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Old 12-31-2018, 01:16 PM
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Why is my Dog Wetting the Bed?

Hello! I have a German Shepherd/Doberman Pinscher mix who's about five years old. She's perfectly house trained during the day, stands very quietly and patiently by the door if she has to go out and has even sat there for forty-five minutes before with no problems or even a noise until someone notices and lets her outside. But for about the past month she's been inexplicably wetting the bed at night. I don't think she knows when she's doing it but nearly every night she'll wake up to half her body soaking wet and a giant puddle on her dog bed. She used to sleep with me but since it's started I've had to kick her to the floor at nights. It's gotten to the point where she'll fall asleep during the day on the couch and just pee. I can't punish her or scold her, because she doesn't know.

I'm pretty sure it has something to do with her weird water problem. Every time I've mentioned it to a vet they'll ignore me or blow me off like it's nothing but she'll drink up to 2 or 3 gallons of water a DAY if I let her. I cut off all water supplies by six so by the time she's in bed at 9 her bladder should be empty, right? Help! I don't know what to do! Why does she drink so much water? Anyone have any ideas about how to get her to stop wetting the bed? Thanks!
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google polydipsia & polyuria - then go to a different vet.
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I've talked to three different vets about it and all three have written it down and then moved on, never mentioned it or prescribed anything, which I think is fishy or means that it's not as big a deal as I think. Do you think I should give her as much water as she wants or just restrict her to the amount a 70 pound dog should have?
I googled Polydipsia and Polyuria and the information was a great help. Thanks!
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It depends on the cause which is what you need to insist the vet tests for as there are diseases which can cause it- if they come back clear then the cause can be behavourial or something else causing dehydration eg hot weather or heaters. Is she on any medication cos that can cause excessive thirst also, & too high salt from either diet or salt water. A normal dog can regulate their own water intake, dogs body temperatures are warmer than ours- so they do get hotter than us more quickly. A very active dog will drink more than a less active dog too. I personally dont limit my dogs water- but she's never wet my bed or had any issues with wees or drinking too much so- I cant speak from experience, what I do know is if I had a big dog doing that with big wees- I would classify it as a big problem & I would not be leaving the vet without answers. Not only could it be caused by a health problem but just on the basis of not being able to have my dog in my bed & having to clean up wees- & what your poor dogs having to go thru- I would be wanting this sorted out asap. Its not fair on you or your dog to have to continue like that.
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Thanks for the feedback!
It's been four days with no incidents and less water intake? I don't know what it is but it's almost like as soon as I started to worry she fixed it. If it comes back I'll definitely take your advice though.
She's been tentatively allowed back on the couches but I'm still closely monitoring her drinking and all that.
Thanks again! I post an update in about a week.
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ok, thats great- strange but great☺️ 👍 yeah keep observing any changes that might be influencing this & let us know as it will be helpful uf someone elses dog has this & needs answers
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Check this out. We have done water deprivation tests on dogs at work. Did your vet do any bloodwork?
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I've taken her to two separate vets offices, she's seen three separate vets and on every occasion I've mentioned it. None of the vets have done anything or even asked me about it. On the last visit I purposely brought it up three times and he kinda brushed me off like it wasn't important so I dropped the subject, assuming it would be fine. I'm sure if I really pushed it and demanded tests they would do it, but I'm looking for natural or at-home remedies first and foremost. For one they're often better for the dog and another I really can't afford multiple vet visits, tests and bills right now.
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Update: It has gotten much worse. She's stopped wetting the bed at night at all but when I let her out this morning she drank a ton of water and then sat down in front of me and while wide awake, peed everywhere without any idea that she was doing it. I've started letting her out every half hour or more to prevent any accidents and I'll be taking her to the vet as soon as possible.
Anyone have any idea what's going on? I have this theory that because she drank so much water for so long, her bladder got really weak and now she can't control it anymore?
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I was thinking incontinence, which if she's spayed can be caused by being spayed. Hormones play a part in the muscle tone needed to hold in urine. When the dog is relaxed while sleeping the urine just leaks out.

The problem is that does not account for her drinking so much, nor peeing like she did while wide awake.

One thing I'd be demanding that she be tested for is diabetes. It can cause excessive thirst and the production of a lot more urine.

Tips for Sharing a House With an Incontinent Dog
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