Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: older male peeing at night??

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    482
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default older male peeing at night??

    We have been to the vet alot the last month for my 9 yr old cavalier. First we went in for the SM consult. Then he had a slipped disc that required steriods and other meds for a week. Now he is having pee accidents at night. Vet wants to treat for uti but I am not sure that is the problem. I hate to give him more medication if it isn't needed.

    Do neutered males lose their bladders like spayed females? Or perhaps he just needs an extra potty break during the night? He isn't having any other signs of a bladder infection and is drinking normally.

    He sleeps in a crate at night, so is peeing on himself.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    1,435
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Not sure about SM medications, but isn't one of them a diuretic? This could cause the accidents/extra potty break. I had this problem with Sydney when he was on his heart meds.
    Joyce - Proudly owned & loved by

    BellaMia (Aug. 30, 2012) My Beautiful Ruby Milo (Jan. 20, 2014) My Handsome Tri
    Sydney (
    April 16, 2000~April 4, 2012) Always and Forever In My Heart

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Chicago area
    Posts
    1,752
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Is he off the steroids? Steroids are really hard for some dogs to handle. Our first dog couldn't take them because they just made her pee all the time. If he is still on them or hasn't been off them for long, maybe they're still in his system and are causing him to pee at night. A thought. Then again, he might have a UTI. Did they check his urine? My older male (almost 12)is now on his second UTI in a year - don't know if older males are more prone to it or not. I'd probably at least have his urine cultured out if he's not still on steroids.
    Bev
    Oliver (blenheim, born 3/2001), Riley (black & tan, born 8/2002,), Madison (ruby, born 9/2003), and Oz (tri-color, born 7/2007)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    518
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I'd ask for a culture too. That way, you know if that's the problem or not, and what specific family of antibiotics to use. Also ask about checking his thyroid. Our boxer would have a seizure at night, wet herself and we didn't know what was going on until we were awake for the third one. The seizures and slightly thinning hair were the only symptoms. I hope he's feeling better soon.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Coventry UK
    Posts
    1,837
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Starting on SM meds, which usually include a diuretic such as Zitac, can make dogs pee a lot, so his accidents may stop in a week or two. Gabapentin can make them drowsy as well, so it may be that he's sleeping more deeply and not waking up to ask to go out - the drowsiness wears off too. Dogs usually hate wetting their beds, so it sounds as if he's either getting 'caught short', which could be due to the diuretic, or not waking up, which could be the gabapentin (assuming he's on it!).

    Kate, Oliver and Aled

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    482
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks for all the feedback. I will talk to my vet again about possible meds causing the problem and getting urine sample. We tried at the vet office but he wouldn't pee.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •