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Normal Potty Habits or UTI?

How often should Miley go pee? I take her out about 5am (she sleeps in her crate & wakes me). After, we go back to bed until 7am and then I take her out again, feed her and get ready for work. I take her out again after I am ready, then get my daughter ready. My husband takes Miley out one more time before we head off to work around 9am.

During the day, Miley stays in the big bathroom with her crate open. She uses pee pads pretty well. Sometimes, someone takes her out around noon, but not everyday. She pees 3 times from 9am until we get home at 6:15. Then she pees immediately when we take her out.

Things go fairly up until that point, but then they get sketchy. I try to take her out before and after dinner, then every 1.5 hrs. If I don't watch her like a hawk, she will potty multiple times, especially upstairs on the carpet, even if we have just taken her out and she has peed.

That seems like an awful lot of peeing. Then the night before last, she peed in her crate (I heard her whimpering, but was so out of it that I waited to see if she would stop. Well, she did....I guess because she peed). She woke me at 5:30 and I took her outside and she peed again.

She is still on antibiotics from our trip to the emergency vet a week ago. I thought she was doing better, but now am wondering. I made a vet appt for 1:15. Am I over-reacting? Is 10-12 times a day too often for a 13 week old puppy? Other than that, she is doing great.

Last night, I did purchase an ex pen to put her in when we can't keep our eye on her. Should we leave her in there anytime that we aren't actively playing with her? I feel bad about that, but if that is what it takes I will do it. I put a pee pad in there for her to use if she does have an accident.

Any thoughts? One other thing, she hacks a lot, especially at night, like she is trying to get something up. She also gets choked easily when I am holding her. The vet thought it might be Kennel Cough, but Miley didn't cough while we were at the vet, so that is speculation. Does that assessment sound correct?

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Odeo our 12 week old pees about 10-12 times a day. Since we use only pee-pads I'm pretty sure of that number. He is in his ex-pen with a open door crate during day and a pee pad and then when he is out we have another pee pad outside ex-pen,he is pretty consistent going to his pad. I know he pees even in the night since he is in his ex-pen and sleeps in the crate with door open. However, he drinks a 'lot' of water for a little guy (he is almost 5.5lbs now)
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I probably just spent $260 unnecessarily. The tests that they ran in house didn't show anything, but they sent off a sample for culture and sediment exam. We will see if there is anything else going on with her in a few days. The vet thought 10-12 times was a bit much, but then again, it seems that I read that it was normal for small breeds her age to go that much. I just didn't want to do nothing and end up with another emergency vet bill over the weekend. Plus, I will have peace of mind, right?

Miley didn't enjoy her exam one bit and you would have thought that they were killing her (really all they did was look in her mouth, ears and eyes. He did look at her private area quite a bit and shaved/washed her bottom so that we could get as clean of a urine catch as possible, but she was okay with that. Still she pouted the whole time, then clung to my 3 year-old daughter while the vet talked with us (of course, dd was eating that up)!

Now she is curled up next to me on the couch, sleeping. She was happy to be home again.
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You will waste money at the vet. That's what its all about. I can't tell you how many times I rushed my guys to the vet and found out it was nothing! My vet joked that they named a wing after me





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My 3 yo Hav will pee on almost anything on our walks (I let him mark) and he seemingly has an endless supply of pee. He often holds his bladder while we're home all day more than 8+hrs before asking to go out. He is well housetrained. When he got a UTI, he peed on the couch while laying down next to me and then was struggling to squat pee (vs leg lift mark pee) with only a couple drops coming out.

So, if she's not housetrained yet, she could be marking vs really needing to go pee - particularly if there's any remaining smell from the last accident. Or she's not fully emptying her bladder with her first pee outside and maybe a short walk where she has 5-10 mins to empty her bladder multiple times will help.
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You will waste money at the vet. That's what its all about. I can't tell you how many times I rushed my guys to the vet and found out it was nothing! My vet joked that they named a wing after me
Since last Summer our vet bills have been astronomical. First one of our cats was diagnosed with diabetes. Fortunately, we were able to get his blood glucose levels back to normal (after 3 months of insulin with diet changes and then weaning down on insulin until he didn't need it anymore...can't tell you how happy and proud we were that we were able to do that).

Then another one of my cats developed cystitis and spent a week at the emergency vet clinic before we had to have him put down on the operating table. He was my baby boy and my heart is missing a piece since he went to heaven. We spent nearly $4000 on him and couldn't save his life. It just plain sucked!

Then our female cat went nuts and started marking everywhere in our house, so we had tests run on her to rule out health problems and ended up having to put her on prozac when the vet couldn't find anything wrong with her. Thank goodness the peeing stopped b/c we were at our wit's end.

And finally, last but not least, Miss Miley had a UTI and we got to make another trip to the vet hospital at 2 in the morning....which is why I was so nervous about not proactively taking her back to the vet today. Sigh...


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My 3 yo Hav will pee on almost anything on our walks (I let him mark) and he seemingly has an endless supply of pee. He often holds his bladder while we're home all day more than 8+hrs before asking to go out. He is well housetrained. When he got a UTI, he peed on the couch while laying down next to me and then was struggling to squat pee (vs leg lift mark pee) with only a couple drops coming out.

So, if she's not housetrained yet, she could be marking vs really needing to go pee - particularly if there's any remaining smell from the last accident. Or she's not fully emptying her bladder with her first pee outside and maybe a short walk where she has 5-10 mins to empty her bladder multiple times will help.
I would LOVE to walk her, but it has done nothing but rain (with the exception
Of a couple of days here and there). I can't wait until Summer.
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