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Q: Peeing in the house

April 27, 2011 | By Jwilliamson56 | 2 answers | Expired: 1204 days ago

Our 12 yr old female/nuetered, mini poodle has taken to peeing in the house for the last month.
She will do so once, 2 or 3 times a week but otherwise is happy to go outside.

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Ches21
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Apr 28, 2011

I would take her to a vet she could have a bladder infection or some type of blockage if you find that there is no problem she is old and just can't hold it so I would get some puppy pads and place around the house for her and confine her to an area with puppy pads when you are not home.

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Jillian
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Apr 28, 2011

Your first step is the vet is do a urine analysis, and her age a blood test as well. If this is a medical issue, it could be from a UTI, bladder, or kidney infection, but it may also be a sign of something else going on. Also something to consider is are you seeing her actually doing it? There's always the possibility she's developed epilepsy and is relieving herself during seizures.

Another common issue with older dogs, particularly females, is incontinence. They simply have a harder time holding it. For this you'll want to pull water, getting her out one last time, prior to going to bed or leaving the house. You'll also want to take extra care, as done during those puppy years, w/getting her out regularly when you believe it's time to go. Knowing this site, I can almost guarantee someone will suggest using puppy pads. This is never a good idea, as they can be confused w/other marks - newspaper, pillows, doormats...

Finally you'll want to consider if she's been under any stress lately. Has something around the home changed recently? Anything in her routine? Anything at all that may be bothering her. If this is the case, remove the source of stress or gradually desensitize her to it in a positive manner, neither forcing her along or coddling her. This also involves getting her out like you would a puppy until she's been retrained.

Any of the above scenarios can take time to correct. Be patient w/her, she'll only be old once but she's worth the effort. It does get frustrating for all of us, but you'll get through it.

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