Older Dachshund Peeing In Your House?

Is Your Older Dachshund Peeing In Your House?

Our beautiful frosty faced Dachshund Luke occasionally needs reminding to stop sniffing for a moment and pee!

Sometimes he asks to go outside and then gets distracted – Ok, I admit I am easily distracted too 🙂

We are very grateful that he has not started peeing in our house, however I have been getting a few emails from Dachshund owners who are not so lucky.

Some have recently adopted a senior Dachshund only to find out the possible reason for them being in a shelter in the first place – they were not fully housebroken.

Others have dachshunds that have just started to pee in the house after years of being fully potty trained!

Both are frustrating to deal with but I really want Dachshund owners who are having these problems with their little bundles of joy to actively learn how to stop this behaviour and break the circle of dachshunds ending up in shelters.

Read my newest article Older Dachshunds Can Be Potty Trained.

Dachshund Luke Spleen Removed

Dachshund Luke had his Spleen removed a couple of weeks ago.

We had found a long lump on the side of his body – we were still in Spain at the time and the local vet informed us it was fatty tissue.

When we returned to USA we took Luke to his vet to get his local rabies certificate and of course mentioned the “fatty tissue”. This led to strange looks from the vet, mentions of an unlikely place to have fatty tissue and then and x-ray. We soon realised that this was not going to be a quick visit to get his certificates up to date but did not comprehend how sick Luke was.

After looking at the x-ray the vet showed us the lump – it took up most of his little body cavity! We were told that his spleen was very enlarged and that there were two lumps attached, one the size of a baseball! I can not explain how shocked we were by this news and how scared we were when the vet said that he wanted to operate of Luke ASAP and that we were to prepare ourselves for the worst. He said that there is a good chance that this is cancer and may have already spread into the rest of his body, he might have to call us during surgery so that we could decide if we want him to continue or put him to sleep.

He sent us home to decide if we wanted to go ahead with the operation in the morning or wait a few days to spend time with him. I cried and cried thinking about losing him and of course blamed ourselves for not bringing him back from Spain sooner.

My husband and I talked all while Dachshund Luke played with a ball. We decided to take him in for the operation in the morning. After spending a few hours searching the internet for more information we had to stop – most sites gave a low survival chance.

Well, I have to tell all our Dachshund friends that he survived the operation (better than us!) and the biopsy showed that he did not have cancer. We are so happy to be able to spend more time with little Dachshund Luke and to see him so healthy.

Dachshund Luke sunbathing his shaved belly

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