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Our labrador is almost 1 year. She still has issues of urinating in the house, especially right after she drinks water. I do not give her any water after 9pm and she makes it fine through the night. I have had her urine checked when she was younger - no UTI's. She was spayed at 7 months. Also, when she goes outside she pees two, three, or four times in a row -- I thought that she might outgrow this but she has not. When I have asked our vets about possible medical causes, they insist that it is behavioral. I have been a dog owner all my life and never have seen this problem, or have had such a hard time housebreaking. Our dog also seems to produce a lot of urine relative to her water intake. Would appreciate any suggestions or insights.
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My name is***** and I would like to assist with your concern tonight. I'm glad you are looking into this further because there are a few medical issues that do cause the signs you are seeing. You are right to question about a UTI. Even though she was checked for one when she was younger, I would look into this further at this time. Sampling urine and looking under the microscope is the first line when looking for a UTI but it would also be valuable (and more accurate) to have a sterile sample taken and submitted for culture. That would rule out infection 100%. Other medication conditions can cause urination signs as well, but they would be much less common in a younger dog. If the urine is normal, assessing blood work for changes in her kidneys, liver values, blood sugar and electrolytes would be the next steps.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Emily, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Behavioral issues also can occur, but they are the "diagnosis of exclusion," meaning we need to rule everything else out first.

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