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Problem with dog urinating in house
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marysue1210 posted:
We have a Boston Terrier about 3 1/2 years old and for the last 3-4 months has been starting to urinate in the house, not every night we can go about a week before she does it again. We make sure that she ggoes out around 10pm and again before we go to bed around 12pm and we have also starting taking up her water around 8pm. We do get on to her when this happens but don't know why she is doing this now.

Any help or suggestions would be great, she is really a good dog.

Mary K
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Will Draper, DVM responded:
Mary- best thing for you to do at this point is take her in for an exam with your veterinarian, where more than likely a urinalysis will be performed- and possibly blood work and/or x-rays. The inappropriate urination can be a sign of a urinary tract infection or even urinary bladder stones (uroliths). If she is spayed, it could also be that her urinary bladder sphincter is getting weak- something commonly seen in spayed females as they get older that can be controlled with medication in most cases.
There is also the possibility that it is behavioral. Are there any new pets or people around? Any other changes that might affect her, such as a family member going back to work? In any case, this is usually a problem that can be resolved with proper medical attention. Best of luck...keep us posted!
Dr. Will


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