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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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Experience:  Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 18+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
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I have a 8 yr old lab that keeps me up at night, he is

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I have a 8 yr old lab that keeps me up at night, he is peeing a lot more at night Lately, he drinks water a little more at night but after giving water and taking him out a few night during the night he still wouldn't rest like he use to now he stand my the bedroom door or sits up in bed whining and whimpering
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Guinness ....This morning his pee was very light in color
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Guinness?
Customer: No... no medication no medical problems
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 7 months 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.

Would you say he is drinking more than normal for the whole day?

Is he having any accidents in the house?

Is he asking to go out and then not eliminating?

Or asking to come in and then wanting right back out?

Are you finding him in any out of the way places for no reason?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
especially at night he's asking for more waterNo accidents around the houseNo He pees every time he goes outAfter coming back and he'll want to go back out a few minutes afterNo I'm not finding him in any weird places
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 7 months ago.

Thanks for the additional information. It is helpful.

It sounds like your dog has a urinary tract infection. Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection are frequent urination, dribbling urine, blood in the urine, squatting frequently to urinate, strong odor to the urine, inappropriate urination and straining to urinate as well as an increase in fluid intake. Often the urine will be pale due to the amount of fluids being drank.

A dog with a UTI does not always show all the symptoms and typically displays 2 or 3. I believe you need to have your Vet check your dog out so it can get medication for the problem if your dog is displaying 2 or more of the above symptoms..

Other causes for increased thirst and frequent urination include kidney failure, diabetes mellitus, cushing, and liver disease to name a few. You can read about this here:

I asked some of those other questions because some dogs experience something like Alzheimers in humans called Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) and has been seen in dogs younger than your dog. There is a wonderful site that explains it well and also explains how to document your dog's behavior and discuss it with your vet. The good news is that there is a drug called L-Selegeline (Anipryl (R)) which has been recently approved for use in the clinical indication of cognitive dysfunction (CDS) in dogs. Read this site for other drug choices.

Please see this site for more information and other causes that may exhibit the same symptoms.

Since he isn't displaying more signs of CDS it isn't as likely as a UTI. He is displaying multiple symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Given his age, I would go ahead and have a senior check up done including an urinalysis and bloodwork to check organ function.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
How do I treat his uti? Does petsmart or petco or any retailer sell a vitamin or medicine .... I know Walmart sells AZO urinary tract health
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 7 months ago.

Generally UTI's are treated with prescriptions from your vet. Two commonly used antibiotics are cephalexin (Keflex) and Enrofloxacin (Baytril.

You can read about Keflex and dosages here:

You can read about Baytril and dosages here:

This site discusses UTI’s and various medications used for treatments.

You should have your dog seen by a Vet for any UTI and should not administer any prescription medication without notifying your vet first.

There are holistic approaches to treatment that are discussed on the following sites.

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 7 months ago.

Hi Again,

I just thought I'd check in to see how things are going for you and your dog. Let me know if my answer was helpful.

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