People with more than one dog, have you ever noticed this?

My three female hounds all eat the same exact diet except in different amounts. They get the same snacks at the same time and I’d say they all drink about equal amounts of water in proportion to their sizes.

However, my littlest one, a 16 lb. adult female beagle, urinates a very dark yellow color compared to the two bigger female coonhounds (cousins to the beagle). When I first got her from the SPCA, I figured it was her diet/lack of cooperation eating and drinking there (she barked non-stop in the cage and refused to eat until I adopted her – she has terrible crate anxiety.) We have now had her for over three months and her urine is still much darker than the other two. When I took her to the vet and told him she was incontinent most nights he said very small dogs will need to go frequently.

Also, my two bigger hounds (50 lbs and 80 lbs.) poop once or twice a day. Bella poops 4 or 5 times a day!

Is this a small-dog thing or what? I realize that she is the size of a baby.
Jennifer – I did take her recently. She had samples and an exam and he said she was fine and at either 4 or 6 years old, depending on which vet you ask, she is "approaching her senior years."

Believe me, if she had an infection or anything, it wouldn’t have gone on for three months.

My vet has been practicing since 1971 – the year I was born, and is highly rated and very thorough. I believe him when he said she was fine. She certainly acts fine!

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9 Responses to “People with more than one dog, have you ever noticed this?”

  1. st.lady37 (GitEm) says:

    Each dog is an individual. If the vet says she is fine dont worry

  2. ba_wa_jo says:

    This is what you may have to do, that would be change your pets diet, just as you would for a senior human person. Also, when you do not drink enough your urine will a deep brown too. Cut down on the amount of food you are giving them. If you have children do them the same way. What is that?
    Monitoring the that they eat food on a daily basis. You might even consider smaller portions spread out during the course of the day.

    I hope this will be of some help to you.

  3. Iggy says:

    Just watch her, if the urine gets darker, take her back to your vet…..maybe change her diet, sometimes certain dog food can effect bowel or urine color…no big deal, but if worried, try new dog food…and make sure she has lots of cool clean water all the time…

    sound like you really take good care of your dogs..way to go

    Put her on Nutro Max awhile, dry dog food and see if it helps..

  4. glee says:

    It’s possible that your beagle is having reaction to the dog food you are feeding her. When I first got my dog, I started feeding her puppy chow and she had very had diarrea. I didn’t know what the problem was and it lasted for months until someone told me I should try other brands and once I changed to Iams and the diarrea stoped and she was pooping normally.

  5. debbie says:

    Little dogs don’t need to go more often than big dogs unless they are eating and drinking more proportionately than the big dogs. My Chi’s don’t go any more often than my Giant Schnauzer.
    She should certainly be able to hold her urine all night, assuming she is house or crate trained.
    I would suspect a bladder infection from the color and incontinence you describe, did you take a clean urine sample for the vet to check? Did he ask for one or just assume that she potties alot because she’s small?
    If she is very anxious in the crate she could be peeing because of her nerves.
    I would still get an infection ruled out. A second vet’s opinion would also not hurt.

  6. RT(R) says:

    dogs are like humans..we all differ in our body functions. she may have to use the bathroom more often. if you arent taking her out enough or letting her drink too much water or not enough this could effect her kidneys. she could have a UTI. get her checked.

  7. jennifer says:

    KIDNEY ISSUES, get her to a GOOD vet now!

  8. ashley says:

    i have two big dogs and they poop only once or twice a day too.

    i dont know about your little one though.
    good luck!

  9. Shanna says:

    I have noticed that different dogs have different habits, different body functions, etc. All my dogs eat the exact same diet at the exact same times, but they will poop at different times, they will poop different consistancies and their pee will not look the same. Their bodies are all going to be running at different efficiencies and that is normal. I wouldn’t worry about it at all.