We have been having problems with Swingle since the autumn, with her needing to go out and pee in the night. We went to the vets and on his advice, changed her food to the evening and that worked for a while. Then we tried her on dried food. Then I went back to work and the broken nights letting her out had me completely knackered. I tried doggy help forums.
Then we had the trip to the UK, and on the way, where her water was so restricted,and we were in hotels, she was fine. But in people’s homes she was back up to her old tricks. Embarrassing. On our return, she was fairly ok, then I went on my course. When I got back, Dave had changed her meat and we were back to square one. I even tried restricting her water from about 4 p.m- I know now that’s a big no, no…Dave is still convinced its a learnt behaviour, but if she doesn’t need to go out she doesn’t.
So we finally went back to the vets. He gave her a course of antibiotics and for one night, she came and slept with us, didn’t go out. Then back to 3 a.m jaunts. The vet did a test in her wee. Negative. He reckons she is developing a bladder weakness, although she isn’t leaking! I see it as a over active weakness. Today I got some incontinence medicine for her. It seems such a shame in such a young dog. But she did have her operation early. She’s well, fit and next week, Bella is coming to stay. All this will finally sort it out I hope.