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My male dog is whining and is not eating very much and there

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Customer: my male dog is whining and is not eating very much and there is water coming out of her when she walk
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
theres a female dog living next door could that be the problem .we are seeing drops of water around the house on the floor like dribbles of pee
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
he is a 2 year old german sheppard
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi jacustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.

Is he drinking more water than normal?

Dogs normally drink about a cup of water for ever 8 pounds of body weight each day.

Is he urinating more often?

Is there an odor to his urine?

You indicate that he is dribbling.

Do you know if the female next door could be in heat?

Is the liquid clear or orangish?

Is his posture normal or is he arching his back at all?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The water is clear and he is like hunched over like hes hanging his head down and when we put him out he runs over next door he never done that before there is no odor from it
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the additional information. It is helpful.

It could be two different things. One could be abnormal behavior as the result of there being a female in heat nearby. Male dogs will often stop eating or seriously reduce the amount they are eating. They will whine and want to get to the female. They will often dry hump or walk hunched and even drip a little. Sometimes they even drip a little blood. So you might want to take a walk to your neighbors to see if their female is in heat. If she is, perhaps you could keep him inside more and spray some febreeze around the doorways and windows to cut down on the odor. We can't smell it but he will be able to.

If she is not in heat, then he may have a urinary tract infection. Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection are frequent urination, dribbling urine, blood in the urine, frequent urination, strong odor to the urine, inappropriate urination and straining to urinate as well as an increase in fluid intake.

A dog with a UTI does not always show all the symptoms and typically displays 2 or 3. You have one symptom which is dribbling possible urine but I don't know if he has other symptoms. His hunched posture could also indicate abdominal pain which he might have if he has a UTI or crystals in the urine. So if she isn't in heat, I'd have him seen by your vet to look for abdominal pain possibly related to a kidney issue.

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