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| | Some confusion on my part.
U say U've ruled-out medical causes - did the vet culture a urine specimen?
Originally Posted by Natashasimms
Where to start...
I have a 4-YO Husky X Lab, who had a rough start in life; never had anything consistent.
I've [had] him [in] a routine and stable environment. Ever since I got him from the SPCA, he's voided in the house, & I didn't have the knowledge to fix it, so I crate trained him.
He's been fine in there for over a year. He'll still do things if left out alone but never in the crate.
Recently he urinates through the front of his crate, even if left for only minutes.
I've ruled out medical reasons, also.
How do I correct this behavior? He's always had separation anxiety but the crate helped, he'd go in it during the day while I was at home on his own, & slept there whenever he was tired, but he always cried when I'd lock the door to the crate. Not little whimpers either, near-screams.
Some days he's fine when I put him in it to leave & he's perfectly okay, other days, he acts as if it's going to kill him.
He's very well exercised & on a good diet. Any advice would be a help, I just don't know where to start to fix this.
My goal would be to have him free in the house while I'm gone & not come home to a wreck; if this isn't possible, I'd settle for him in the crate, [but not urinating while] in there.
Occult UTIs can have no overt symptoms, & only culturing would reveal lurking microbes. // There's also a multiply-resistant UTI that's now global, & very difficult to kill. It can be a chronic condition for years, flaring up, then going quiet, but always ready to cause problems.
Do U use any OTC calmatives?
His long-standing sep-anx might be helped by them; at the very least, calmatives might reduce his distress.
He "pees out the front"? - so urine isn't IN the crate, it's outside the door? // Is this an airline-approved shipping kennel, or a wire-mesh AKA show-crate?
[guessing a shipper, as he could easily pee thru the "wall" to either side, in a show-crate.]
If it is a shipper, i don't understand how he gets in position to urinate THRU THE DOOR, as that's the narrow dimension; how does he bend to aim out the opening?
Can U set up a CC-TV camera to video from in front of the door, when he's home solo?