Responsible owners should always keep a close eye on their pets. Dogs, with their rambunctious, curious energy, get into a lot of trouble.
That doesn’t just affect the state of your favorite shoes, but also the state of their health. For example, what if your dog seems to be peeing excessively?
It may seem silly, but figuring out whether your dog is peeing too much is a valid concern. While a dog peeing a lot isn’t a disease by itself, it can be a symptom of illness.
Keeping a close eye on the amount that your dog pees is an important part of ensuring that your dog’s health is the best it can be.
- 1 Polyuria Defined
- 2 When is Dog Peeing Too Much Peeing?
- 3 Causes of Frequent Urination
- 4 When to See a Vet About Dog Peeing
- 5 Caring for a Dog That Pees A Lot
- 6 Not an Immediate Cause for Concern
The medical term for frequent urination in dogs is polyuria. It’s not a problem in and of itself, but it can be a symptom of another disease.
More often than not, however, polyuria is present in incontinent dogs. In this case, there isn’t much that you as a dog owner can do, other than making your dog’s life as comfortable as possible.
Nonetheless, if your dog isn’t having age related symptoms, you may wonder if they’re peeing too often and how to fix it. How can you be sure?
When is Dog Peeing Too Much Peeing?
‘My dog pees a lot,’ you say, but it can still be hard to determine whether or not they truly have polyuria.
Here’s what to monitor:
Dogs that are fed a diet high in water content will pee more than usual.
Those whose diet consists of ingredients that are diuretic may also need to urinate more frequently.
More active dogs will need to drink more water, which will then cause them to pee often.
Those which live in warmer climates, or dogs that spend a great deal of time outdoors, will regulate body temperatures by panting or peeing.
Availability to a Proper Toilet
Trained dogs are likely to hold their pee until their owners arrive to bring them to a proper toilet, where they can do their business.
Because of this, dogs will drink less water and will pee less, especially if they go through a long period of time without access to a proper toilet.
Therefore, if they have more access to a toilet, their habits may change and lead to them peeing more often – which will seem like an unusual change.
As a rule of thumb, dogs will pee at least once every four to six hours. For those who are worried about their puppies peeing a lot, do not fret.
Puppies will also pee twice as much as adult dogs, until they turn at least five to six months old, and will pee at least once every two hours.
Eventually, they will master how to control their bladder as they age. Likewise, older dogs will lose control of their bladder as a natural side effect of ageing.
To determine if your dog is peeing too often, keep a log of their bathroom habits on a regular basis. It’s best to mark a number of days wherein your dog is in good health and record the times that your dog pees.
Dogs are creatures of routine; if they do something at one time of the day, chances are they will do the same thing, at the same time, the next day.
This record can be a great reference for you, so as to ensure their urination patterns are normal; it’s also useful if you need to visit your veterinarian.
Causes of Frequent Urination
While too much peeing can feel like a problem that needs to be addressed immediately, sometimes the causes for it are benign and natural.
If you have determined that your dog is peeing too much, it’s best to eliminate all other harmless reasons to determine whether you should be concerned.
For us humans, we keep our bodies at a healthy temperature by sweating and peeing. In hot temperatures, we drink water more often so that our bodies will keep us at a comfortable level.
This is also true for dogs. However, unlike us, they don’t sweat. Rather, they let out extra water by panting, which is why you may notice your dog panting more often when they’re dehydrated, or when they’re in hot conditions.
Dogs will, as a habit, drink more water in humid environments. Of course, hot temperatures aren’t all due to external factors.
Climate and weather will raise a dog’s temperature, but so will strenuous activity. A walk on a blistering day will likely make your dog dehydrated, which means they will drink more.
Once they get into a cooler climate, like the inside of your house, all that extra water won’t be removed through panting. Instead, your dog, without having the need for the extra water, will pee.
If you notice that your dog is drinking more often, and the weather is hot, this isn’t a cause for concern. Just make sure they have access to enough water, as well as a safe, clean spot to do their business when necessary.
Dogs are, by nature, territorial creatures. They mark out their territory using their urine, which is a way for them to leave a scent on an object or location; this scent is a signal to other dogs that they’re not allowed in that space.
Commonly, you’ll notice your dog engaging in this behavior during walks. Marking is common and occurs for all dogs, regardless of sex, size, or breed, as long as they are over 20 months of age.
While marking can be worrisome in particular situations, it rarely means that your dog has any serious medical issues.
Incontinence is when dogs do not have control over their bladder, which causes them to pee involuntarily.
Unlike dogs that need to pee more because of the temperature, dogs with incontinence do not have a say in the matter.
Incontinence often happens naturally, due to old age. If this is the case for your dog, there’s no need to worry.
