My Dog Pee Smells Like Vitamins What Should I Do?

By Tom •  Updated: 08/08/21 •  3 min read
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Dog pee probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your fur baby. However, your dog’s potty habits (including his urine) are a great way to monitor your dog’s health and happiness.

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Has your dog’s pee started smelling like vitamins? Are you worried this may be a sign your dog is sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog develops this kind of symptom.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at what causes a dog’s pee to smell like vitamins and what you can do to help your dog. Let’s get started!

What Causes a Dog’s Pee to Smell Like Vitamins?

Urine that smells like vitamins may not smell that bad; however, it is a sign that you need to watch in your dog. Any time your fur baby’s urine changes in smell, color, and more, there’s a reason for the change.

A dog’s urine may smell like vitamins for several reasons. One of the most common causes of strong-smelling urine is a urinary tract infection (UTIs). In fact, UTIs are one of the most common reasons a dog’s pee may smell different or even foul.

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Another possible cause of your dog’s urine smelling like vitamins could be he’s simply not getting enough water. If a dog becomes dehydrated, his body doesn’t have enough water for the kidneys to make urine. Urine is essential in helping the kidneys to rid the body of toxins and waste products. When there’s not enough water, a dog’s urine will become highly concentrated with these waste products. The result is very strong-smelling urine.

Other health issues that can cause a dog’s urine to smell are kidney/bladder stones, kidney conditions (including kidney failure), and more.

A sometimes-overlooked issue that can cause your dog’s urine to smell like vitamins is your dog’s diet. Is your dog eating a new dog food or taking supplements? Then the culprit could lie there. For instance, if a dog has too much vitamin B6 in his system, his urine may smell like vitamins.  

It’s also possible that certain medications may cause a dog’s urine to smell bad.

Symptoms of UTIs & Other Conditions

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has a UTI, another medical condition:

If your dog shows these symptoms, then it’s time to call the vet. Your dog may have a condition that requires treatment, such as an infection or another health issue.

The sooner your dog is treated by the vet, the sooner he can begin to feel better! And you’ll notice your dog’s pee no longer smells like vitamins!

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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