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Q&A: Why Is My Dog Peeing in Her Sleep? Is She Sick?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

There are several reasons your dog might be "leaking," some of them serious. Take her to your regular vet for an examination and a urinalysis.

There are several reasons your dog might be "leaking," some of them serious. Take her to your regular vet for an examination and a urinalysis.

Why Is My Dog Peeing on the Bed at Night?

"My fox terrier has been shivering off and on for a month or so. She seems to drink a lot and then leaks in the bed at night (sometimes a lot). She is only about 3 years old. Tonight she started to vomit foam. The last couple of days, her appetite has seemed off, and she's had a warm nose. I'm 75 and don't know what to do." —Terry

Reasons Your Dog Is Leaking Urine

There are several possibilities, some of them serious, so the best thing you could do is take her to your regular vet for an examination and a urinalysis.

If this were just a leaky bladder, I would say that you can take her to the vet when convenient, but since she has other signs (like vomiting), she needs to be seen as soon as possible.

Cystitis

She may have cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder with an infection, and it is possible that the infection has moved up to her kidneys and is making her vomit and affecting her appetite.

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Kidney Infection

The shivering may also be related. A kidney infection can be very serious and needs to be treated as soon as possible.

Side Effect of Spaying

If she is spayed, it is also possible that she has a leaky bladder because of the loss of hormones and the vomiting and decreased appetite have nothing to do with this.

How to Help a Dog With a Leaky Bladder

About 5% of small dogs like your Fox Terrier will have this problem as they age. (1) If this is the case and the urinalysis and bloodwork comes back normal, your vet can put her on a hormone so that she will no longer have a leaky bladder.

Source

(1) Stöcklin-Gautschi NM, Hässig M, Reichler IM, Hubler M, Arnold S. The relationship of urinary incontinence to early spaying in bitches. J Reprod Fertil Suppl. 2001;57:233-6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11787155/

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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