Ask The Dog Guide: Aging Min Pin’s New Pee Problem

November 26th, 2007 by Dan

Question: I have a miniature pinscher, about 12 year old. We aren’t quite sure of his age because we adopted him. We got him almost 5 years ago. He is quite large for his breed, both in height and weight. He has never peed in the house before. Now, in the last two weeks, he keeps wanting to go outside in the middle of the night and has had three accidents in the last week. What is wrong with him? He is still a very playful dog, but sleeps a lot as well, as he has done for the last five years. He has 3 walks a day and we let him outside about 4 times a day when he wants to go out. Again, what could be causing his problem? Thanks for any help!!!

Answer: There are a variety of issues that can lead to urinary incontinence, especially when dealing with senior dogs. However none of these can be diagnosed over the Internet and require a trip to see your vet to figure out what is going on. It seems pretty obvious based on what you have told me that this isn’t a behavioral issue, as he is still telling you he wants to go out, thus he does not want to be going in the house. Increased thirst and urination could be a sign of kidney disease, diabetes or other issues. It also could be something less serious, but you’re not going to know definitively until you take your pooch in and get him a senior work up. Your Veterinarian will conduct a full physical and probably want to run a blood panel that is aimed towards issues targeting geriatric patients. Being that this is an issue with frequent urination your Vet may also want to run a culture on a sample of his urine. So call and make an appointment as soon as you can! This professional reassurance will make both of you feel much better!

10 Responses to “Ask The Dog Guide: Aging Min Pin’s New Pee Problem”

  1. Sherry Cox Says:

    I own 2 min pins larger in size than most also. They are brother and sister. Their mama was put to rest 2 years ago at age 6. The two babies are now 6. Since age 4 their mama had diabetes and urinated everywhere by age 6 she had endocrine disease, liver failure, glaucoma, blindness. My male min pin, her son, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 4 and now at age 6 is blind and has swollen legs and he urinates outside then comes in and does it in the house. My female was just diagnosed with a platlette disorder and has been on prednisone for 6 months and she too urinates frequently in and out of the house. Both drink a lot of water and are let out in excess of 7 times daily and still pee their beds, carpet, bathroom floor, everywhere. I am an animal lover I have 4 cats and 3 dogs. Now I am faced with the ungodly task of having to put my babies down. It really sucks to see that min pins are a healthy breed because 8 out of 10 min pins at my vet and others around are as sick as mine. It is crushing me to know I can’t give love to my min pins longer than 6 years they are my heart and I love them like i love my kids. 2 times a day insulin shots to my male and 1/4 tablet 2 times daily of pred for my female. weekly blood tests on my female to check her platelet count and to see how enlarged her liver and spleen are from the steroids and every 3 months glucose checks for my male to make sure he gets enough insulin. It kills me every time I have to stick him with a needle or leave them over night at the vet because like I said before they are like my kids to me and I love them. They love sleeping under my covers and give unconditional love and yet they are sick and have to live such short lives.

  2. Nicole Z Says:

    Do you notice the urine doesn’t smell and you almost think it must not be urine? If so, it could be because it never really digested. Sign of diabetes or liver/kidney problem. They could drink water all day and still die of thirst and hunger because the body isn’t keeping the nutrients. They can’t control the urine. Once ours saw the vet and was put on insulin, he stopped the uncontrolled drinking and could control his urination.

    When I got my min pin 10 years ago I was excited to read they have relatively no health problems in the breed. However at age 9 (2 months) ago he started drinking water all day and for the first time, couldn’t control his urine. He went from a chunky little guy to being a skeleton, in what seemed overnight. He had pancreantitis and started on insulin. I wondered why his eyes were seaping and noticed a “haze” in them. Last night we he completely lost his vision and the house he’s been in for 7 years he couldn’t navigate around in. My husband slept on the couch so the dog bed wouldn’t move from the normal spot to find his way outside to urinate. During the night he barked, he was in the corner of the yard and couldn’t find his way back in :( That’s when we decided, that’s it, it isn’t fair or kind to keep him alive in this condition. He wasn’t “himself” any more. He isn’t spunky or barking…he’s lost his spirit. We had to put “our boy” down this morning. This breed really does love his owner and always wanted to protect us. Our house will never be the same without him. He would have been 10 next month. I thought for sure we’d have him for 15+ years. A true loss to our family. My husband doesn’t want to get another dog because we don’t want to have to go through this. Min pins really aren’t dogs, they are a child in the family.

  3. dthcnine Says:

    thanks for the great information…

  4. Ann Says:

    My min pin, Lucky, has been a loving member of our family for 14 years. Over the last 6 months, he has lost considerable weight and his breath smelled. I just took him to the VET and they did a blood test. The results showed that he has advanced kidney disease. Our family now has to face the horrible decision of evenually putting him to sleep. It breaks my heart in a million pieces to look at him, because he is loved just like he is one of our children. I had to leave a comment after reading the other comments posted.

  5. Jimmy Says:

    We too have a min pin…He is 11 years old,at age 10 we noticed the same symptoms as all of you have mentioned,Turned out he had 11 kidney stones, After 1 week in the hospital he was good to go,Shortly after we discovered he became diabetic..And then the insulin shots along with weekly blood work began,He did pretty good after all of this for about a year,Today we discovered he has a serious kidney problem and it doesn’t look like he will be able to recover from this one…We will have to do what every pet owner dreads doing in the next couple of days….Complete bummer for us here…He has been the best dog we have ever had..

  6. Della Says:

    We also had a min pin…. with most all these symptoms, took her to the vet put her on 10mg of predisone twice daily that was April 13th and sadly we had to do what no one ever wants to do…. she passed May 23rd. Started losing weight and drinking more water urinating outside and inside then Friday she started vomiting and all day and night she passed Saturday morning. She was the smartest dog we ever had. I’ll never have another it’s like my husband and I have lost one of our children.

  7. Tina Songe Says:

    My mom passed away three years ago, and I inherited her Min Pin. I had never owned a dog before and had to learn everything. Honey turned 15 on January 25. She used to let me know if she had to go out in the night by barking. For the last month or so, I find certain areas on the kitchen floor where she peed. I bought training pads. They’re not working. I made her sleep in her pet taxi last night. I felt bad because she whimpered and I know she missed being with me, but I was determined not to give in. Any suggestions??

  8. Annette Says:

    Instead of punishing Honey and yourself put a doggie diaper on her so she can still be by your side.

  9. Miriam Says:

    My female min pin YEYA will be 15 yrs old in August. Has Never had any health issues. In the last months we have noticed that she sleeps a lot, has peed only a few times inside the house, she is drinking water more often, she has lost a lot of her hearing and sight. She has lost some of her teeth. She still runs and plays. As of last week she no longer likes her dry food and we are looking for new soft food for her. Last visit to the vet was about three weeks ago, and we were told that she will be around for a long while as she is in great condition.

  10. Leslie Says:

    My min pin began drinking excessive amounts of water. I took her to the vet & a blood test was done along with a glucose test & general exam. Her blood sugar was elevated & she was diagnosed as diabetic. A serious commitment on the part of the pet owner is what is needed to control & help your dog stabilize. I give her insulin shots every 12 hours, watch her diet & get her glucose checked often . Stabilization is not a fast nor easy fix. It requires time, attention, & help from your vet. It has been 3 years & yes, sadly she has lost most sight but she is still with me – if caught early this disease can be controlled & allow your pup extended life.

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