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Frequent Dog Urination, Leakage, Increased Water Consumption

by Ashlee Ruthig

In the last week or two, my mother's male collie has been leaking urine on his bed both at night and while laying in it during the day. I would say that it is a 3-4" diameter spot where he leaks on his bed.

He is about 7 years old and has not been neutered.

When we let him outside to go to the bathroom we have been watching him, and he seems to urinate little bits several times. Today, I noticed that he was drinking more water than I normally see him drink.

He is eating, and acting as he normally does, except for the way he is urinating outside. Also we have been trying to let him out at least every hour during the day.

Today when he walked up to me to say hello, I noticed that he had left a small trail of urine dribble marks on the floor.

His ears are not hot. He has been licking his penis more so than normal.

I have a female black lab who is spayed. When I come to see my mother I bring her with me. They get along well and I've never seen him try to breed with her, but I thought I might need to mention this.

He has also never been bred to another female, at least not in the last 5 years my mother has owned him. My mother thinks he might have urges to breed with my dog. But he has never had a urination problem like this before. I have been bringing my female black lab over for a year and half, and this hasn't happened until now.

I was worried that he might be having kidney trouble or possibly a urinary tract infection. I talked to my mom a few minutes ago and she stated that he was drinking water and when he walked away from the dish he had started to dribble urine on the floor again.

I hope that I have been specific enough. I can't think of any changes to his surroundings/ environment, diet or routine that might also affect his condition.

Thank You, Ashlee Ruthig

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Apr 07, 2011
My Online Vet Response for Frequent Dog Urination, Leakage, Increased Water Consumption
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Ashlee,
You are correct in thinking your mom's male Collie may have a kidney or urinary tract problem.

As an intact male, I would ALSO be concerned about an enlarged prostate gland. Since the prostate is located at the neck of the bladder, it is closely associated with the urethral sphincter area. If the prostate is abnormal it will make it harder for a male dog to 'hold' his urine. And of course, make it easier for bacteria, etc. to go 'backwards' up into the bladder.

Neutered male dogs are not as susceptible to enlarged prostates, since their level of testosterone is lower.

I would also want to make sure he does not have dog diabetes, which also causes increased thirst and urination and makes a dog (male or female) more susceptible to bladder infections.

Have your mom take him to a veterinarian for a blood test and a urinalysis and a possible x-ray to see if the prostate is enlarged. You (or she) may want to seek the help of a holistic veterinarian for a more 'natural' treatment plan, depending on the diagnosis.

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- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Urination Problems Section

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