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My house trained dog is now urinating in the house during the night.

Posted by graig

11 days ago I had my 9 month old shepherd/dane mix dog spayed. Since then she has urinated in the house everynight in the middle of the night. I took her to the vet and they think it is a UTI so they gave her an antibotic shot. Well it has been 5 days and she is still urinating in the house. I know she is doing it on accident because it is always by the door, but the problem is she used to be able to hold it for 6 to 7 hours. Now it seems she cant hold it for 1 hour. Has anyone had a similar problem and what could this be.
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Given the history that your dog had abdominal surgery less than 2 weeks ago, it is very likely that she is experiencing a disruption of her urinary training due to the discomfort of  the surgery and subsequent recovery.  This, of course, is assuming that she was well-trained before the surgery.

It is also possible that she does have a urinary bladder infection as your vet has said.  

Generally, female dogs recover from being spayed with not many complications.  Now that she is 11 days post-op, you should be able to get her back into her regular routines...walking on a leash, going outside for bathroom duties, etc.  What you are describing should resolve itself pretty soon.  If it doesn't, you need another consultation with your veterinarian.

Dr. Myrna Milani, of this Pet Health Community, may have some additional ideas for you related to this disruption of behavior.

Helpful Buckeye

Bummer. I posted a response to this in the wee hours of the morning and it disappeared. :-)

 It's also possible that this could be territorial marking. Whereas dogs who have UTIs may go whenever the urge hits them, dogs who mark tend to go in specific places and by doors is one of them. Dogs who have had surgery may feel more vulnerable when they come home, especially if they tend to be protective of their territory in the first place. In that case, they'll urinate in specific places in an attempt to frighten off perceived threats so they don't have to deal with them. Dogs who urinate by doors are usually responding to something outside. Those who do this in the middle of the night are usually responding to free-roaming animals around the owner's home. Because the threat doesn't get into the house, this reinforces the dog's behaviors.

Also, sometimes following surgery owners relate to the dog in a way that they think is comforting--such as talking to the dog in a higher sing-song voice or babytalk. However, instead of comforting the dog, this may make the dog feel more vulnerable because that tone and the body language that goes with it communicates submission rather than confidence. To test what you're communicating to your dog, talk to a mirror the same way you talk to her. Then ask yourself whether what you see and hear communicates that you're more than confident in your ability to take care of yourself and her, as welll as her ability to make a speedy recovery from her surgery. If you see something else, you might consider changing your approach.

If she's crate-trained, you can also try crating her at night or keeping her in your bedroom with the door closed so she can't roam. For many dogs who are marking, the comfort of their crates or being with their owners stops the behavior.

my dog has done this twice in a week he got castrated on the 28 feb 13, he did it the first night he was back (i put that dow to the anaesthetic) but then last night on our way to bed he went into my spare room and pee'd all over the bed quilt

First, I apologize for thinking your dog was a she instead of a he! Unless  he was sleeping on the bed and you saw the uring on it when he woke up and moved away, this is behavioral marking.  If he's leaking urine in his sleep, that's medical.

If it's behavioral, you can try thoroughly cleaning the area--this is important!--and keeping the door to the spare room shut for at least a month. If some unusual event occurred a couple times that scared him and caused him to mark to protect himself, eliminating the scent and access to the space should cause him to forget about it. If he goes somewhere else, that usually occurs when whatever if threatening him keeps happening.  For example, a  random free-roaming animal can trigger this behavior, as can vehicles or other events that only occur periodically.

Myrna Milani

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