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Hi All,

We've had Ruby, our 15 month old spayed girl, for about 4 months now. She was a rescue, who came to us completely house trained. We felt like we were so lucky.


Well, this past week has been a change for us. About five days ago, Ruby came down with a bad case of diarrhea. (No worms in her stool - I think she just ate something on a walk that she shouldn't have) In the late evening, it started. Ernie found a few piles scattered around the floor in the kitchen. We were so glad that she went there, and not in harder areas to clean! We also noticed that she had urinated in one spot as well. Well, we had her sleep in the kitchen because of this. She usually sleeps in the hallway in her bed upstairs. I brought her bed down and put it in her kennel, and she was just fine - no protests! (She really is a good girl!) It was good that we did this, because we woke up to twice as much mess in the kitchen the next morning! You could tell that the stool got thinner and thinner overnight. We cut her food for that day, and took her out a bunch of times, and the poor thing pooped liquid a few times every time. She also urinated repeatedly as well, which I thought was odd, but I guess that goes with the diarrhea?

Well, a few days have past, and I've been giving her kaopectate and a bland diet. She's back on her kibble now, with some pumpkin still mixed in. Her poops are SLOWLY returning to normal, but not completely normal yet. She is, however, able to control her bow movements now.

The only problem now is that she's urinated a few times in the kitchen again. She seems to do it quickly when we're not paying attention. I don't know how she got the last one past us! She must have went in the kitchen, peed, and left quickly. We can never catch her in the act. And, I don't know why she's doing this, as she's always been so well house trained. She gets multiple chances to go outside (and does!), and usually will give me a whine when she has to go out. We had a good system going, so I don't know why she's slipping up now. The only thing that I can think of is that she's associating the kitchen with a place to go now because of her diarrhea, which of course we did not correct her for, as it wasn't her fault. Or, maybe she still smells her pee or poop on the kitchen floor, even though I've done some thorough cleaning every time, including using the Natures Miracle spray to eliminate the scent. As hard as it is, we don't scold her because we find it after the fact, but I swear she knows that it's a no-no, because when we discover it in the kitchen, she gets nervous and sometimes hides.

Anyone have similar experiences, or have any advice? I think we were getting spoiled by such a good house trained beagle, so we don't know what to do, beyond trying to catch her in the act. And because of this, she's not sleeping upstairs with us anymore, as we don't want a wet carpet.
We miss seeing her face by the bedroom doorway when our eyes open in the morning.
 

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I would double check with the vet and get her checked for a Urinary tract infection. Other than that, sounds like you are doing all the right things. Maybe sprinkle some black pepper around the kitchen floor where she likes to go pee.
 

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Well, she just peed again and also pooped (!!!) in the kitchen overnight. (At least the poop is looking normal again). She did both in the same area in the kitchen again. It's always the same 2 foot radius. I'm really starting to think that this is an area association thing.

We're going to start locking her in her kennel at night for a while. I'm wondering what to do during the day, if we should go into full crate training mode, keeping her in there most of the day -- or leaving her out and just watching her closely especially when she goes in the kitchen, to correct her in the act. Suggestions?
 

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I'll see how things go over the next day or so. If the peeing is still the main issue, I'll also take her to the vet.
 

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You can take a pee sample in to your vet and have him check it. That way you don't have to bring her in. I do it a lot when I suspect a UI problem. She could have had a gastro problem and UI problem at the same time. I always rule out a medical problem first.
 
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