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NicoleM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 09:59 AM
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What's wrong with my dog?
He's a year or two old (we got him from a shelter so we don't know exactly). We've had him since June. He sleeps in our room. The last two nights in a row, he has whimpered in the middle of the night. He never does that. On Saturday night, DH took him out to pee and then the dog was fine. Last night, DH had to take him out at 1:30 and then I got up with him at 5.

Anybody ever had this problem? Do dogs get urinary tract or bladder infections? How would I know if he has one, anyway--I can't exactly have him pee in a cup and send it to a lab.
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Girlfriday Donating Member (570 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 10:02 AM
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1. I would make an appointment with a vet
They will want to know: Is he eating? urinating more frequently? ect.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 10:04 AM
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4. Yes - and as far as peeing in a cup...
...you (or DH) may be tasked by the vet to follow him around first thing in the morning to do just that.

Just one of the the privileges of dog ownership... :-)
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E_Zapata Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 10:03 AM
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2. If he had to go out TWICE in the night......not good
Edited on Mon Oct-06-03 10:05 AM by E_Zapata
I would take him to the vet right away. Bladder infections just get worse and worse.

And think about the kind of food that you are giving him. The cheap brands play havoc on the urinary tract (and other things).

Or, if he is pooping on these frequent visits outside, think about if you changed his food recently (like this week). Changing their food can lead to the runs......



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bamademo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 10:04 AM
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3. Dogs get urininary track infections...
This has happened to my dogs. Call the vet.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 10:11 AM
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5. Whimpered in his sleep?
Or awake?
They sometimes whimper in their sleep when they're dreaming or something. Mine even makes running motions with her feet while asleep.
If he's drinking a lot of water and urinating more, have his blood sugar tested. Diabetes is more common in cats, but dogs can get it.
Yes, they do get bladder or urinary tract infections. The vet may give him antibiotics that will clear it up, but won't hurt him if that's not the problem
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NicoleM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 10:15 AM
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6. No, he was awake
and pacing.

Thanks, everybody, I will make an appointment for him ASAP.
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E_Zapata Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 10:18 AM
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7. let us know how he is doing.
and happy sleeping to all three of you from now on.

I love my pound pup. They are just the best, aren't they?

:-)
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NicoleM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 10:19 AM
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8. He is NOW.
Edited on Mon Oct-06-03 10:20 AM by NicoleM
He acted like his previous owner was Satan for a while after we first got him. :)

On edit, we only have until April for the happy sleeping. Then the baby comes and no more happy sleeping for a loooong time, I'm sure.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 10:23 AM
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9. Sleeping in your room.
You are doing absolutely the right thing to let him sleep in your bedroom. Dogs are pack animals and you 2 are his pack now. They are miserable if made to sleep away from the pack.
See if your library has "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend" by the Monks of New Skete. It is THE best and most interesting book I have ever read about dogs.
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NicoleM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 10:24 AM
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10. He made US miserable
when we tried to have him sleep anywhere else. :)
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retread Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 04:28 PM
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16. Have you read "The Other End of the Leash" by
Patricia McConnell? A must read for all dog owners.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 11:25 AM
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11. Yes, dogs certainly do get urinary infections.
Edited on Mon Oct-06-03 11:26 AM by RebelOne
My dog had a kidney infection and it cost me $128 for the pills to clear it up. Check if there is any blood in his urine.
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NicoleM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 11:27 AM
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12. We have an appointment with the vet this afternoon.
Will report back.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 11:28 AM
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13. get a bowl
folow him outside...and when he starts to pee sneak it underneath him
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 12:15 PM
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14. Yes, dogs get UTIs
My dog had a bad bladder infection when she was a puppy. It took me forever to potty train her. In her case, her bladder was small for her size (it caught up with her normal growth at about 7 or 8 months), so I had to go home for lunch every day until she was full grown, to prevent recurrence and to facilitate house breaking.
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NicoleM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 04:21 PM
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15. We're back.
The results from the urinalysis aren't back yet (they had an emergency, cat vs. car) but the vet said it sounded like a UTI. We've got some medicine for him.

Spooner and I thank you for all your help. :)
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this_side_up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-03 04:35 PM
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17.  don't let him get
into anti-freeze. I think it kills the kidneys and then
the dog.
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