November 21, 2010,
H.L. asks from Mount Vernon, KY on September 24, 2009
Why Is My Dog Suddenly Peeing Everywhere?
I have had my dog, a small pomeranian, for 5 1/2 years now. He is housbroken and never messes in the house. I am 7 1/2 months pregnant with my first child and my dog has suddenly started peeing everywhere. He even peed in the bed the other night, which he has NEVER done, not even before he was housbroken. My husband bought him for me when we were just dating. He is super spoiled and treated like a human most of the time. Has anyone else had a problem with a spoiled pet suddenly messing in the house once the owner became pregnant or is it likely that he has something medically wrong with him? I did take him to the vet about a month ago. There, they done a culture of his urine and said that everything was fine. I was thinking that maybe i need to find a different vet to take him to but wanted to know if anyone else has had or has heard of anyone having the same problem.
I think I need to make something a little more clear, also. My dog is spoiled in the way of getting pet on all the time, going places with us when we're not going to be getting out of the vehicle, (like to my parents or to town and back), he gets rewarded with treats all the time, etc. He does not sleep in the bed with us, does not eat table food, etc. He knows when he's peed in the floor because when we find it, he gets scolded and when he gets scolded, he tucks his tail and lays his ears back. He knows that he's doing something wrong and he always minds what he is told, (ex: when he jumps on the couch and we tell him to get down he does). Also, I have a 2 year old nephew and 3 small cousins all under the age of 5. He has never once snapped at one of them for being to rough or for petting him. He is a very gently dog and is never snappy or hateful with ANYONE, which is unusual for such a small dog. He only weighs a little over 5 lbs.
A.T. answers from Wilmington on September 25, 2009
My cat did this and he had crystals in his urine. The vet gave him meds as well as changing the food. He is now on $17 a bag food! I would definately take the dog to the vet- either the same one or a new one. There may also be a some jealousy if the dog can sense you are pregnant. If she is spoiled, have you not been spoiling her? If your behavior towards her has changed, that would be a signal to the dog as well. I would definately mention all this behavior "stuff" to the vet being tied into your pregnancy. Just remember, some vets are better than others just like in any profession. So get a second opinion if necessary.
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J.P. answers from Memphis on September 24, 2009
does the puppy have a urine infection? i'd take him to the vet.
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D.B. answers from Charlotte on September 25, 2009
I had a pom many years ago, from the time he was 4 months old to when he died of cancer at 11 years. He was my first baby and I loved him! My children dearly loved him too.
That being said, I want to gently tell you here that part of the problem is what you have said in your request, that you treat him like a human and that he's super spoiled. I think it was a really rude thing for Teresa to say you've created a monster - there are nicer ways to point out the problem of treating a dog like a person, and everyone on this site needs to talk nice - but essentially, she is correct in that you need to treat him like a dog. Dog behavior is all tied up into where they stand in their pack. Dogs are pack animals, and your entire family is the pack. In a human family with a dog as a pet, the dog MUST be at the bottom of the ladder - even the children must be over the dog. It is your job to establish this. A human family should NEVER allow the dog to be alpha - that's the people's job.
First of all, do yourself a big favor and talk to a dog trainer, hopefully someone who has worked with poms. Ask around and find someone with good references. Buy a diaper harness for your dog at PetSmart and use your own maxipads in the harness - that's so much cheaper than buying what they sell. This will help you save your carpets while you figure out how to train him. If you don't have a crate, buy one and put him in it rather than letting him have the run of the house. Establish real parameters - think about what is going to be important when the baby comes. If you don't want him jumping on the furniture where the baby will be, you have to establish that now. Your trainer will help you figure out how best to accomplish that.
Before my first baby was born, my pom slept with me. I knew we couldn't have that after the baby came, so we had to nix that. Do that now - you don't want him to associate the baby with your throwing him out of the bed. At the hospital, they gave me a few caps and blankets for the baby - I sent home one of each that the baby had worn with my husband before I left the hospital so that the dog could smell the baby on them. As soon as I arrived home, we let the dog come up on my lap with the baby and my husband at my side, allowing him to sniff the baby. We talked very sweetly to the dog, sharing this important event with him.
This part is important, H.. Unlike another child you would want to spend time with while the baby was asleep, ONLY pay attention to the dog when the baby is awake. Talk to him and pet him and invite him to pay attention to the baby, and when the baby goes down for a nap, ignore the dog. It's hard for a few weeks when the baby sleeps so much, but it's really important for him to associate the baby being with you as when he gets loving from you. That way he looks forward to the baby being awake. If your trainer has had children him or herself, he or she should understand the importance of this. My dog responded well to this.
Later when my kids got a little bigger, my pom was so funny - he wanted to do everything they did. He wanted to ride in the baby carriage and slide down the playground slide. We handled this by allowing it; he realized he really didn't like either (can you imagine my husband taking a dog down a kid's slide! LOL!) and he didn't want to do it anymore. Allowing him to try meant that his competitiveness didn't morph into jealousy.
The last thing I'd like to say is that you must never leave the dog in the room alone with your child. Every dog expert will tell you this. Children are unpredictable and poms are little dogs with small bones. They are afraid of getting hurt and they will use their teeth. Dogs are also unpredictable - sometimes we just don't know why they do what they do. You must always let your dog know that any inapporpriate behavior with your child, nipping, baring teeth, growling, etc., is wrong. Your trainer will help you know the best way to do this. I never had that problem with my dog, but it does happen. You must be vigilant because poms are not generally known to be good with children.
All my best to you in having a positive outcome in how you manage the change in a family with the dog as a "child" to the dog dethoned by a real baby, and relegated to being a real dog. It is a necessary thing to do, H., for the harmony of the family and the safety of your child. Though hard right now for you to see the logic of this, your dog will actually appreciate it eventually, I promise you.
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K.S. answers from Raleigh on September 25, 2009
Sounds like he has a urinary problem, get him to the vet.
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S.L. answers from Memphis on September 25, 2009
Our Shih-tzu did that at one time and she ended up having a pretty bad urinary tract infection. I know you said you checked that already but it may have gotten worse over time and be worth checking for again.
They say that one sign of a UTI is strong smelling, concentrated urine and they can't control when they urinate as much (or they have to urinate often).
If that doesn't work, then your dgo could be marking territory?? and you could look into behavioral discipline?? Or call the "Dog Wisperer". :)
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L.H. answers from Johnson City on September 25, 2009
The dog I had when I was pregnant didn't pee in the house while I was pregnant... only when he was mad at me. He had been sick once and the vet put him on this yucky easy to digest can dog food. He hated it and would bring big chunks of it and lay it all through our house to show me he didn't like it. I'd say your dog is jealous and they know when a kid is coming. I believe our dog communicated with my daughter before she was born because he would lay his ear to my stomach all the time and when she was born he was super protective of her.
A.C. answers from Raleigh on September 24, 2009
Our cat did this kind of the thing when I was pregnant with our first child. She suddenly became very hateful to my husband, hissing and spitting at him. She also peed in his clean laundry. None of this was her normal behavior. She got over it and adjusted well to the baby. Good luck. I am sure this doesn't actually help, but I guess this kind of thing does happen with pets and new babies.
S.T. answers from Nashville on September 25, 2009
it does sound like he is acting out. Jealousy is very strong in pets. But, it could be a bladder or kidney issue. There is a natural Bladder Support pill you can get. Naturvet makes a great, all natural one. More likely, though, it is acting out, and you will have to deal with it and hope it passes. Good luck and God Bless!