Another pet dilemma.... the peeing puppy...

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10 years 3 weeks ago #31940 by Andrea
This completely went out of my head when I took the cat to the vet today, as I'd meant to ask...

6.5 month old puppy (terrier x if it matters), speyed a week ago tomorrow. She was completely house trained, and asked to go out when she needed to.

Since coming home from being speyed, each day her need to pee has got worse, and she's taken to peeing when she comes into the house, particularly in her crate (she's crate trained, and hangs out in there when we can't be keeping an eye on her, like when we go out to do chores). She 'makes' her bed, sniffs about and then squats and pees.

It has been suggested that it may just some residual stress from the op, but what else might be there be causing this?

She isn't drinking more than usual, and isn't peeing more than usual, just doing it inside rather than out.

So it seems like we're back to square one with house training.

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10 years 3 weeks ago #427459 by DiDi
Andrea, I am totally guessing in this answer but have you considered that as she is crate trained, it is her "home", her safe spot. Having been taken somewhere else (Vet) where she came around in pain, she is relating her cage to her safe spot and "marking her territory" so to speak.

I would expect that if you know she is going to "make her bed" and them wee, it would be the time to intervene as she stops bed making and whip her outside for a pee with lots of praise or even try distracting her with a toy. I doubt it will take long for her to get it again if that makes sense. As I said - just guessing but relating to how I would handle my own wee bitch in the same circumstances. All the best and let us know how you get on.

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10 years 2 weeks ago #427495 by Andrea1
I appreciate your thoughts, Didi, will give that a try. When we first saw her peeing in her crate, I thought she was just sitting down slowly, till I realised something else was going on!

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10 years 2 weeks ago #427499 by gemini kiwi
Andrea, I'd get a sample of her pee tested for infection.
GK

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10 years 2 weeks ago #427546 by DiDi
Very good suggestion Gemini as it certainly crossed my mind when reading the post and then forgot to say "check back with your Vet" asap. Good thinking!

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10 years 2 weeks ago #427565 by Andrea1
UTI was the first thing that crossed my mind, but I've had dogs and cats with them before, and the urgency to go and pain on going isn't there. And today, we had no incidents of soiling in the house at all. Seems puppy has found a new obsession: snow! Snow makes her very happy, and she's also gone back to asking to go out (to play in the snow!!). I hope she keeps it up, but she goes back to the vet on Friday for a post-op check and to have her stitches out, and I will definitely mention it.

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10 years 2 weeks ago #427602 by DiDi
Yeah - I was maybe on track after all - snow - the new exciting toy! I can't imagine how confusing it is for animals to be taken to the Vet (despite the fact that my girl cries with excitement when we turn up and runs up the steps) but once they start sticking thermometers up her back end and clipping her toenails, she is "MUM!" "Get me out of here" until next time! The joy of caring and thoughtful Vets.

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10 years 2 weeks ago #427676 by Andrea1
I do think we're all over the toileting issue. She's back to asking to go out, peeing on command, and no accidents in the house yesterday or today.

And she doesn't want the snow to melt, ever. :D :D :rolleyes:

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