Last edited by puggerup; 12-31-2009 at 01:05 AM.
Why is she doing it? Is she not getting enough toilet breaks outside? - don't wait for her to decide - treat her like an untrained puppy. Is she drinking too much close to bed time? What are you washing the bedding in (bleach will encourage repeat peeing).
Has she some sort of bladder infection that the vet should check?
George did this when he was very young. The only thing that got him out of the habit was changing his bed- i think he associated the old one with pee so no matter how well I washed it, he would pee on it again
Puggerup ring her foster carer and find out if she did this in her previous home. If not I would be getting her checked by the Vet. It's certainly not normal for a healthy dog of her age to pee the bed. Sounds like there could be some physical problem.
I gather her bed is new so no other dog or cat had the chance to pee in it beforehand. Could Dollie have given it a wee sprinkle do you think?
I can sympathise about the smell. Arwen Pug often wets her bed in her sleep. To be expected in a 17 year old dog. I change her bedding every day, sometimes more often if needed but that pee smell certainly clings to the coat. In between baths I sponge the stinky bits with a damp cloth dipped in a mild eucalyptus oil solution. It helps.
Best of luck in finding a solution to the problem.
Could it be that she is incontinent and simply can't hold it? Ziggy is incontinent. She emptied her bladder a couple of times while she was asleep. She is on medication now and everything is fine. With her it is a hormonal thing because she is desexed. It is quiet common in older desexed girls but of course there are exceptions where it happens in young dogs too (and of course Ziggy has to be one ).
Does she have a urinary or kidney infection?
Is she still peeing her bed?
Our girl is on Propalin. I think it is around 80 or 90 AUD for 100 ml. And then you give it according to the weight of the dog. But saying that, once Ziggy was on the "normal" amount for some time we reduced it. She is now getting half of what we started with and it still works brilliantly. Hope though that it is only a temporary thing for Miley (and you).
Could it be the desexing that did it? There is definitely a problem and it should be investigated further. I am having the opposite right now. Mimi holds and refuses to do anything in the garden. There is nothing there that would frighten her or put her off and besides Pepsi has no problems with the garden. Mimi now holds until we get to the Park to do it.
I have a feeling when dogs change their toilet habits it is their way of telling you that something is wrong, whether physical or psychological.
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