Old Dog Peeing in House

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January 18, 2013

My oldest dog has started peeing on my bedroom floor. He has never done this. He's 13yrs old, but you wouldn't know it in how he plays outside. I want to take him to the vet, but am a little strapped for cash. Any over the counter meds I could get him from Petsmart or Petco?

By loneladywolf5

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January 31, 20161 found this helpful
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My 14 year old Bichon has kidney / bladder stones and surgery is not recommended due to her age. The vet recommended doggie diapers ... She just dribbles pee all day in the house and doesn't realize it! The diapers are weird, but we are all happy now and life is stress free, not worrying about it anymore. We take it off when she goes outside. Only her bladder is an issue... Thank goodnesss

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March 6, 2015

My twelve year old Lab has always been healthy. He is acting fine and eating fine and playing fine. However he is drinking excessively and going outside to pee quite a bit. The house is extremely dry from the heat, but just today he has gone in the house twice. This is something he never did.

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By Sully D

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March 14, 20150 found this helpful
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Dogs can get diabetes and kidney diseases. Please take him to the vet.

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April 25, 2011

Our dog has started peeing inside, she doesn't know she is doing it. She is a 10 year old cross Jack Russell.

By ALEX KLEIN from Bradford, UK

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April 26, 20110 found this helpful
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There are so many possible causes for this that it would be impossible to give advice. You really need a Vet to exclude fixable problems before deciding on what you need to do. 10 years old is not all that old for a small dog. Your chances of having a treatable medical condition here are high. Anyway, what Deeli said. Good luck.

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June 5, 2015

I have a female dog who is 15 years old and is unable to hold her urine for the 7 or 8 hours we are gone? I was thinking about trying the doggy pads any thougths?

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July 31, 20150 found this helpful
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North Shore under pads on amazon.com sells reasonably and they are free shipping. I buy from them all the time and have never been disappointed with their product. They do not leak through and they are large enough I can scissor cut in half and make two that lasts longer. I just put the cut end toward the back and the pad is placed in a hard plastic liner just in case my dog goes too close to the edge.

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They also send a free Xtra large under pad in each order. You get 100 quality under pads for about $40.00 and if you cut in half, you get double the amount for the same price and it's a quality/quantity stretcher. It's up to your dog whether an under pad is going to be of use. One of our dogs uses them between outdoor potty time or when we are away from home too long.

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May 27, 2015

My dog is getting old, she is part Jack Russell and part Chihuahua, she is about 10 or 11 years old in dog years. I know her sight and hearing is going, she used to be potty trained, but no longer seems to be. I am a great dog lover, she is a rescue dog, we adopted her 7 years ago. Anyway, I know she is old, and stressed, but she is also very spoiled, she is my fur baby child.

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Today she has peed on the carpet twice and even crapped on the carpet, she has been doing this a lot lately, why, I don't know, but my carpet is completely covered in spots. When I catch her I tell her no, and put her outside. I watch her go out there, but then she comes back in and she does it again. What else can I do? Any solutions, what might make her stop, or is this just normal behavior, as I think she may be beyond retraining.

Also, I just want to mention we have another dog who always goes outside to do his business. She is still pretty active when she is happy, she sings and dances, and loves to go for car rides, and walks, if any of that matters.

Thank you.

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June 3, 20150 found this helpful
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This may be age related incontinence. A veterinarian will help you diagnose the condition.

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October 29, 2011

I have two 9 year old Border Terriers and one of them (not sure which) has started to pee in the house, mainly in the same area in the kitchen. They even do it when we are in the house. They have their own dog door. How can we stop this? They are both neutered males. Do you think crating them would help?

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By Sue S

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November 2, 20110 found this helpful
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Our four legged children are like people. As we age health issues start, organs don't function properly. Have your vet check out your baby to rule out any health issues. If there are no health issues, it may be time for your baby to wear diapers.

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January 4, 2013

My miniature Yorkie is 13 years of age and has started peeing constantly in the house. She goes out and pees on demand when told even though she has done two or three large puddles in the house. We are constantly putting her outside every time she gets out of her bed. She has stopped asking to go out, but yaps quite loud to come back in. Has anyone got any answers to this problem?

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By W M

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January 6, 20130 found this helpful
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It does sound like diabetes, or kidney disease. Both are treatable, and your dog can continue to enjoy life. See the Vet ASAP and good luck to you.

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February 17, 2012

I have a 10 year old Lab that is peeing in the house. It is always on her bed. I have changed the bed thinking once done that she will not do it again. She did on the new bed. I have taken her to the vet and her health is good (bloodwork and urine work). She is outside all day with her buddy, but she will go within 30 minutes of being in the house. I now keep her in the mud room and even put a puppy pad down. She still pees on the bed. Now she gets nothing. Help.

