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    Default Ahh!! Beethoven!!

    Kit is a really good dog and is generally really well behaved. She is 7 months old right now and we have trusted her to be free in the house and she does great! Her only issue is she has a weird water obsession and found her drinking out of the toilet. Ok. You are probably wondering why the title Beethoven. I suppose it could be any misbehaving movie dog but I always remember my childhood movie dog, who was Beethoven. Well we decided she was doing SO WELL she should have all the water she wants and a new liver treat. BIG MISTAKE!!

    I was sitting on the sofa reading the evening news on my iPad and boom she pees all over the newly washed white sofa. I mean this was the largest puddle I've ever seen any dog release. The cushion is completely soaked and there is a lake next to the sofa. Then she freaks out and heads to the door and have a massive diarrhea on the new carpet. To make things worse she freaked out and started running around the house while having the diarrhea. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Well at least she didn't roll in it. I said to my husband that at least she makes our lives very interesting with lots of great memories.

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    Oy, sounds like something was very wrong for her to have lost control of both #1 & 2! Poor baby

    edit to add: good thing mom has every vacuum possibly needed to clean this mess up!

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    I had hoped to get an appointment if I called early (8am when they opened) but no such luck. Everyone is slammed and o have to wait until until the weekday.

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    Haha I am the vacuum collector. Good answer.
    It is 11:52 pm and I am in bed ready for sleep. What do I hear before sleep. Water dripping in by the bedroom door. Yep she peed by the bedroom door. Our house is like a water park.

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    This doesn't sound like house training issue, she may quite possibly have an UTI.

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    Thank you guys so much! Kits urinalysis came back negative. I think she might be going through a crazy phase. This morning she was running around pawing me to get me to play. Then she started digging in her bed and flying around the sofa. I think the teenage years is happening. It does not appear to be a physiological issue. Should we continue to regulate her water?

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    It happens...

    Hopefully, the vet will be able to get you in early next week! Sending good energy that there are no more major Beethoven moments until then!
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    This is why nature makes them cute.

    Sebastian didn't stop having "accidents" until well after his first birthday, so I do feel your pain. The quotation marks are because he and I both knew darn well at the time that every mess he made inside was fully intentional.

    He also came with me to work every day and had a very sensitive stomach. The office secretary brought in a bag of beggin' strips and gave him one, and to say that the resulting diarrhea was explosive diarrhea was explosive is probably an understatement. It was on the ceiling. I cried.

    With all of that being said, I will say that the only times Sebastian EVER had accidents in front of me, it was because he was trying to tell me something. In my case, we were lucky, and he had a UTI. This seems to be highly unusual behavior for Kit, so I think it might be a good idea to take her in to the vet out of an abundance of caution.

    Also, start taking note of how much she is drinking. Is it an unusual amount? Is she draining the entire toilet bowl in one sitting? Is she drinking significantly more water than Lucky?
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    If it were me, I would talk to her breeder and see if Kit's "drinking problem" is a familial trait, and if restricting her water is something that is okay. I was told by Sebastian's rescue NOT to restrict his water, but that's because he's part Saint Bernard. It could be that the water intake requirements are different for a Maremma.

    When I was going through this with Sebastian, his first urinalysis came back negative. If Kit is still having issues in a few weeks, I would not hesitate to take her back for repeat testing.

    Hopefully, it won't come to that!
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    We had this exact issue when we first brought her home at 8 weeks. She would just drink water nonstop and our trainer suspected that she had an UTI. We brought her to the vet and collected her urine. I will forever have funny memories of chasing her around outside the vet's office with a ladle. Anyhow, the results came back negative. But she continued having the same issues so I brought her back to the vet again. As a precaution, the vet gave us some antibiotics because he suspected vaginal infection. We also started regulating her water by giving it to her at set times. The problem went away. We never gave her free range of water but I felt bad so we started doing it now.

    I took her to the groomers about a month ago and she mentioned that I had clipped her pee guide fur. I didn't realize female dogs had this. I had done it because it looked like a mess so I didn't want bacteria to collect to prevent a UTI. I am now wondering if this is the source of the problem. Without the peeing guide, the urine is spraying all over her fur, which causes her to collect bacteria resulting in chornic UTI? My husband thinks it isn't another UTI but it is a behavioral problem. Now I want to take her to the vet but he thinks we should regulate her water again. Should I go to the vet? Do you think she has a kidney or bladder issue? I had been reading up on this before and some dogs have poorly formed ducts for proper bladder control. Am I starting to sound like a hypocondriac who reads too much crap from the internet? I did see this article from Dr. Karen Becker a while ago.

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