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Odd pee smell

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by AdonisOnHigh, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. AdonisOnHigh

    AdonisOnHigh Little Dog Premium Member

    So ever since we got back from Christmas break Adonis' pee has started having a strange smell. It's gradually increased in strength and is hard to describe but smells sort of like sunflower seeds but a lot stronger. It's kind of a mix of acidic and salty smelling I guess, it's hard to describe when I haven't smelled it in a bit.

    I was wondering if any of y'all have ever smelled or heard of anything like this. I figure its because I switched his food formula so do y'all think switching to something else will make the smell go away? Is the smell a sign of something being wrong or just a weird reaction to the food. I've been thinking about switching to Victor anyway so this just gives me a reason to toss out this old food.
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    It could very well be because of the food switch. I'd ask your vet.
  3. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Yeah, I would talk to the vet. Something could be wrong.
  4. AdonisOnHigh

    AdonisOnHigh Little Dog Premium Member

    I plan on calling today, I need to ask them about some other things anyway. Could the smell be a sign that there's too much of some ingredient in the new formula? I get so paranoid about simple stuff I just don't want to overreact, I keep having to telling myself his organs aren't failing or something lol. He's also been licking his junk a lot lately, I just realized how often he's got his head down there.
    I really need to get a vet down here so I won't have to wait to go all the way back to Houston just for simple stuff.
  5. ChevyBoy46

    ChevyBoy46 Little Dog

    Food switch , Chevy had the same problem , Vet said he had a allergic reaction to the new food we put him on, once we switched back to his old food , the smell went away . I'd contact your vet though, because every dog is different .
  6. MMSmith

    MMSmith Good Dog

    You said he's licking his junk a lot, could be a UTI, which can also change urine smell.

    I don't remember, is Adonis intact? Intact male pee, especially once they mature sexually, is quite pungent.
  7. AdonisOnHigh

    AdonisOnHigh Little Dog Premium Member

    He was neutered at 6 months. The smell is starting to go away but I'm still going to take him to my vet to ask about it.
  8. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Lizzie had some quite strong urine smell as a pup. She had frequent uti's. Once the uti got under control it went away. But that was about the same time as a food switch too.
  9. AdonisOnHigh

    AdonisOnHigh Little Dog Premium Member

    Jeez, now I'm really worried it might be a UTI. He's been licking a whole lot more but the smell has gone away. I'm looking for a vet up here so I won't have to wait until next weekend to go home and get him checked out. Are there any other signs of a UTI that I should look out for until I find a good vet? If I can't find somewhere reasonable within the week will waiting until the weekend cause him any extra harm or create more problems? If that's too long to wait and is going to cause permanent bladder damage then I have no problem paying more but if he'll be okay to wait 5 more days I don't want to spend more than I have to for someone who isn't familiar with Adonis and his needs.
  10. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    When ever our girl Bailey would get UTIs her pee smelled like crackers to me. Weird, I know.

    The other signs are excessive urination, difficulty going (because it can become painful)...painful urination...and then blood in the urine-which would likely indicate that it's moved on from a UTI to a bladder infection.

    It's really easy to treat (so you don't really need a perfect vet, any ole vet will do). They'll take a urine sample, test it and the likely prescribe antibiotics. The strength will be determined by the severity of it. If it is a UTI, the longer it goes on, the worse it'll be for him.
  11. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    UTI's should be looked as as soon as possible. Other signs are discomfort while urinating and/or urinating frequently and for the urine to have a cloudy appearance. It's also not unusual for there to be some discharge, which may be what he's licking.
  12. AdonisOnHigh

    AdonisOnHigh Little Dog Premium Member

    Thanks everybody, I'm gonna look for somewhere up here to take him but if I can't get him in this week we'll be going home to get checked out.

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