Dog Peeing A Lot: Why and When to Be Worried?
When it comes to regular urination in our pups, how much is too much? If your dog suddenly seems to empty its bladder every hour on the hour, it may have an underlying health condition. Learn more about frequent urination and how to treat a pup thats peeing a lot.
Does your dog need to pee a lot? Are you concerned because their urination frequency changed suddenly?
We come to expect this behavior from a pup with a little bladder or a senior dog with weakened muscles, as they naturally tend to urinate more than a healthy adult dog.
As you get familiar with your dog, you learn the ins and outs of their body function and can practically predict their bathroom breaks like clockwork.
If something seems out of whack and your dog is peeing with increased frequency, it can be a sign of a minor or a more serious medical issue. Your crucial duty as a canine owner is to monitor their behavior, treat them at home, and see a vet as needed.
Learn more about normal dog urination behaviors, so you can determine the best next steps, if any, for your doggo.
#5 Minor and Serious Health Conditions
It can be scary to know your pup is suffering from an unknown health condition.
Still, many conditions that cause frequent urination are on the minor end of the spectrum, like a urinary tract infection or canine bladder infection, and can be well-managed with treatment.
First, however, you need to take your pup to the vet so they can get checked by a professional.
Here are a few common canine health conditions that can affect urination frequency:
#2 Old Age
We know that pups gain better bladder control as they age when then begins to decline as they age further.
Senior dogs can have more trouble holding their urine because of two urinary sphincters – much like in humans, a dogs muscles will weaken as they age, and controlling their bodily functions becomes more difficult.
These urinary sphincters control urine expelling through the urethra and weaken over time.
Puppy Pees All The Time: 5 minutes, 10 minutes, constantly
Pollakiuria is a fun word to pronounce (pol′ă-kē-yū′rē-ă), but it’s certainly not a fun symptom to deal with. Pollakiuria means increased frequency of urination. Dogs with this symptom ask to go outside more frequently than normal (often, round the clock), and the well house trained dog may begin leaving puddles in the house. Pollakiuria caused by lower urinary tract disease Pollakiuria is most commonly caused by abnormalities within the lower urinary tract, consisting of the bladder and urethra. The urethra is the narrow tube that transports urine from the bladder to the outside world. Lower urinary tract diseases often cause dogs to sense the need to urinate well before the bladder is full, and the puddles produced are quite small. If ever you’ve experienced a bladder infection, no doubt you can relate to this sensation.Common lower urinary tract maladies that cause pollakiuria include:
Pollakiuria caused by increased thirst Some diseases causing pollakiuria are associated with increased thirst (polydipsia). Excess water intake and excess urine production (polyuria) go hand in hand. The bladder fills more rapidly and frequently, and the puddles produced are quite large. Causes of increased thirst and urine production include:1. Hormonal imbalances
Recognizing pollakiuria Some pollakiuric dogs show extremely overt symptoms (a bedside puddle greets you first thing in the morning). Other dogs show more subtle symptoms. Be on the lookout for:
Testing a urine sample will be an important first step in arriving at a diagnosis. This is best accomplished by keeping your dog under lock and key for a few hours before the office visit. Get into the waiting room quickly, so as to avoid those many tempting places to urinate just outside the clinic. Questions to ask your veterinarian
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets. Related symptoms: