indicate that your dog is having trouble with his urinary tract:
    Inability to urinate or only passing a small amount of urine
    Bloody or cloudy urine
    Fever
    Loss of bladder control, dribbling urine
    Increased amount and/or frequency of urination
    Straining and/or crying out in pain when trying to pass urine
    Soiling in inappropriate places
    Constant licking of urinary opening
    Strong odor to the urine
    Lethargy
    Vomiting
    Changes in appetite
    Weight loss
    Severe back pain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bella44 View Post
    Its so weird but since I posted, its gone back to normal, I cant understand it, ........

    Initially when it smelt sweet was when she accidentally peed on my other dogs head whilst out on a walk, so maybe it was that when the pee mixed with Missy's skin it smelt that way, when she has since peed on grass/dirt its normal.

    I'm totally flummoxed now. Will continue to monitor it for a while tho, just in case : ( and if it does return, its off to vet : (
    'Bella44' - really pleased to read your update and that everything appears to be normal with Pookie !

    Peeing on another dog's head was probably not the best test to cause concern. It would depend on what shampoo and/or conditioner you used as to what it would smell like !

    The comment above that I highlighted - very important to remember ! Any changes at all - straight to the vet !
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