Recently, I have noticed that my dog will walk along urinating. It seems to me that he is not really even aware that it is happening, because he just keeps walking as though it was not. It could be I am taking this wrong but it has just started in the last year. He is always a very clean dog in the haouse & this has happened now twice in the house, usually it is outside when it happens. He does not exibit any other symptoms that I have noticed but he is very old for a dog of 90 lbs. His energy & movements are otherwise normal. I thank you in advance for your help.
Dr. Marie replied:
Is Nugget neutered? If not, it's possible that he has a problem with his prostate. If the prostate is enlarged it can cause a dog to have problems getting urine out. Then, when a dog walks around with a full bladder small amounts can leak out.
Some prostate problems can be cured by having the dog neutered. Others need antibiotics. And some can be serious tumors.
There are a number of other possibilities including bladder stones, bladder cancer, a urinary tract infection and more.
Is he drinking more water than usual? There are a number of things that can cause a dog to drink more and as a result have a full bladder.
No matter what it is though, it sounds like Nugget needs to see a vet right away.
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