I am a new foster mom to my sweet little chihuahua female Jessa. She is believed to be about 2 years old, and due to her having heartworms apparently her old family gave her up.
I just moved to Dallas and started fostering her exactly one week ago, and I love her very much! She is very sweet and snuggly and she is very attached to me already. I have an 11 y.o. chihuahua and 4- year old chihuahuha(both females) back at my parents in Arkansas, miss them every day, so I was eager to get a dog of my very own. I helped with their training, have done a lot of reading up on the breed, etc., and have very well behaved dogs back home so I was pretty confident I'd be able to handle a rescue.
I was told Jessa was houstrained when I first got her, but I quickly realized she was not. She had a few accidents the first day or so, and I chalked that up to her being new to the environment and getting used to the place.I do not scold her for this, because I have read that once the accident is made, I will just teach her to potty in private inside if I make her feel bad about it. So I clean up the mess and take her outside. When she goes, I give her a treat within 3 seconds of her relieving herself.
I quickly made the living room "her space" and put sheets and towels on the couch, her crate nearby, her food and water outside the crate, and I watch her like a hawk. For the first 5 nights, I slept on the couch with her, and she did not have any accidents on the couch when I slept with her in my lap. Over the weekend, I was ready to move her to sleeping on the bed, so I moved the crate in my room to make this her new space. She cries when I get ready in the morning, so I wanted her to be closer for that reason also. I took my eyes off her for a moment while getting ready for bed and she peed on my fresh bedspread. We retreated to sleeping on the couch that night.
The next day, she had a very odd bowel movement outside, and then later had more accidents in my room, followed by vomit on the bed and blood in her stool on the floor. I cleaned it up, kept her in the kennel and watched her overnight and I took her to vet the next day. All tests came back normal, she had normal stools, peed, etc. They gave me wet food to give her for now and antibiotics.
However, when I picked her up, she had peed on the towel I brought her in inside her crate while at the vet. For the past week, she has seemed very interested in human food(though I only gave it to her the first few nights, and only gave her turkey), and thus hasn't been eating her regular dry food much. I give her 1/4 cup muenster dry fish 2x a day(AM/PM). The vet gave me wet food for her and she is eating that just fine. She literally gobbles it up! Now that is all good, but she is peeing EVERYWHERE!
I decided to let her sleep on the bed with me last night, and She woke up in the middle of the night and I put her in the crate. When I woke this morning, she had just peed all over herself. I blamed myself for not rushing her outside sooner. It was 6:30 am and I was groggy.
I just went home on my lunch break, and she had peed on the newly washed blanket I put in her crate and a small pillow I put in there too.
This is the first I've seen of her peeing in her crate, and its unusual to me that she is doing it where she sleeps. Its not in a corner-its literally all over her tail and right where she is sleeping. Its so sad.
What is wrong with her? I'm worried now this is the reason she was given up. I love her so much and I just want to train her to not pee on everything, but I cant figure out if she is marking, unable to control her bladder, or a combination of the two. As far as we know, she has never had puppies, but her nipples are enlarged and that can be a sign that she has had puppies before or had a "false pregnancy" which can affect her ability to hold her pee.
I just called the vet on my way back to work to let her know about my concerns, but I was wondering if anyone had any help..
I work 9-6 everyday and I am fine with letting her out on my lunch break, but I hate the idea of making her stay in a crate all day(whether its something she enjoys or not, I know she would enjoy having free reign more). She loves the couch and I'd like to be able to let her hang out there while I'm gone, or cuddle up on my bed if she wants to until her mommy gets home-without the worry that she is marking everything or straight up fully peeing and soaking my expensive new couch and mattress
Also, my apartment in basically fully carpeted apart from the bathroom/ kitchen which are pretty small. I am thinking of closing off the bathroom area and putting her crate in there and leaving the door open for her and maybe starting to try with puppy pads. I have one set out and she has not touched it. I cannot actually see if she pees on my carpet because it has a salt and pepper yarn look to it, so I have only discovered it by stepping on it
Thanks and all help is super appreciated!!