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My dogs urine has a very, very strong odor. He has had it

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My dog's urine has a very, very strong odor. He has had it since was a puppy and is now 3 years old. My father, who recently moved in with me said that it is not normal and the smell bothers him. My dog seems to urinate on his leg some, which I think causes the problem. My house smells because I think he has been marking around the house. My father brought a chihuahua when he moved in. Is there any problem with my dog or solution to eliminate the smell. Thank you Bob
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

The most common reason for the odor is the common Urinary Tract Infection - LINK HERE

To help identify a cause, aside from a good physical examination, evaluation of the urine (urinalysis
LINK HERE and possible urine culture LINK HERE) are common first tests.

Unless the examination would indicate this is unsafe, to prevent contamination - a free catch, voided sample is not recommended. Rather, your veterinarian will attempt either a urinary catheter sterile sample or cystocentesis (
LINK HERE) to collect a urine sample for evaluation.

If the urine evaluation is negative, and there is no other illness, a very concentrated urine can cause an odor and encouraging water intake is reasonable, but first important to rule out a UTI.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Is this possible even if he's had it since a puppy?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Intermittently - yes.

Crystals would be another cause, but before starting therapy - important causes must be ruled out.
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