By Doris

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February 19, 20121 found this helpful
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This is a common problem. Your dog is not aware she is being naughty. In fact she is may not be aware of what is happening. Doggie diapers are not expensive and work very well. Dogs don't seem to mind wearing them. Some are quite fashionable.

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January 23, 2017

My 15 year old Jack Russell terrier is peeing without control and he won't leave diapers on. He's deaf and almost blind, but he can just be on my lap and pee on me. We can't put anything in his cage anymore cause he even pees in it. I'm at my wit's end, any suggestions?

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January 23, 20170 found this helpful

See your vet. He can probably give him something to help alleviate the situation. Your dog can't help it; he's no longer young.

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January 23, 20171 found this helpful

I feel you on this. OUr dog towards the last few years of his life was completely incontinent. He ended up spending most of the day outside.

Acording to some online sources, vets can prescribe treatsments that proscribe incontinence. www.vets-now.com/.../

Some of the problems with older dogs are hormonal imbalances, kidney/bladder diseases, neurological issues, or plain old anxiety that is heightened by age. A simple urinary tract infection could also be occurring. Different conditions have different solutions. ONce again, a vet visit is probably needed for you to fix the problem www.seniortailwaggers.com/old-dog-incontinence.html

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January 24, 20170 found this helpful

Hi there so we had the same problem with our 18 year old Pomeranian. He was deaf and could hardly see. He still walked around fine but he was getting pretty bad for awhile there. He had bladder problems as well. The vet can prescribe something bit with his age you never know what other problems can occur from that. What we did which probably wasn't very fair but we had a designated spot for where he'd be for the majority of the day and put down some news papers we also bought a steam cleaner to clean up any accidents that he'd make on the carpet. And as for while he's on your lap I know it's inconvenient but you can always put a towel down and make sure you take him out before hand but since he's older it's going to happen. If you have the money definitely see what the vets says first. I hope everything works out

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January 24, 20170 found this helpful

There are medications and surgery available to treat this problem. You will have to ask your vet what the best option is. The vet may also know of some diaper that will not be able to be removed.

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January 26, 20170 found this helpful

i found this site that seems to have a lot of good advice and reasons
www.seniortailwaggers.com/older-dog-peeing-in-the-house.html

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April 3, 20170 found this helpful

I also have a Jack Russell who will be 15 next week. He's deaf and almost totally blind also. He began peeing in the house about 2 months ago. He has lost all bladder control.. He will be right in front of me and do it. I've taken him to the vet 2 times and there is nothing they can do. I bought diapers also, he won't wear them. It's sad... They just lose all muscle control. Mine is beginning to fall a lot on stairs... best wishes to you and your pup...

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December 3, 2014

My old blind dog peeing in my house and he is always walking around in circles. What could be wrong?

By Annmarie

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December 3, 20140 found this helpful
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If he is old, peeing could be incontinence. In other words, he can't control his bladder anymore.
Walking around in circles could be any number of things, including OCD or neurological degeneration.
You will have to take him to the vet to find out if he can be helped.

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August 12, 2019

My 9yr old Cocker Spaniel started peeing on the rug in front of the door. About 6 months ago she started peeing on the rug randomly. I made sure to start letting her out more often. She's done it when we're home and when we've been gone. She knows how to tell us when she has to go (she will even wake me up in the middle of the night) so it's not like that's an issue.

I've washed the rugs and changed the rugs (on my third one) and nothing is working. The urine is so strong that I can tell right away when she does it and it's very hard to clean. I thought maybe it was a bladder infection, but I tried going without a rug there for a few weeks and she never peed on the tile. I have to have a rug because I live in MN and need it for winter. She is an anxious dog and the older she gets the worse it is. She licks her paws a lot. Also, any tips on cleaning the rugs and getting rid of the awful smell?

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Our 25 lb. dog is 13 years old and is peeing on our beds, rugs, furniture, and you name it. He seems to forget to let us know he wants to go out. When he does actually come and want us to take him out he will let us know and then run and hide. After 6 or more tries to put him on the leash, he'll go out to do his business. We love him and can't figure out what's going on. He doesn't seem to be in any pain or distress.

We take him to the vet regularly for his check-ups. He takes one Prilosec every day because prior to taking the Prilosec he ate loads of grass and threw up a lot. He is not dripping urine so diapers aren't needed. Any recommendations would be appreciated. He eats Blue Buffalo canned food and a few Milk Bones here and there. His name is "Buddy".

