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Hello all!!

I am writing out of desperation and exhaustion!
The past 4-5 nights Tillie has been whining and banging on her crate to go out in the middle of the night 2-3 times per night. When she goes out she DOES go potty, sometimes diarrea.... She has always gone 10-12 hours at night and now she is up every 3-4 hrs. We aren't sure what to do.
My husband is NOT happy as he is up late for work and 1/2 the time I don't hear Tillie so he has to take care of her and he has HAD it. He is SO exhausted. I have to figure out how to solve this and SOON.
She hasn't had ANY bowel movements at all during the daytime since this started ... is it possible her schedule has just gotten screwed up somehow?? And if so, HOW do I get her back on track?
Could it be a virus, or a bacteria? Should I take a stool sample to the vet?

Tonight I am going to feed her 2 hrs earlier and take up her water around 7pm to see if that makes any difference... my next step I guess would be to contact Sabine to see if thier is any thing I can do diet wise that might help.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-08-2012, 10:09 AM
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Tammy, I would take her to the Vet. If you can get an urine and stool sample, it would be great. The same thing happened to Ache (just pee ) and she had a strong urinary tract infection. I think this is the first step, to check that out. Let us know. Good luck.


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If she's had diarrhea some of the time there is obviously something causing her digestive problems. I would take a stool sample to the vet just to rule out any problem other than a reaction to some food.

I understand your husband's frustration at being awakened night after night, but it's just like with our children, they sometimes have problems and we have to deal with them. I wonder if some of the issues might be related to your having been so sick and her routine changing. Try not to get too stressed about this. It can't be good for your health.

My dogs started clamoring to go out about 2 or 2:30 in the morning for awhile. I wanted to kill them. My nights were disturbed for weeks. I then realized that my routine had changed and I was going to bed later, thus changing their whole routine.

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Tammy, I would take her to the Vet. If you can get an urine and stool sample, it would be great. The same thing happened to Ache (just pee ) and she had a strong urinary tract infection. I think this is the first step, to check that out. Let us know. Good luck.
How in the HECK do you get a urine sample!?? LOL

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Tammy- when I have to get a urine sample, I tape a ziplog baggie to a long stick. Tape two toothpicks to hold the ziplock open so it doesn't want to colapse and close while she is peeing. (sometimes I stick the toothpicks in the part of the baggie above the zipper part).
Then, first thing in the morning when you let her out to potty, put her on a leash and follow her around ), as soon as she squats, quickly hold the ziplock under her. that way, you just have to remove the toothpicks (and the stick!) and you dont touch the urine.
My vet has also suggested using a laddle- but I think the handle is too short!


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How in the HECK do you get a urine sample!?? LOL
Ache uses the Ugodog so it's easy. There you have Katie's idea. I hope you can do it.


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When she squats to pee, just slip a pie pan underneath her. We used to do that all the time when I worked at the Vet. We were probably 95% successful. I hope things turn around soon and she is back to her old wonderful self.

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thanks for all the advice! I can always count on ya'll!!

I have several stool samples ready to go. The vet said I can just bring them in and we'll see what they show, results will be back in the morning. I'm actually hoping it is something simple and can be found quickly. Otherwise it may be her food, which I already homecook very simply and am not sure how Sabine could adjust her diet even more...?
The more I think about it, the more I think she picked something up at that HORRIBLE puppy class we went to a few weeks ago. The day after she had horrid diarhea all day and I just thought it was too many treats/stress from the class that caused it, but it has never gone completely away since then...?
I'll keep you posted!!

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I think your instincts are right on Tammy . . .especially if that's when the runny stools began. Keep us posted and I hope Tillie's all better soon and you get some sleep




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It's possible she picked something up on your walk Sunday or the puppy class. You never know. It could also be stress/change of routine. That seems to do it to Lizzie. Good thing you are taking the samples in. Hopefully it is something simple. Keep us posted.

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