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Cash is two years old, she is a beautiful aussie mix. She is moderately timid (which I work on) and likes time to warm up to strangers inside the home (she is fine meeting people away from the house). She is not the type of dog you correct loudly. She is smart, she knows when she messed up. So a serious voice, not even necessarily overly stern, gets her attention. Here is the problem. Over the course of a week (about 5 months ago), she peed in the bed three times - at night, while I was sleeping. The third time, I woke up and it almost sounded like she was licking up her urine as it was coming out. The other two times, her backside was completely wet like she peed in her sleep. I took her to the vet that week, they ran a urinalysis and blood work. Came back clean. The thought she may have incontinence, which I was unsure of and therefore was hesitant to start her on lifelong medication. It stopped for about three months. Then it happened again about a month ago, and again last night. I let her out every night around 9:30 and again around 6:45 in the morning. Last night, I noticed it around 11:45, so I got up and let her out. I am at a loss. She has no accidents during the day, only at night and always in the bed where and while I sleep. I will start her on the medication, but nothing about this says incontinence to me (it seems inconsistent and I have heard the sound of her almost lapping it up as it is happening?). She clearly knows she messed up, she does the look and walk of shame and peers around the corner as I change the sheets. I have an older dog who sleeps next to the bed and in the other room. Thoughts? Thank you so much.
 

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Female dogs are more susceptible to urinary tract infections. However if this bacteria didn't come up in the testing... it is unlikely. I'm not a fan of antibiotics, and by the tone of your post neither are you. So lets rule out some other potential issues:
Has anything changed within your home or life in the last 5 months?
What are you feeding her?
Does she have fresh water accessible to her all the time?
Have you noticed her urinary patterns during the day time?

while you are finding a solution, this website has petpants for this reason (so she doesn't feel like she's made a mess) handicappedpets.com .... at least she will have night time temporary relief until she is whole and healthy again :)
 

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Thank you so much for reaching out. UTI was my first thought, so I was surprised when tests came back OK.

My other dog is severely allergic to pretty much everything, the one food he tolerates is nature's recipe - chicken and barley. Cash eats that as well. I do give her human food. Ocassional safe fruit, lots of chicken, beef, etc.

My routine is still the same, nothing stands out. Same relationship status, same house, same job.

I leave a bowl of fresh water out during the day, I'm not entirely sure they drink that much while I am gone, which is a solid 8 hours. They wait to eat until I am home. I give them breakfast but they won't eat it unless it's a weekend and I'm home.

To be honest, I don't know what her pattern is. I know she's goes in the morning. I've never watched after that. I let them out frequently. After 5 they probably go out at least 5 times.

I will buy some petpants. I get so frustrated but being as in tune and sensitive as she is I really try to refrain from showing emotion. If this was a training issue, or marking (even though she is fixed) or she was angry, I feel she would do it when I'm not around and more consistently. One thing I have noticed is her dreaming is more intense. She does a lot of shaking and moving when in a deep sleep.



Thanks again.
 

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Is she spayed? The symptoms you describe are not inconsistent with incontinence. Most incontinent spayed female dogs have a 'little bit' of circulating estrogen that tends to vary depending upon the week or month, making episodes of incontinence come and go. Usually, however, as these dogs age, the episodes become more common. Medication is usually very effective and fairly safe, though you are always at liberty to stop it at any time (it is not a situation in which you have to commit to life long medication once you start, and if you do stop and the incontinence returns, you can always restart the medication). Sometimes after being on meds for some time, dogs seem temporarily 'cured' and often will show no signs of incontinence for a long time (even over a year sometimes) after owners stop their meds... but generally it returns. Every dog is different and there is no way to predict what sort of success you will have.
 
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