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July 27, 2017

My Pom will be 10 shortly, in September, and has started drinking water in excess and wetting in the house. She has never done this before.

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June 23, 2018

I have a male 13 year old Sheltie. He is peeing in the house all the time or just dribbling. What to do?

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June 26, 2018

My 12 year old Cairn Terrier girl has been peeing on accident in our house once a day at around 9 pm at night, for about 2 nights. What should I do? Should I be worried?

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July 6, 2019

My dog was laying down inside. Mind you it's pretty warm today 80/90 inside. She has been licking herself clean and I noticed it seemed like she peed inside. She is an 11 year old Pitty so I assumed incontinence. I sent her out to go potty and she came back in and laid back down. It seemed she left another wet spot so I went to have her go back outside and she threw up. I looked in her throw up and she could have eaten something weird outside, but I can't really tell it just looks like her food.

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January 28, 2014

Our 12 year old Border Collie, a female, has started urinating on her bed and in our sun room corners. How can we prevent this?

By Frankie

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January 29, 20140 found this helpful

First this is to have her checked by a vet to make sure that this isn't a Urinary Tract Infection or a renal issue. Also make sure that she isn't in pain with arthritis, as an older dog she might be having an issue getting up and out. Basically rule out all the medical possibilities before thinking it is behavioral.

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February 3, 20140 found this helpful

Absolutely have her checked at the vets to rule out any medical problems. There are many medical issues that can cause this. If everything is OK, there are any number of things to try. Your vet can prescribe a medicaton that can stop the leaking if it is from weak bladder muscles. This is not uncommon in older female dogs. You also may need to take her outside more often. Like older people, older dogs just do not have the same ability to hold their bladder as when they were young.

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January 28, 2013

Our 12 year old dog started peeing in the house. She does not do it all of the time, only when we leave. She can go all day and night and not have an accident; once we leave she does.

By Cindy

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January 30, 20130 found this helpful

Please take your fur baby to the Veterinarian for an exam. Ask your Vet to do a urinalysis to find out if anything is going on. Your baby is probably due for his senior exam anyway. A senior exam is very important to older dogs. Your vet can tell you many things that you can do to make your baby more comfortable. Good luck

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December 17, 2014

Today I let my 10 yr old dog sit on my bed. This is the first time she has peed on my bed. What does that mean? Is it because she is 10 yrs old and is getting old and what do I do?

By Esta K.

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December 17, 20140 found this helpful

Your dog is older and may have developed a medical problem that needs immediate treatment to improve his behavior. Please take him to your vet now as the vet will be able to clarify and treat any medical problems. The vet can also suggest ways that will help you help your dog to change his unacceptable behavior.

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August 28, 2013

How can we get our elder dog to stop urinating on the floors? We have a miniature Poodle that is 21 yrs old, had cataracts, and has a leg that cannot work on any type of flooring except carpet.

By Joyce

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September 3, 20130 found this helpful

We had the same problem with our dog when he got old. We took him to the vet and found out he had diabetes so he was drinking excess amounts of water which was causing the peeing problem. So if you notice that your dog has been drinking a whole lot of water, find out if he has diabetes. If he does they can give him medicine which will stop the excess drinking which in turn will stop the peeing problem.

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May 16, 2013

We adopted a senior dog, who is also blind, in December. William is a Beagle Dachshund mix. I was told he was housebroken by the rescue. He pees in the house and we've done everything we can think of to try to stop him. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you.

By Maureen S. from Salem, NH

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February 4, 2013

My 15 year old Maltese has recently started leaving surprises "poop and pee" when left alone a few hours, and first thing in the morning. We take her outside to do her thing, but she still has the indoor accidents. We recently changed her feed to a senior brand. But she did have some accidents with the previous food, just not that often. Is this age related and how can we prevent this from continuing?
Thanks.

By Angelo

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February 6, 20131 found this helpful

Yes, of course this an be related to getting older. Please make an appointment with your fur babie's veterinarian for a senior examination. Your Vet will advice you on how to care for your baby at an older age. Please do not scold him/her for this action it is not their fault. Good luck.

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September 14, 2011

I have a 12 year old male Dachshund who will go outside and go to the bathroom and then has come back in and urinated inside. A couple times it has been big amounts, and then just small amounts other times.

By Beth

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September 15, 20110 found this helpful

The older dog that's peeing in house may be having kidney problems please have it checked out. When they start getting older, it's one first things goes on older dog. My dog never peed in the house. He got cataracts then started wetting everywhere. I called the vet. They put him sleep so would not suffer anymore. One of the worst things I've had do. Or it could be kidney infection. Hope this helps, Cookie 17

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