The other night at our Obedience class, I noticed Emme (our 6-month-old puppy), squatting and peeing quite a lot. I chalked it up to all the excitement of the class. The following night though, we had multiple accidents in the house. This is very unlike Emme! She has been pretty well potty-trained since about 12 weeks old. She goes to the door if she has to potty. These accidents seemed to be as if she couldn’t even control it at all, and she seemed unhappy she had done so. I simply cleaned up, and then took her out, just in case. I began to suspect a Urinary Tract Infection.
Overnight, she peed in her crate – which she NEVER does. So then, I really became concerned. I watched her closely in the morning, and sure enough, she peed about 5 times in the span of an hour, and a couple times, it was just a dribble. Now I was convinced we had an issue on our hands, and made an appointment with our veterinarian that afternoon.
My vet requested a urine sample if possible, so when I went home at noon to get Emme, I had a big long serving spoon ready! I followed her outside, knowing she would be going potty right away, and sure enough, I slid my spoon under the stream and got a great sample. Then I put it in an old plastic container, and off we went to the veterinarian.
After an exam, and urinalysis on the sample I brought in, we confirmed a presence of bacteria in the urine meaning an infection. We got a prescription for 250 mg Clavamox tabs, and got it filled at the Drs. Foster & Smith Pharmacy right away. In addition, we picked up some Probiotic treats, to give in between the Clavamox to help encourage growth of good bacteria, and some Cranberry supplements to help with the infection as well. Last, we got a packet of Pill Pockets to put her antibiotic tabs in so they go down easy!
I am keeping a close eye on Emme for any possible side effects from the Clavamox, but she doesn’t seem to have any. I’m also making sure she is drinking plenty of water! I think she tends to forget (puppy mind…) so am thinking about getting a fountain, as I think it would encourage her to drink more water.
Hopefully the antibiotics kick the infection out! We will do another urine test in about 10 days to see if it is gone. If it isn’t, we will do another week of antibiotics to get it gone for good.
So remember: if your puppy (or adult dog) starts peeing uncontrollably and more often… You should get them checked out at your veterinarian as they may have an infection and they can’t tell us when they don’t feel good. Learn more about Urinary Tract Infections in dogs at our PetEducation.com website!