Frequent Urination Question

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Barked: Fri Aug 22, '14 12:31pm PST 
Hi. I'm hoping someone can help me with this problem. I have a 5 1/2 year old pit/GSD mix, otherwise healthy. Over the past several weeks he has started getting me up several times a night asking to let him out to pee. He is very demanding about it - he will sit in front of me until I get up and let him out. However, he has had no accidents in the house and his daytime urination activity seems about the same but that may be just my perception (i.e., maybe I let him out enough that he doesn't need to ask for more).

We have been to the vet several times, had two urinalyses done, both of which came back fine. I've spoken to three different vets, all of whom say that if the urinalysis was good and the urine was not dilute, there is no need for a culture. We did two different sets of blood work, all perfect as well. I'm completely mystified as it's my understanding that if this was an infection, or one of the other possible causes -- Cushings or Diabetes -- he would have had some indication in his blood work or something show up in the urinalysis. Can anyone help me figure out what might be going on. There's clearly something going on here as this is a very sudden change of behavior and he is not drinking more water, but before I spend more money at the vet (and I've spent hundreds already), I'd like to go back with some idea what we should be looking for. Thank you very much for the help.
Harley, SD,- CGC, TDI

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Barked: Fri Sep 19, '14 6:58pm PST 
I'd get blood work. I'd test kidney values and diabetes to start. Actually, it might be less expensive to run a senior panel. That tests everything. At my vet its $88.
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Barked: Sun Sep 21, '14 1:30pm PST 
I agree with Harley. Please keep us posted.


Barked: Thu Oct 2, '14 5:43pm PST 

I'm sorry to hear about your pet's problem. I wish I would have seen this post a bit before. Is your dog's problem solved? Has he recovered? I know what its like to spend hundreds of dollars at the vet....especially when you still haven't found the problem.

I don't know if this could be of any help for you, but it has worked wonders for me. I tried homeopathy for pets, and honestly, I am so glad I've found that. Of course it doesn't replace the vet, but it can get you a long way without paying as much. After discussing with a homeopath who treats animals, and especially when you don't know exactly what your pet has, she suggested i got a custom homeopathic remedy done. I tried it having nothing else to lose. Once you buy it they ask you to complete a questionnaire for your pet and they make a remedy for your pet. It worked for me, so I know it can work for others. I bought my custom remedy on homeopetcare.com. Hope this helps!
Jasper- (1998~2016)

Ignorance is a- Choice
Barked: Sun Nov 16, '14 7:26am PST 
Hello. I’m a veterinary technician and I will do my best to help you out. German Shepherd Dogs are prone to aortic Stenosis, Mitral valve dysplasia, pericardial effusion, persistent left cranial vena cava, persistent right aortic arch and a variety of other health conditions. It’s hard to not give into a dog’s adorable face when they want something. I recommend taking him to the vet for a check up. Make sure he has a good walk before bedtime, too. I recommend feeding your dog at around 5pm and then going for an hour-long walk around 6pm. Or, you can feed at 6pm and do his walk at 7pm, which would be better. If he doesn’t have any medical problems, simply close your door and don’t let him into your room at night. Ask your veterinarian about putting him on Hill’s Prescription Diet W/D Canine Low Fat – Glucose Management – Gastrointestinal Dry Dog Food. I hope this helps. I attended the 2013 North American Veterinary Conference and we learned that W/D has been scientifically formulated to help dogs maintain a healthy weight, increase their energy, help them feel full, keep their blood sugar stable and their immune system healthy. Your dog’s problem is strange. If three veterinarians said there is no physical problem, I highly doubt there is a physical problem going on. I think what you may be dealing with are cognitive changes due to age, which can occur for some breeds as young as 5.