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Why does my dogs Urine Smell so much
crazykniter posted:
We just adopted a terrier beagle cross (we think) and I almost can't stand the smell. We have two other dogs and I've grown up with animals all my life and have never smelled such a strong oder. You can kind of smell it on her, but if you go out side where she goes or if she has an accident the smell is just over powering. I'm not really sure if it is just this kind of dog or if she actually has an issue. She seems OK and is drinking and urinating I don't think any more or less than normal.
Also we're not sure how old she is, but we are thinking between 6-8 months maybe even a little older. She has been doing good on the potty training except at night I usually have to take her out at least once in the middle of the night. I'm not sure if that is because she really has to go or if she just wants me to come down stairs although she does usually go when I take her out. Should a little dog (20lbs) be making it through the night by now or not?

Thanks for any hepl you can give me.
Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Dear crazykniter,

Smelly urine might be an indication of an infection in the bladder. I agree, most 6-8 month old dogs can make it through the night - but if she has an infection she might not be able to hold her urine as long. I suggest a trip to the veterinarian for an evaluation.

Ann Hohenhaus


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