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Housetraining: The Link Between Medications & Your Dog's House-Wetting Accidents
Some medications cause a dog to drink more and thus produce such copious amounts of urine that the dog can't wait as long between outdoor breaks or leaks while relaxed. If wetting accidents occur shortly after a dog starts a new medicine, double-check with your veterinarian to see if increased thirst or urination are side effects.
Warning: Don't abruptly halt the use of a medication without first consulting your dog's veterinarian. Abrupt cessation could be dangerous.
The most commonly used medications that cause these side effects include:
1) Cortisone-type Medications
This includes prednisone. Veterinarians routinely use cortisones for their anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory effects in a wide variety of conditions. Injectable, oral and topical cortisones such as ear medications or eye drops can cause increased thirst and urination.
This is the most commonly used anti-seizure medication in veterinary medicine. Side effects may be either temporary or permanent. There has been almost a 90% decrease in urination problems once this medication was stopped. But if your dog must have it to stop seizures then the house-wetting is just something you will have to live with.
3) Thyroid Supplements
If a dog receives more thyroid replacement than needed (their requirements may actually change over time), the dog may experience increased thirst and urination, as well as other side effects, such as GI upset (gastrointestinal), vomiting and/or diarrhea, hyperactivity, restlessness, or weight loss.
How To Take The Correct Steps
Obtaining the accurate diagnosis is an important factor for a successful outcome, regardless of the reason for your dog's soiling in the house. Treatment and prognosis depend, of course, upon the cause of inappropriate elimination and how severely affected the dog is. Sometimes, finding and addressing the cause is pretty simple and straightforward; other times, it can be challenging and take some time.
The bottom line: If your puppy's housetraining isn't going as it should or your adult dog has begun having repeat accidents, before you begin remedial housetraining, check with your veterinarian to make sure there is nothing medically wrong with your pooch.
What will your dog's veterinarian look for if you come to him or her with a housetraining complaint? A thorough examination and history and checking of a fecal sample. With a young dog, your veterinarian might not do blood work or urinalysis right away unless there are other abnormal signs.
BONUS : Housetraining Myths: Separate Fact From Fiction When Housetraining Your Dog (1)
Can there actually be too much information available today for the average dog owner to have at their fingertips? Just taking a few minutes to Google Housetraining Dogs I not only found millions of articles, but unfortunately, I also spotted thousands of myths still being published about the subject.
Check out the following popular claims about housetraining your dog and find out whether they are actually true or not:
1) If Your Dog Rolls Over On Her Back & Squirts Pee Then She Needs Housetraining
This is false. A dog that pees while she's on her back doesn't have housetraining issues. Instead, she's extremely polite and/or a little bit scared. This type of behavior is called submissive urination and it occurs when a dog is showing respect or deference to another dog or person.
If your dog greets you in this manner, adjust your body language to be a little less intimidating: Ignore her for a minute or two when you first come home, don't look directly at her and crouch down on the floor so that you're at her level when you touch her.
2) Club Soda Is Great For Cleaning Up Your Dog's Bathroom Accidents
This is also false. Club soda may get rid of the stain from a little puddle or pile, but it won't get rid of the odor. Unless you remove the odor with an enzymatic cleaner designed especially for this task, your dog almost certainly will return to the scene of her crime and perform an encore.
Don't use ammonia either. To your dog it will smell like urine, which is an open invitation for him to come back to the spot he anointed before and do it again.
3) It's Better To Buy An Adult-Sized Crate For Your Puppy
Not true. A crate that is too big will encourage your puppy to sleep at one end and eliminate in the other. Still, buying a crate for each state of your puppy's growth can be expensive. To save money and prevent in-crate accidents, choose an adult-sized metal crate that comes with a divider. The divider will keep your puppy from using the entire crate and can be adjusted as she grows.
4) If Your Puppy Has An Accident, Your Best Action Is To Clean It Up & NOT Scold Her
TRUE! Scolding or punishing your puppy won't help her learn the bathroom basics. That's because she won't remember that she's the cause of the little puddle or pile that's got you so upset. Clean it up without comment, and promise yourself that you'll keep a closer eye on your dog.