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Old 01-29-2013, 07:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Peeing due to prednisone - will he unlearn housetraining?

This might seem like a silly question, but here goes....

Bruno has a mast cell tumor and allergic dermatitis. He has surgery next week for the tumor and in the meantime the vet put him on prednisone.

First dose was last night and Bruno seemed fine, but this morning he emptied his whole bladder in the hallway. (I swear to god there was like six gallons of pee... holy crap!)

I know this is to be expected with prednisone, but I am a little concerned that he will develop a habit of peeing in the house and will continue to do so after the prednisone is done. (Can you tell that I've had little dogs for years? That's such a chihuahua thing to do ...lol.)

What have your experiences been with prednisone? He doesn't seem to be hyperactive at all, just drinking and peeing.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Peeing due to prednisone - will he unlearn housetraining?

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This might seem like a silly question, but here goes....

Bruno has a mast cell tumor and allergic dermatitis. He has surgery next week for the tumor and in the meantime the vet put him on prednisone.

First dose was last night and Bruno seemed fine, but this morning he emptied his whole bladder in the hallway. (I swear to god there was like six gallons of pee... holy crap!)

I know this is to be expected with prednisone, but I am a little concerned that he will develop a habit of peeing in the house and will continue to do so after the prednisone is done. (Can you tell that I've had little dogs for years? That's such a chihuahua thing to do ...lol.)

What have your experiences been with prednisone? He doesn't seem to be hyperactive at all, just drinking and peeing.
Had a fawn that lived on it. Prednisone makes you consume more water and food. So it's all about timing of giving the water, how much and possibly setting an alarm and getting up in the middle of the night to let him out while he is on it.

Shouldn't forget, just clean it up well and know he can't help it so you have to help him a little more. It's actually very overwhelming urge to eat, drink, and pee. It quite miserable (I also was on it for over a year), it also makes you somewhat short tempered. So you may need a little patience and a little more awareness.

Good luck, I'm sure he will be fine!




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Old 01-29-2013, 08:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Dont lose hope!

I have taken many dogs through HW treatment who have been on prednisone and have peed a lot inside when they were perfectly house trained dogs. They resumed normal peeing on grass activity once the steroid ceased. I assure you that house trained dogs don't want to urinate inside, they just can't help it when it comes to certain medicines.

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You should regulate the water. I have a dog on prednisone and have no issues with him peeing in the house or being dehydrated due to how I regulate his water. Would he drink an entire bucket full if given the chance? Yes. But instead, I allow him to take in normal amount of water instead of standing by the bowl and gulping it all down then having to pee in about 5 minutes. I think it is easier for him to drink less more frequently rather than 'gorging' himself on gallons of water that just flow right through him.
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I have a fair bit of experience with prednisone (both with one of my own dogs, and clients dogs), and have never had an issue with them once they stopped it. As ZeldaRules said, house trained dogs don't want to have accidents, and they do "know better", but can't help it due to the steriod. Don't get frustrated with him, he can't help it, and it will get better once he's finished them.
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My Blueberry was on this for a long while but she was a leaker. She leaked constantly....so I had to diaper her/ let her on constantly. Her feet pads were coming off (I did not want an infection) so I had to put boots on her every time she went out. I had to take weeks off from work to let her out/put boots on....let her in take boots off/put diaper back on. I'm lucky and have a understanding job! But after a few weeks they put her on something that help with the leaking! Good luck and talk to your vet.

She tried very hard to go outside
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Old 01-29-2013, 09:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Great to know, thank you all! Bruno is VERY reliably housetrained, never had an accident ever. I didn't scold him at all for peeing, I was just like "Bruno, what are you doing??" and he looked at me all embarrassed. Today is day 2 of a 10 day course of the steroids so I'll just be sure to let him out every half hour or so.

He wants to eat everything in sight, which is unusual for him, but I know that's the steroid too. My poor boy! He seems more miserable on the prednisone than he was when he was itching so much! I'll be glad when we're done with it!
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It will all be over soon I personally don't regulate the water intake with a dog on pred because that feeling of being excessively thirsty but not being able to drink is brutal. All of our HW positive dogs at school on pred have constant access to water in their runs. Just take your boy out often as you plan to and it will be ok.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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A dog door isn't really an option because the only door that opens into the fenced in area is a sliding glass door - but I can see where that would be extremely helpful! If he had to be on it long term I would look into some kind of an arrangement. Buggles can open the door herself but she never closes it behind her so I just keep them out of that room unless its potty time.

Luckily I have no carpet so his pee problems aren't too much of an issue. He's gone out plenty today and no further accidents.
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