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4 month old French Bulldog - pees in crate and licks it up

November 21st, 2007, 09:40 AM
Hi everyone - Wondering if someone can offer me some advice... About 3 weeks ago, my husband and I got a French Bulldog (from a breeder) named Oscar. He is now 16 weeks old. He caught on to house training very quickly - he eliminates outside and has only had a few accidents in the house.

However, when he is in his crate during the day while my husband and I are at work, I think he pees in his crate and then licks it up before I get home to walk him. (He is only in his crate for 4 hours at a time - I come home for lunch during the day to feed and walk him.) When I get home, the plastic bottom of the crate is a little wet on one of the sides with pee. The crate is only big enough for him to lay down in and turn around in. I am led to believe that he licks it up because I have seen him try to do it before when he had an accident in the house. My husband thinks he lays in it, soaking it up, and then it just dries.

Before we go to work, we make sure to take him out a few times to make sure the food and water is out of his system.

If he is, in fact, licking up the pee, is he endangering himself? I am very, very worried and don't know what to do!! Thanks in advance for your assistance.

November 22nd, 2007, 10:41 AM
Welcome to and we would love to seee a picture of your baby! I'm a little worried about your dog's urinary tract health ~ if you are taking him out as often as you say you are that's alot of output. While the behaviour sounds abnormal (and your crate sounds a little smallish), I would have a urinalysis done by a Vet first to remove the possibility of a UTI.