Incontinence can also happen with dogs that have been spayed or neutered. Likewise, this is a natural occurrence and shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.
This video explains more about urinary incontinence in dogs.
Urinary Tract Infection
A UTI (urinary tract infection) can be the reason your dog pees a lot. Just like incontinence, a urinary tract infection can result in your dog losing control of their bladder and can make urinating painful.
However, if your dog suffers from a UTI, too much peeing will only be one of the many symptoms they have – and it’ll be far from the most obvious.
Look out for blood in their urine or their whining in pain as they pee. It goes without saying that if your dog exhibits any of these behaviors, you should bring them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
A symptom of diabetes in dogs is too much peeing.
Diabetes occurs when the body does not have the ability to convert food to energy properly. This means that dogs need to eat more, and will also defecate and urinate more often.
While not as obvious as UTI, there are also a number of other symptoms that signal if your dog has diabetes.
If frequent urination occurs alongside these other symptoms, it’s best to contact your vet and get your dog checked.
Medications can also make your dog pee more often, as a side effect. These medications can be ones prescribed by your vet, as well as over the counter medicine that you bought yourself.
If you suspect that the OTC medicine that you gave to your dog is the cause for their frequent urination, check if your medication contains cortisone. Thankfully, these symptoms will often stop soon after you quit giving this medication to your pet.
If frequent urination is too troublesome, you may want to switch to a different medication. You can do this by asking a vet to recommend cortisone-free alternatives.
If your vet prescribed the medication, like anti-seizure medicine, you may want to contact them about this side effect. Your vet may know of alternatives. Otherwise, you may have to deal with the side effect of the drugs.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways that you can make frequent urination less troublesome for both you and your dog, which we will discuss below.
When to See a Vet About Dog Peeing
Typically, there’s no need to see the vet if your dog pees too often. However, if your dog is urinating frequently in conjunction with other symptoms, it’s best to schedule an appointment.
With a veterinarian, you can receive a proper diagnosis on whether or not they suffer from a more serious disease, and if so, what steps you need to take.
To diagnose your dog, your vet will ask questions about their health. These may include queries about your dog’s diet, physical activity, age, medical history, and if they are displaying abnormal behavior.
Your vet will then run a series of tests to assess your dog’s health. These tests will focus on the symptoms that you have described, as well as other health factors, like your dog’s medical history, age, and breed.
These tests may include blood tests, urine tests, CT scans, and ultrasounds.
The treatment that your dog needs will depend on the reason behind their excessive peeing. For infections and diseases, your dog may be prescribed medicine to solve the illness.
In serious cases, your dog may need to undergo surgery, to remove any blockage in their internal organs.
Caring for a Dog That Pees A Lot
Sometimes, there is no treatment for a dog that pees excessively. Too much peeing is just something that happens to certain dogs, regardless of breed or sex, as soon as they reach a certain age.
Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to ease the pain and inconvenience.
Diapers may be necessary for dogs that reach a certain age, and they can definitely make life much easier for you in terms of clean-up.
There are a wide range of brands and types for you to choose from, though it’s best to pick a variety that snugly fits your dog.
You can also make your own out of materials that you currently have in the house.
This video gives more information on why there’s frequent urination in dogs.
The best way to live with an incontinent dog is to tailor their environment to their condition. One such method is buying washable rugs.
Make sure that they’re absorbent, easy to wash, and won’t retain any smell or stains. You can also ensure that your flooring is easy to clean, such as hardwood or vinyl, which can be thoroughly mopped rather than shampooed infrequently.
It also helps to lay down pee pads in different parts of the home, so that your dog won’t need to go far when they have to pee.
Learn How to Clean Up
If you own a dog, you likely know a few quality clean-up methods already. However, an incontinent dog will test your knowledge, so adding a few different techniques and cleaners to your repertoire will be a life-saver.
You may choose to use commercial cleaners or stick with those that you find in any kitchen.
A bottle of your favorite cleaner nearby can do wonders for your household; as with any stain, cleaning it immediately will be the most effective recourse.
Not an Immediate Cause for Concern
Frequent urination is messy, inconvenient and can be stressful to both dogs and their owners. Thankfully, this symptom isn’t a typical cause for concern.
If your dog pees too much, it’s likely a response to dehydration, their diet, or their unique routine. Solving it is as easy as changing their habits and establishing some precautions to ensure no messes are made indoors.
On the other hand, it usually means that owners will have to adapt to their dog’s condition and develop solutions for their home-life.
As a responsible dog owner, you simply need to maintain a close eye on the peeing habits of your dog to make sure that no other symptoms are present.
Have you dealt with your dog peeing a lot? What have you tried?