Hello and thanks for researching this very important question!
There are a few things you'll want to investigate with your veterinarian before deciding that this is a stress reaction to the new pets (most dogs become competitive over Stool
when their pack size increases!).
Urine can smell and taste "good" to a dog if there is either excess protein
or excess sugar
in it. Older dogs can develop both kidney disease
, and other health conditions that cause the composition of the urine to change.
Your vet can test a sample of your Dear Pet's urine and quickly let you know if blood tests are needed to more clearly diagnose a health problem that should be treated right away.
Older dogs do develop what we now have come to know as a kind of dog senility called "Canine Cognitive Dysfunction".
Symptoms include loss of attention to familiar people, failure to concentrate, difficulty with holding urine or stool (including voiding in the wrong places and/or not alerting you to their need to go outside), and other strange behaviors such as standing in a corner all day, going to the food dish and not eating, inappropriate aggression, or getting "lost" in familiar surroundings.
This condition seems to be caused by a decrease in a brain hormone and can be treated by giving a medication called L-deprenyl (the brand name Anipryl is quite expensive, but the human generic "selegiline" is very affordable).
Most cases of CDS result in multiple behavioral symptoms, since the entire brain is susceptible to the low hormone level.
Here is some additional information that you can use in a talk with your veterinarian:
***I do recommend that you go forward with at least a urine screen just to make sure we're not missing anything.***
In the meantime, do supervise her carefully outdoors and practice a distracting technique to draw her away from her urine after she "goes". Squeaky toy, whistle, food treat, etc..
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