Puppy bladder issues?

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Postby TheRedQueen » March 22nd, 2011, 11:04 pm

Puppy question: a sixteen week old pup should be able to hold their bladder how long? Galaxie can't apparently go more than 30 minutes without peeing. She pees outside, on any surface, in her crate, etc. This morning for example: 3 pees in the grass outside in 20 minutes. Back into her crate while I took a shower, peed in her crate. *sigh*
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Postby plebayo » March 23rd, 2011, 1:04 am

I'd have her pee checked and maybe a vaginal exam, lots of girl puppies are prone to vaginitis which can cause irritation, and not even be related to the bladder but make them feel like they have to pee.

I think there's a rule that has to do with age vs hours but I can't remember it. I would think at 16 weeks the puppy could hold it 3-4 hours - especially if she's being crated and is sleeping. Like if she was out running around and drinking a lot of water I would probably take her out every 2-3 hours, but they should be able to hold it longer while in their crate.

It does kind of depend on the puppy, but 3 pees in 20mins is pretty excessive.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » March 23rd, 2011, 7:23 am

I've always heard one hour per one month of age, so she should be able to hold it for 4 hours. I agree with a vet check.
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Postby Hundilein » March 23rd, 2011, 8:30 am

pitbullmamaliz wrote:I've always heard one hour per one month of age, so she should be able to hold it for 4 hours. I agree with a vet check.


Ditto. Some puppies do take a couple of "squats" to empty their bladders, but if she peed several times outside and then peed again in her crate, I'd be concerned that something else was going on.
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Postby TheRedQueen » March 23rd, 2011, 8:37 am

Oh, and there is *NO* whining/crying/vocalization before/during the peeing in her crate. She occasionally lets out a short whimper, but by the time I get there (within seconds...it's a small house), she's already peed. We're wondering if its' a "owww...that smarts" noise.

Setting up an appt for tomorrow. Too busy today to get over there. :(
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Postby TheRedQueen » March 23rd, 2011, 8:44 am

Appt for tomorrow afternoon...for both pups...Galaxie for rabies and possible UTI...Chai (Aussie pup) for distemper. Busy afternoon!
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Postby TheRedQueen » March 24th, 2011, 10:53 pm

Well, Galaxie is on antibiotics...the urinalysis came back clear, but the vet sent it out to double check. She sent her home with meds, because she agreed that it sounded like a UTI, and that with pups the in-house urinalysis isn't always right.

Hopefully this clears things up!
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Postby plebayo » March 24th, 2011, 11:08 pm

Sending good thoughts hoping the antibiotics work and she gets back onto a normal pee schedule!
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Postby SisMorphine » March 24th, 2011, 11:17 pm

Both Teeny and Isey had puppy vaginitis and peed sooooo often because of it. We didn't do any antibiotics and after the first heat the symptoms subsided for both of them. And now Teeny can hold it for hours (hell, just the other day she held it for 16 hours because it was raining (trust me, she was shoved outside at least 4 times in between).
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Postby TheRedQueen » March 30th, 2011, 8:28 am

Forgot to update...the vet sent the pee out, the in-house Urinalysis came back negative. She has some sort of inflammatory response in her urinary tract...so the meds are supposed to be helping. However, she's still peeing in her crate. *sigh* And peeing a lot outside. We'll finish this round, and see what happens.
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