Dog Pees All the Time

by Emma Blair
(South Wales)

I have a 2 year old Jack Russell Terrier and he is fully house trained. For some reason these past couple of weeks he has been peeing in the house. I mean for example he went out for a wee and poo at 8.30 pm came back in and at 9.15 pm he peed on my floor.

I have an 11 month old baby which is beginning to crawl and I am afraid if i leave the room and my child is on the floor and my dog pees that my child will go in it!

Help please... In at my wits end! I don't want to get rid of him but I'm afraid that if it doesn't stop i will have to.

Vet Suggestion Do Peeing Behavior

Hello Emma,

Oftentimes,a well-house trained dog will suddenly start urinating in the house for medical rather than behavioral reasons. If you've ever had a urinary tract infection yourself you can understand that dogs may not be able to make it outside before they need to urinate.

Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. He or she can take a complete history, perform a physical examination, run a urinalysis, and make recommendations for any additional diagnostic tests that might be necessary.

If your dog gets a clean bill of health, then the doctor can talk to you about possible behavioral problems that might be related to your dog’s inappropriate urination. You mentioned the presence of an 11 month old in the house. I wonder if your child’s increasing mobility could be causing your dog some anxiety and stress.

If this is the case, providing the dog with a safe “refuge” and over the counter remedies like dog appeasing pheromone or Anxitane could help. More powerful prescription medications (e.g., clomipramine or fluoxetine) are sometimes needed in severe cases of anxiety.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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