Is your dog peeing a lot? Should you worry?

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Is your dog peeing a lot? Should you worry?

The Author:

Micka V.

"Every dog is different but on average, puppies and senior dogs urinate more."

How often is frequent urination in dogs? You're probably not the only pet parent who's wondered if your dog is peeing a lot. Polyuria is a term that means "peeing a lot" or "urinating excessively", but not necessarily an illness.

Because in fact, there are an array of reasons, factors, and conditions that can affect your dog's frequent urination.

Learn what is normal for your dog and what is not so you'll know when to call your vet for a talk.

FREQUENT URINATION CAUSES

Age and aging

How old is your dog? A dog's age can greatly impact how frequent your dog will urinate. Every dog is different but on average, puppies and senior dogs urinate more. Puppies because they are not yet fully able to control their bladder and seniors because there urinary sphincters (two muscles used to control the exit of urine in the urinary bladder through the urethra) weaken.

Seasonal/weather changes

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A change in weather, season or climate can affect your dog's frequency of urination. In warmer months, your dog will need more water. Since you dog doesn’t sweat the way that you do, he regulates his body temperature by panting, which uses more of his body’s water sources, thus the frequent urination.

In colder months, your dog's body tries to keep his core warm by constricting blood vessels and reducing blood flow to the skin.

To regulate the blood pressure, the kidney filters out some of the excess fluid from the blood, to reduce its volume. As his bladder fills up with the excess fluid, he feels the frequent urge to pee.

Spay/neuter incontinence

Ironically, while getting a dog fixed can lessen the chances of him creating accidents, spaying/neutering can also lead to cases of incontinence. There is a big difference between a dog peeing frequently because he needs to, and a dog experiencing incontinence where one urinates involuntarily.

Health conditions

As a pet parent, knowing that your dog is suffering from something can be very overwhelming and stressful. Especially if it's a urinary disease. Your dog might be suffering from the following:

Urinary Tract Infection. When your dog has a urinary tract infection (UTI), he will be having a hard time urinating and may have blood in his urine. And because the infection irritates his organ, it increases your dog's need to urinate.

Diabetes. Diabetes is a disorder that happens between the glucose-insulin connection in the body. If your dog has diabetes, you'll notice he'll start to vomit more frequently, lose his appetite, have lesser energy, kidney infections and a UTI.

Kidney Infection. Kidney infection happens when your dog is exposed to toxins and infections that causes the kidney to lose its capabilities to function well for the body. A dog that has a kidney failure will drink too much and will urinate more than usual.

Frequent urination in dog at night can also be affected with an underlying health condition. If your dog is peeing at nigh more than he used to, a medical problem could be affecting his stress levels and sleep.

PROPER MANAGEMENT

When your dog is frequently urinating (regardless of the cause), you can help him manage it and improve his quality of life.

Provide proper nutrition. Providing your dog a good, healthy diet is a perfect way to boost up his wellness and replenish the fluids lost due to his frequent urination.

Be on top of his hygiene. Bathe your dog regularly and groom him to keep him clean and happy.

Dog diapers and pee pads. Dog diapers and pee pads are such great help in keeping your dog comfortable and your home clean since dogs who urinate frequently tend to create more accidents at home.

Visit your vet. If you worry about your dog peeing too much, consult your vet for peace of mind. Taking your dog to the vet will clear all your confusions because the vet will perform tests for proper diagnosis and prescribe the right treatment.

Many conditions can make your dog pee frequently and you should be able to learn to identify which is which so you can manage it properly - all this for a happy, healthy life for you and your buddy.

"If you worry about your dog peeing too much, consult your vet for peace of mind. Taking your dog to the vet will clear all your confusions because the vet will perform tests for proper diagnosis and prescribe the right treatment."

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