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Q: We rescued an adult dog almost three weeks ago. She had a few accidents during the nighttime routine of putting my son to bed. I think because she was anxious and the her crate was too small. I would clean the area with water and pet enzymes spray but yet she has urinated there.

She has not gone in the house for eight days . We got her a bigger crate and changed our routine at night and things are much better. She had heartworm injection yesterday and is on prednisone. She’s drinking a bit more water and had an accident today in that exact same spot. Do you recommend a special cleaner for that area? Should I get rid of the area rug all together for a bit? I’m looking for a little insight. Since being home all day, I do try to take her out every two to three hours and she gets a treat and a victory dance as soon as she goes potty or poop outside! S. F., Schaumburg, IL

A: Congratulations about rescuing a dog, particularly one requires medical attention. No question, being on prednisone may increase her thirst. Also, many dogs lose house training in some shelters if they’re not regularly taken outdoors to relieve themselves as needed and require time to relearn the skill. And some dogs were never housetrained. Eight days, no accidents, sounds like whatever you are doing, you are doing right.

For dogs who repeatedly go to the same place, indeed an odor neutralizer can dissuade by removing the smell – which is to your benefit anyway, so you don’t smell urine. I like Fresh Wave’s all-natural Pet Odor Removing Spray. Of course, a dog’s snout is much more sensitive than ours, and dogs will be inclined to return to places with their names on it, identified by a smell of urine. Having said that, no odor removing spray is a substitute for house training or treating a dog with a medical issue.

While an odor removing spray is suggested, at least for now, removing the area rug makes sense. For dogs having multiple accidents in multiple places, at some point professionally cleaning all carpeting is suggested. Choose a carpet cleaning company who can add a product to neutralize the pet odor. The trick is not to do this until your dog has begun to reliably begin to go outdoors. Again, even clean carpeting is no substitute for house training or a medical cause of a dog urinating indoors.

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