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She wakes up wet every once in a while, doesn’t smell like pee and it’s a clear liquid.

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If your dog is waking up wet with a clear, odorless liquid, there are a few potential causes to consider. One possibility is that she could be experiencing urinary incontinence, which can happen during sleep. However, since you mentioned the liquid doesn't smell like urine, we should consider other causes as well.

Another potential cause could be excessive drooling during sleep, which can sometimes be so profuse that it wets the bedding. This can occur due to dental issues, such as gingivitis or dental abscesses, which can cause increased salivation. It's important to check her mouth for any signs of dental disease, such as red or swollen gums, bad breath, or loose teeth.

Additionally, dogs can release fluid from their vulva if they have a vaginal infection or vaginitis. This discharge can sometimes be clear and might not have a strong odor. It's worth checking the area for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge.

Sweating through the paws is another consideration, although it's less likely to cause the bedding to become significantly wet. Dogs have sweat glands in their paws, and in some cases, if they are overheated or stressed, they might sweat enough to dampen their sleeping area.

To help manage the situation, ensure that your dog has a comfortable and well-ventilated sleeping area to prevent overheating. Regular dental check-ups are important to maintain oral health and prevent excessive drooling due to dental issues. Additionally, keep an eye on her genital area for any signs of discharge or irritation and maintain good hygiene in that area.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it would be prudent to seek immediate veterinary attention: blood in the clear liquid, signs of pain or discomfort, lethargy, loss of appetite, or any behavioral changes. These could indicate a more serious underlying condition that requires prompt medical intervention.

Remember to maintain a record of when the wetting occurs, as this can be helpful information for a veterinarian if further investigation is needed. Regular health check-ups are also important to catch any potential issues early.

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