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Old 12-28-2011, 02:17 PM
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Puppy excessive peeing!

Hi all, we have recently got a new addition to the family, a 4 month old border collie puppy who we have called Connie. We already have 2 older dogs.

Connie has been with us for 5 days now, she was previously on a farm and had not had any training at all. She took to using a puppy pad or newspaper straight away and hasn't had any accidents at all.

However we have noticed today that she has been peeing excessively, i.e. every 15 minutes or so. She is drinking a lot as we have water readily available so thats probably the main reason, also shes very active and we have central heating on (which she isn't used to, having lived her first 4 months in a barn in straw).

Just wondering if this sounds normal, its a long time since my older 2 were puppies!
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Hi all, we have recently got a new addition to the family, a 4 month old border collie puppy who we have called Connie. We already have 2 older dogs.

Connie has been with us for 5 days now, she was previously on a farm and had not had any training at all. She took to using a puppy pad or newspaper straight away and hasn't had any accidents at all.

However we have noticed today that she has been peeing excessively, i.e. every 15 minutes or so. She is drinking a lot as we have water readily available so thats probably the main reason, also shes very active and we have central heating on (which she isn't used to, having lived her first 4 months in a barn in straw).

Just wondering if this sounds normal, its a long time since my older 2 were puppies!
Its not unusual for a young puppy to pee several times an hour. However, if this is a big change in her behavior, you might have her checked for a Urinary Tract Infection. Take a sample of her pee (catch it in a cup!) to your vet for analysis. It should not be very expensive.
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you might have her checked for a Urinary Tract Infection. Take a sample of her pee (catch it in a cup!) to your vet for analysis. It should not be very expensive.
Ditto except I wouldn't catch a sample and bring it in, I'd instead let them get a sterile sample from her via a needle so as to not get a falsely positive culture potentially.
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Ditto except I wouldn't catch a sample and bring it in, I'd instead let them get a sterile sample from her via a needle so as to not get a falsely positive culture potentially.

I know you are technically right, Holly, but that sure sounds ouchy and traumatic for the pup!

Do you know what the rates of false positives with a catch sample are?
Is there risk of introducing bacteria into the bladder with the needle?

I've never had my dogs get this test w/ a needle, just done catch samples, and never had a problem... that I knew of anyway!
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With the appropriate restraint and technique, it's neither ouchy nor traumatic, unless the dog is uber stressed naturally! Bribes go a long way :-) Most free-catch samples will show bacteria (from the lower urethra, vulva and skin)-- so I'd say false positive rate is near 100% (okay, maybe 90%). It all really depends on how your vet interprets it. Problem becomes when an animal has signs of a UTI and your culture only comes back with 10K to 50K bacteria... is it contamination or a true positive? I'd only treat a free-catch with >100k bacteria because odds are against it being contamination at those levels. BUT, over treating with antibiotics because bacteria are present and not knowing if it's contamination obviously leads to resistance issues. Never had/seen a problem with introducing bacteria INTO the bladder.
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Thanks Holly, that is useful info!
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Thank you Holly & Tess, I'm not sure what her normal is yet as we have only had her a week. I think a lot of it is that she is drinking loads of water which I think is mainly because water is always available here and I don't think it was where we got her from It seems to have slowed down a bit so hopefully things will settle down now. Thank you again xx
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