Does my dog sound like it has a urninary infection or just stubborness

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by reveriereptile, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. reveriereptile

    reveriereptile Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2008
    Northern NY
    My female english bulldog is around 8-9 months old and the last 3 weeks she has been peeing in the house even shortly after being outside. She use to be able to go 3-4 hours before she wanted to go outside and would sort of let us know that she wanted out. Lately she has peed about 9 times in the house on the floor without warning us besides peeing in her crate. Last night I took her out and stood out in the 11 degree temp. for about 15 minutes and she pooped but wouldn't pee and then wanted back in. Well 10 minutes after coming inside she sneaked over to an area and started to pee. She isn't peeing in the same spots on the carpet either and there hasn't been dog pee in those areas before. We didn't have a problem before with her peeing in the house after we got her housebroken. She would usually sleep all night in her crate and do fine when we had to put her in her crate for a couple hours while we were gone. I'd take her out before putting her in and take her right outside after. She just started this right before Thanksgiving when it got cold out and started snowing. She also started trying to drink more water which I know will make her want to pee more but I've been taking her outside more to try to make up for that. While outside she keeps eating the snow the whole time even after drinking a lot of water. I wasn't sure if the drinking was due to the house sometimes being hot from the heater. Could this possibly be a urninary tract infection or just a stubborn dog that doesn't want to squat to pee? She doesn't mind pooping outside but she doesn't squat as close as she does when she pees. I haven't noticed any signs of her acting like she was in pain while peeing. I need to take her into the vets for a shot but was wondering if I should tell them about her peeing to get tested for problems when I call to make an appointment. I don't want to waste money and it end up just her being stubborn. Also is it normal for a dog to need their picky glands cleaned every month? We just had hers cleaned last month for the first time and they were packed but the last 2 weeks she has been trying to scoot and leaving that smell behind again but not as bad.
  2. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Sounds like a urinary tract infection. My bichon was doing that earlier this summer, and she would pee A LOT each time, craved water, etc. Her pee was clear so at first I didn't think infection because I always thought when they had an infection the pee was much more concentrated.
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I've never had my dogs picky glands done. They havent had any problems. [​IMG]
    Some breeds may be more at risk with them though.. i dont know.
  4. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    I agree with PBJ; sounds like a UTI. Take her to your vet sooner than later, and have her checked as she will need to be on antibiotics.
  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Yesw, and I am no professional. However, I was told by a trainer that dogs emotions are 'for the moment' and really cannot comprehend being spiteful, despite what things they may do. Most dogs have such low self-esteem that spite is not in their nature. So, that being said, yes, UTI.
  6. Hound

    Hound Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    A vet could tell you [​IMG]
  7. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    due to the drinking much more water, I would take her to the vet, as it could possibly be diabetes. Not sure if buldogs are prone to that or not but I know from human experience, peeing a lot and excessive water intake can be a diabetes sign. A vet call would be a good thought.
    I recently had my cat go through a UTI type issue and he could not pee at all, he would strain and try all the time and almost nothing would come out. He had to go to vet and be put under to clean him out and 2 weeks on antibiotics.
  8. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I agree with the going to the vet idea in this case.
  9. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Take her to the vet's & get her urine checked. If the concentration is low confirming that she is drinking excessive water- they will want to go blood work too and rightly so- to make sure this is not a kidney problem. She is young for a UTI, so getting general bloodwork anyway would be good. Also have them check out what her vulva looks like, make sure it is not too recessed. Is she spayed? If not- they will want to make sure she does not have infection in her uterus- do not be surprised if they want to take an x-ray of her belly or ultrasound her bladder and uterus if she is NOT spayed.
  10. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    My dog was also drinking tons of water and it was only a UTI. We pulled up water at night to slow her down and she just whined and whined to go out at like 2 am. She ran straight for the chickens waterer [​IMG]

    I too thought that if it was an infection then there would be concentrated or no pee, but she was peeing what seemed like cups of clear liquid.

    Best to go to the vet and have it checked out.

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