New puppy, suddenly peeing a lot.

Hi, we got a new puppy, she's 4 months old now. She always peed 4 maybe 5 times a day, somethimes in house, sometimes outside when we can't take her out in the right times. Today we noticed she started peeing A LOT apparently with no reason. She went 5 times in a couple of hours. She doesn't have any other symptoms. She has appetite, actually she's always been very voraciuos with food.

She is also been testet for Fanconi and she's clear. Can Fanconi "appear"? Should we test her again?

Thank you everybody and sorry for my english.

If it's indeed a medical issue most likely a urinary tract infection but it could be other things. You'll need to take her to a vet or animal hospital to get her checked out and to rule things out.

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4 or 5 times in a day is nothing for a 4 month old puppy. I have a 17 week old, and though he is completely clean and bangs on the door when he needs to 'go' - he still doesn't hold it like he will when he is older.

5 times in an hour would seem excessive. Definitely get her checked by a vet for some kind of urinary infection.

Before you try and figure out what is the trigger... you need to make sure there is no health issue, it is not unusual for a baby puppy to get a UTI which has already been noted here... get that done first. Fanconi for a 4 month old will NOT happen... and if she was tested even more so will NOT be Fanconi. If tested clear via the DNA test or by her parents, she will never get Fanconi.

And you can take a urine sample to your vet, doesn't have to be a Vet visit

Thank you so much for your answers! I’m reassured. I’ll see tomorrow if this pattern continue and we’ll check if it’s an infection.

@fjd89 - Just to make sure you should take a sample to your Vet to check... regardless... make sure it is a fresh sample... good luck

@tanza said in New puppy, suddenly peeing a lot.:

Fanconi for a 4 month old will NOT happen...

If (through breeding) Fanconi was possible, what would be the right age for reliable test results?

@elbrant Fanconi is late onset... so typically 3 to 5yrs or older, certainly not a 4 month old... early that I have ever heard of in 30+ years is one that was 2yrs and as late as 10 to 12 yrs. Reliable DNA tests are from birth as long as you get a good cheek swab... so typically breeders test at 6 to 8 wks... and they are totally reliable... This would be IMO a UTI or if this was a real early spay there could have be issues...

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@tanza said in New puppy, suddenly peeing a lot.:

if this was a real early spay there could have be issues...

Tanza has a good point here - and early spay can cause these sort of issues. And not just in puppyhood but for life. Let's hope that is not the case here !

@tanza said in New puppy, suddenly peeing a lot.:

@fjd89 - Just to make sure you should take a sample to your Vet to check... regardless... make sure it is a fresh sample... good luck

In my experience the vet/hospital will take the sample. Probably better collection with less chance of contamination. In this case with urination so frequent it may be somewhat challenging to get.

Even in puppies vets will usually think "Fanconi" with a Basenji. It's just availability bias -- that Basenjis get Fanconi is one of the few things they know about the breed. ☹

@donc - Reason that if your Vet doesn't know about Fanconi, you take them the write up... found on www.basenji.org... not that all will read it, but at least you are giving them the details. And yes better collection is by the Vet, but for now with the issues going on, at least a collection by owners is better than nothing... buy a small container, wash and dry and use that. Try to collect and if you can't take to the Vet immediately, put in the frig till you can...

@donc - and another thing, since we have DNA testing for Fanconi and the pup was tested or that the parents were tested, another reason to educate the Vet...

@donc said in New puppy, suddenly peeing a lot.:

In my experience the vet/hospital will take the sample

Over here the vet will give you a sterile container and ask you to catch the first, earliest pee of the morning. Relatively easy with a boy, less so with a girl. And you need to take care so they don't immediately cease the flow !

Few vets are trained in 'Basenji' - which is why we always handed copious notes to new puppy-people with a request they start training their vet before anything serious occurred. We have 3 South African vets at the Practise I use (and one Brit) - they will all go away and google or read up on anything I ask them to. So, after many years of my training (!) I am confident that at need they will rise to the occasion.

btw, tanza, I was always lead to believe that refrigeration degraded the sample, but I could be wrong ?

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That is what I have been told also, if you are not going to be able to take to the vet right away, refrigeration.

@tanza said in New puppy, suddenly peeing a lot.:

That is what I have been told also, if you are not going to be able to take to the vet right away, refrigeration.

But our vets say refrigeration degrades the sample. i.e. spoils it, renders it less viable, tanza. So not advised.

Early morning pee and drop the same straight in to the Vet's office.

Someone once suggested, if difficult to get enough, one could collect, refrigerate, collect more, add it, back to the fridge. Until enough was obtained. But it would be useless indeed, constant change of temperature. . .

@zande - Just going by all the Vets I have used over the years. Yes, best to take it in immediately however if you (like me) are collecting first morning pee, Vets are not open at 6am.... LOL. I fully agree however with your last statement about adding to the sample. And also on that note, you don't need much, I never found that I couldn't get enough. But on the other had, if possible, the best is to have the Vet do the collections.

@zande said in New puppy, suddenly peeing a lot.:

@donc said in New puppy, suddenly peeing a lot.:

In my experience the vet/hospital will take the sample

Over here the vet will give you a sterile container and ask you to catch the first, earliest pee of the morning. Relatively easy with a boy, less so with a girl. And you need to take care so they don't immediately cease the flow !

Here that's the procedure for a standard urine sample -- a midstream catch. And yes, boys in this case are easier than girls. However, in my experience if they're looking for a UTI in a puppy they want to use cystocentesis to retrieve the sample. I know that involves putting a needle through the bladder wall, but I've never witnessed the procedure. Might be different with an adult as opposed to a puppy because of the difference in volume, but the sample obtained through cystocentesis will be more reliable so perhaps not. Personally if I want to rule things out or in I greatly prefer the most sensitive and specific test. If there is a history then I might go with the easier to do test, but initially I wouldn't want to go in this direction. (No doubt the procedure is not fun, but I'm thinking puppies are more resilient and forget unpleasantness more easily. Better once and done that having less certainty and having to go down a bunny trail or two).

A colder environment always slows a chemical process, so I'd think refrigeration would be better than room temperature. But that's for a standard urine sample. Might be different if they were specifically looking for a UTI or similar. For whatever reason dogs seem to want to pee as soon as they get out of the car at the vet's, so there is that.

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@donc said in New puppy, suddenly peeing a lot.:

For whatever reason dogs seem to want to pee as soon as they get out of the car at the vet's, so there is that.

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