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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a sixpence old cockapoo, she I urinating frequently

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I have a sixpence old cockapoo, she I urinating frequently for LONG periods of time. Is this because she might be going into heat? Or should I contact my vet to check for bladder infection?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Karen, we have to differentiate if Penny is producing a higher volume of urine and so it takes longer to empty her bladder or, instead, she's stranguric (frequent attempts to urinate little or no urine). The former (polyuria) is usually associated with polydipsia (increased thirst) and can be caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI) involving her kidneys but also both hepatic and renal insufficiencies, pyometra (infected uterus if she's unspayed/rare at 6 months of age), hypercalcemia (increased serum calcium level), electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chloride) imbalances, and the rarer Addison's disease, diabetes insipidus, and psychogenic polydipsia. Stranguria is most often caused by a UTI involving her bladder and urethra.Yes, Penny's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam, complete urinalysis, and blood chemistries if the uinalysis is normal. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.