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My dog is an eleven year old Yorkshire terrier ,for the past

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My dog is an eleven year old Yorkshire terrier ,for the past two weeks she is continually licking her pee hole and has a very strong smell of urine . Any ideas please.
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I'm sorry to hear about Poppy licking her vulva frequently and having a strong urine odor.
It is possible that she has a urinary tract infection and the inflammation is causing her to dribble urine, and thus lick more. However I would expect her to have some other symptoms too, such as frequent urinations, and straining to urinate.
Another possibility is that she has some sort of internal organ disease (diabetes or kidney disease) that is causing her to drink more water such that she simply can't hold her urine. This is known as overflow incontinence.
Other possibilities are some spinal arthritis that is affecting the nerves that control continence and causing her to dribble or she may have hormone related incontinence, more common in spayed females but still possible. A decrease in estrogen can weaken the urethral muscles causing urine to leak.
She needs to see her veterinarian for an examination, urinalysis with culture to look for infection and probably some blood tests to look for abnormal organ function if her urine looks abnormal (very dilute or has protein or glucose in it).
If this is related to weak urethral muscle function due to decreased estrogen medication such as phenylpropanolamine (PPA) can help that, and if it is related to spinal arthritis then treating that with anti-inflammatories as well could help.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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