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It sounds like Bently may have a UTI. Has he had an exam and urinalysis since the symptoms started?
Excellent. The best approach here given his age and symptoms would be to start with, at very least, a urinalysis to check for a urinary tract infection. It's very common for us to see dogs having accidents inside with UTI's. Try to ensure that your companion has a decently sized bladder (don't take him to pee just before coming into the clinic) when presented for his exam or catch some urine before going to the appointment, if possible. For many dogs you can easily slip a shallow dish or Tupperware lid under their body while they are going. You only need a few tablespoons worth.Based on what they find on the urinalysis will determine treatment. Often a course of antibiotics and sometimes even a life-long diet change are needed.
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