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My puppy is a 6-month-old male. He was neutered through a rescue group at approximately 10 weeks of age. I took him in as a foster at that time and eventually adopted him. He was brought into the rescue group from an unfunded shelter in a rural area. He had a broken tail, was undernourished, and scared. His tail was amputated when he was neutered. At around 14 weeks he experienced some issues with bone growth of his front legs. The inside bones were growing slower than the outside bones and causing his legs to bow and buckle. The legs have mostly straightened out at this point.

I had informed the medical team through the rescue group that he had symptoms of excessive urination and drinking a lot. He was treated for a UTI but no UA was performed. The symptoms did not go away. UA was then performed which was negative. The rescue informed me that it was behavioral and the puppy was cleared for adoption.

I adopted the puppy and took him to my vet. Another UA was performed which showed blood and bacteria. He was given an antibiotic with no improvement. Another UA was performed which showed blood so a urine sample was taken via catheter. The sample was negative for infection but still shows mild blood.

The vet seems stumped. Her plan at the moment is to perform blood work and then likely refer him to a specialist for imaging.

The poor little guy seems house trained in that he whines at the door to go out. When he goes out he pees, typically at least 4 times. He does not have poop accidents in the house. We take him as much as 4 times an hour and he will still leave puddles everywhere. In an hours time he could leave 5 or more puddles in the house. This is with going outside to pee as well. When crated, he seems to do well. Once a week or so he may have an accident in his crate but for the most part, he seems to be able to hold it in the crate. I do think he may leak small amounts of urine when he sleeps.

There are moments when I think I'm losing my mind and that I have just failed at house training. But, none of this seems normal!

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks.
 

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Hi! My puppy had similar issues when she was very young (about 3-4 months) where she would leak quite a bit of urine when she sleeps. We took her to the vet and at first treated it as a uti because the urinalysis came back with presence of blood but no bacteria. The drugs didn't work and she was sent in for a full abdominal ultrasound. It came back showing that she had a bilateral kidney infection from a slightly ectopic ureter. I did not know what an ectopic ureter was, and basically it is when the ureter (carries pee from kidneys to bladder) Ir incorrectly connected to the bladder (in my case) or connected to somewhere else, such as the vagina. We did a follow up and it seemed to have fixed itself because she doesn't have any issues at all anymore, she's now 9 months. Just to let you know, this is an extremely rare condition, and often is asymptomatic in male dogs so it's likely not the issue you have, but I thought I would suggest it as something maybe you could mention to the vet :) I would also suggest investing in some doggie diapers or belly bands so you can manage the issue until you get a diagnosis :)
 
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