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Old 01-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have 13Yr old Male Basset who recently quit notifying us that he needs to go out. He is on thyroid medicine and eats 2 cups of food twice a day.

No other changes have occurred. It appears that he is just getting lazy?

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I would have him checked by the vet for a physical issue, there are a number that can cause incontinence in a senior dog.
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there are a number that can cause incontinence in a senior dog.
especial if they have been spayed or nuetered and given the age one can not rule out CDS.
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I have 13Yr old Male Basset who recently quit notifying us that he needs to go out. He is on thyroid medicine and eats 2 cups of food twice a day.

No other changes have occurred. It appears that he is just getting lazy?

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance

Joe
Not having had one on Thyroid medication I can't say about that from experience. However, at age 13, he is getting quite elderly and this may be as simple as incontinence. The only real answer, provided you can rule out this being a medical problem, is to simply anticipate his need to go more often, and get him out more often.

To be honest, although mine have all been 'housetrained' , I've never waited to be asked. I know when they last emptied and when it's likely they will need to go again, and get them out.
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Not having had one on Thyroid medication I can't say about that from experience. However, at age 13, he is getting quite elderly and this may be as simple as incontinence. The only real answer, provided you can rule out this being a medical problem, is to simply anticipate his need to go more often, and get him out more often.

To be honest, although mine have all been 'housetrained' , I've never waited to be asked. I know when they last emptied and when it's likely they will need to go again, and get them out.

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going to have him checked out...I dont think it is just old age and we cant anticipate what he is going to do next. We have tried a dog diaper and they prove to be ineffective. Will let you know

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We've been having problems with one of bassets urinating in the house for about 6 years. She cannot be trusted to have the run of the place while we are away, but she can hold it for 8 hours if she is in a crate. Lately - she's now eleven - she urinates in the house if its too hot, too cold, rainy, or snowy outside. However, if it's a nice day, she has no problem waiting to go out.

We have had her checked by vets. She's fine except for the laziness.
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We've been having problems with one of bassets urinating in the house for about 6 years. She cannot be trusted to have the run of the place while we are away, but she can hold it for 8 hours if she is in a crate. Lately - she's now eleven - she urinates in the house if its too hot, too cold, rainy, or snowy outside. However, if it's a nice day, she has no problem waiting to go out.

We have had her checked by vets. She's fine except for the laziness.
Dogs don't generally urinate in the house out of laziness. It may be that she has a substrate preference (some dogs will only go on grass and some refuse to use grass). She may have become used to urinating on certain types of flooring or in certain areas over the years. It is possible to retrain an older dog to be house broken but it will require a lot of work on your part. You basically have to start over with her like she is a puppy. We rescued a 4 yr old female who was previously not housebroken and after several months work she was completely trained. We've had her for almost 2 years and she hasn't had an accident since she was broken.
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- she's now eleven - she urinates in the house if its too hot, too cold, rainy, or snowy outside. However, if it's a nice day, she has no problem waiting to go out.
We have had her checked by vets. She's fine except for the laziness.
Eleven is pensionable age in human terms, & like many elderly people dogs don't have the bladder control they once did. Dogs aren't 'lazy' in their toileting habits & it more likely originates from lack of consistency in training.
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Yeah, it's laziness - on the part of the trainer.
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Do you have other bassets or other pets in the house? Is anyone sick? When my Benson got cancer, my Daisy started peeing in the house. I didn't know Benson had Cancer and I kept taking Daisy to the vet because I thought she had a urinary infection. The sicker Benson got, the more Daisy peed in the house. The day we put Benson to sleep, Daisy never peed in the house again. She knew he was sick longggg before we knew he was sick. She surely sensed the illness.


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