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Dear Daisy Dog

During the day, our 9-month-old Pomeranian urinates frequently – sometimes every five minutes – and occasionally she leaves puddles in the house. However, she holds her urine through the night. The veterinarian performed a urinalysis and said she didn’t have an infection. What should we do now?

Daisy Responds

A urinalysis detects white blood cells and red blood cells, which are present in most – but not all – urinary tract infections.

To determine for sure whether your pup has an infection, ask your veterinarian to do a urine culture and sensitivity. This test will identify any bacteria present in the urine and determine which antibiotics will kill them.

When your pup visits the veterinarian for the urine culture, ask to have her examined for vaginitis, another cause of frequent urination.

If your puppy doesn’t have a urinary tract infection or vaginitis, she may simply be drinking more water than normal during the daytime. If that’s the case, ask your veterinarian to run blood work to determine whether she has a kidney problem.

Finally, if these tests don’t pinpoint the cause of her frequent urination, it’s time to ask your veterinarian to refer you to a specialist.

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