My 10 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback has all of a sudden started peeing in the house. She has been house trained her whole life so we know it's not training problems. Basically, She drinks some and goes to lie down. Five minutes later there is a little puddle in her dog bed or on the carpet. She doesn't even get up to pee. It's kind of like she doesn't know she's peeing. Then, after peeing she gets right back up and goes to drink. This process happens mainly at night and can happen almost every couple minutes. It came on quickly; one day she was fine and the next she was constantly peeing. Could this be a UTI or a brain tumor? Maybe diabetes?
We have already taken her into the vet and had blood tests done. Apparently nothing was wrong, but the vet put her on antibiotics.
She needs a vet - drinking a lot of water is a sign of kidney or renal failure.
Excessive thirst/urination in an older dog lead me to two common diseases affecting geriatric pets - kidney disease and diabetes; while another problem could be present, these definitely should be evaluated.
Schedule an appointment tomorrow (or at least this week) with your veterinarian. He/she can have bloodwork done to evaluate her internal organ function, as well as her glucose levels to diagnose/rule out metabolic disease.
She NEEEEDSSSSSS a vet.
PLEASE take her- NOW!
This is a very common problem in older female dogs. It has come to the attention of many veterinarians that spaying a female dog too soon, or while spaying while in heat, can increase urinary incontinence in the dog's geriatric years.
This is also a sign of a UTI; however cancer (in an intact female), stroke, or other ailment can be to blame.
Any time someone has an issue as small as a UTI with an older dog, regardless of health, the dog should be taken to the veterinarian for a check-up.
Bottom Line: Take the dog to the vet, with the above reasons in mind.
sounds like a UTI, definitely call your vet and take her in. It could lead to something worse