Excessive urination in dogs is not normal. And if your dog starts to urinate a lot, you should take him to the veterinarian doctor. Usually, the causes of the excessive urination are urinary tract infections, kidney problem, bladder stone, or even prostate problems. Ignoring the problem will only worsen it. With that being said, health issues may not be the only reason why your dog is urinating frequently.
Find Out Why Your Dog Is Peeing A lot
Urinary problems are a common occurrence in house pets such as dogs and cat. Excessive urination in dogs can cause a lot of headache to dog owners, as the habit can mess up the furniture, floors, and so on. It is important to house train your dog if you wishes for her to spend a lot of time in the house. You should also make sure she has access to the yard, where she can urinate when she feels the urge. Holding it in for long periods is not good. However, if your house-trained dog starts to urinate much more than she used to, and starts having accidents indoor, then you should take note, as this is usually a symptom of illness.
Illness is not always the reason for excessive urination in dogs; the frequent urination may be due to a change in weather, change in diet, or even change in exercise routine. If your dog starts peeing a lot, you have made changes to her diet recently. That could be the reason. If, however, you cannot think of any lifestyle changes that could be causing the incontinence, then it is likely to consider the fact that your dog is sick. You should watch out for symptoms, and take your dog to the veterinarian doctor. Your veterinarian will ask for the other symptoms that you had taken note of.
The vet will also request a urine sample so be sure to collect some. The vet will use this to do a urinalysis (UA).
Collecting The Urine Sample – The Steps
- Put on a pair of rubber gloves, so that you do not get the urine on you.
- For female dogs, place a clean aluminum pie plate under her as she squats to collect the urine.
- For male dogs, use a clean container to collect the urine midstream.
- Take the urine sample to the vet as soon as possible. Letting it sit for hours will cause changes.
Common Causes Of Excessive Urination In Dogs
Here are some of the more common causes of frequent urination in dogs. Some of these illnesses can be quite serious; this makes it important to take your dog for checkup, diagnosis, and treatment. Waiting for the problem to worsen will only cause the dog more pain and discomfort, increase the amount you will spend on treating the sickness or even lead to permanent damages.
- UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). This illness is much more common amount female dogs and is the top cause of excessive urination in female dogs. Other symptoms of UTI include blood in urine and straining to urinate. The dog may also develop a fever and become sluggish. If UTI is not treated properly (such as if prescribed medication is not given until the end of the prescribed period of time), the dog may develop recurrent urinary tract infection. This is when the UTI keeps coming back.
- Bladder Stones. Bladder stones can be as a result of UTI, which is not treated on, early. The other symptoms of bladder stones also include straining to urinate and also blood. Proper diagnosis will determine if your dog has stones. A change in diet or surgery may be necessary to remove the stones. If the dog is suffering from UTI, that also has to be treated.
- Cushing’s Disease. This is a disease that affects old dogs. Other signs (apart from excessive urination) of Cushing’s disease include weak muscle tone, sagging potbelly, hair loss, excessive panting, drinking more water and an increase in appetite. The most common cause of Cushing’s disease is a benign tumor in the pituitary gland.
- Diabetes. Dogs who have developed diabetes develop a good appetite, but still lose weight. They also drink a lot of water and this causes them to urinate often.
- Kidney Problems. The two main causes of kidney problems include hormonal imbalance, especially in old dogs, and chronic kidney failure. Other symptoms may include very pale urine. You should send the dog for a checkup as soon as possible.
- Liver Disease. Liver diseases such as liver shunt and inflammation can cause the dog to drink water excessively and urinate frequently. Other signs (apart from excessive urination) of liver disease include lethargy, general weakness, diarrhea and vomiting, and a lack of appetite.
- Prostate Problems. Male dogs suffer from this. This is usually the most common reason for excessive urination among male dogs; if there have been no change in lifestyle or weather. Other symptoms may include, blood in the urine (usually this is a sign of a bacterial infection causing inflammation), and straining to urinate. Causes of prostate problems include bacterial infections and prostate enlargement (much more common in old dogs).
- Psychogenic Polydipsia. This is a behavioral problem where the dog drinks a lot of water compulsively and urinates a lot. This is purely a behavioral problem. Your dog may be stressed or bored. It is important to take her for long walks and keep her occupied. This can help resolve the problem. You may also have to monitor the amount of water the dog consume and out some dog diapers on her.
- Territory Marking. When a female coming into heat is around, a male dog may start urinating indoors and on objects as a way to make his territory. Dog diapers can help solve this problem. It will also discourage the dog from peeing.
- Pregnancy. Growing fetuses occupy more space in the abdomen. As a result, there is less room for urinary bladder filling, so she urinates a lot more. Hormonal changes can also lead to excessive urination.