This detailed guide will show you exactly why your dog is peeing a lot and how this condition can be treated.
The sad truth is that we may not be able to address all your questions but if you are concerned about the frequent urination in your dog and how you can solve this problem then you will find this guide to be more valuable.
And without wasting much of your time let us now jump into the meat and bones of why your dog is suddenly letting loose the rivers of urine.
Why Your Dog Is Peeing A Lot?
Now that we have cleared how often your dog should urinate, let us now move to why your dog might be going above the normal urinary frequency.
Quite a number of factors can make a dog to pee a lot and in the next couple we shall be diving into much detail and fully explaining those factors.
The factors we shall be discussing include:
- Weather Conditions
- Territory Claiming
- Spay Incontinence
So without further ado, here is a detailed explanation of some of the factors that lead to a dog peeing a lot:
Being young and sometimes being old can come with a urinary condition called Polyuria.
Polyuria is defined as the abnormal production or passage of a large amounts of urine over a period of time.
Young ones of any species or in this case, puppies tend to pee a lot due to Polyuria. One of the reasons behind that is a lack of bladder control in puppies than older dogs.
Bladder control can be acquired with maturity and training but senior dogs tend to exhibit traits of Polyuria due medications and muscle failure which can come with old age.
So as far as age is concerned, Puppies tend to urinate more than older dogs and urinary frequency can also increase as the dog ages.
From 0 to 6 months puppies are expected to pee for an average of once every two hours.
Dogs tend to urinate frequently in warmer weather conditions.
This is mostly due to the fact that if a dog spends much time in warmer environments they are obviously going to overheat and as a result drink more water.
But dogs do not sweat like human beings so in order to regulate water levels within the body they will have to do so through a process called panting.
It is very difficult to define panting but it is basically breathing with short and quick breaths.
Panting uses more of the dog`s water stores but since they were drinking more water because of the heat, when they come back to a climate controlled environment the only effective way to lose the water is through urinating.
The pee as a result of drinking a lot of water is very clear.
Territorial marking is when an animal uses urine to claim a territory that they consider to be their own.
Whenever a dog is in a new environment peeing a lot is very common since they will be claiming the territory establishing authority over the environment.
So if your dog is peeing a lot after you have just moved then there is no need to worry;
They will come back to normal after they are fully convinced that they have established authority and signaled their presence on the environment.
Urinary Incontinence (UI) is defined as a loss of bladder control and it is mostly common in females.
Spay incontinence on the other hand can be defined as incontinence due to sterilization surgeries.
But it is very important to note that the problem does not come with the surgery but how the animal`s back is stretched during the surgery.
So you should not be afraid to get your dog spayed as long as you do it through a professional.
Symptoms of incontinence can be mild leaking and excessive wetting and this mostly due to muscles being weak or too active.
Pollakiuria is a term used to describe an increase in the frequency of urination during a specific period of time.
Please do note that all the conditions we have discussed earlier can actually be considered to be Pollakiuria as per the definition of the term but in this section we shall be discussing some of the medical causes of the condition.
The main causes of Pollakiuria include:
Urinary Tract Infections
Frequent urination is mostly caused by infections within the urinary tract which is made up of two kidneys, two ureters,a bladder and urethra.
But if your dog is suddenly peeing a lot it may be due to some infections in the lower urinary tract.
Lower urinary tract diseases usually cause the dog to feel the need to urinate before the bladder is full and the urine produced is very little.
Urinary Tract Infections are mainly caused by bacterial cystitis, tumors and stones within the bladder.
Symptoms of urinary tract infections may include:
- Pain or burning when urinating
- Fever, tiredness and shaking
- The urge to urinate often
- Urine that smells bad and looks cloudy or reddish
If you notice any of these symptoms on your dog and it happens to be peeing a lot, we strongly encourage you to visit your vet for inspection.
Polydipsia can be defined as a urinary disorder that results from the chronic and excessive intake of water.
This can be due to organic causes like diabetes mellitus which contribute a lot to excessive thirst.
So dogs with diabetes are most likely to have a consistent and excessive thirst which causes them to drink a lot of water and as a result there is a need to urinate a lot.
How Often Should Your Dog Pee
There are quite a number of factors that determine the urinary frequency in your dog.Like a younger dog would need to pee more than an older dog and a small dog will obviously urinate less than a big dog.
But even though there are a lot of variables involved in determining how often your dog should urinate and in what amounts, there are some universal factors that have proven to be more associated with the urinary frequency in dogs.
Some of these factors include age, body size, gender and the overall health of the dog.
If your dog is not sick then it is expected to produce between 15 to 20 ml of urine per pound (half of a kilogram) of body weight.
The excretion of the urine should be distributed evenly throughout the day.
And if your dog is just peeing a few times a day that might be a major concern as holding urine for a long time is believed to be one of the major causes of urinary tract infections and urinary stones.
On average, dogs are expected to go outside for about 3 to 5 times a day and quite a number of Veterinarians have recommended that adult dogs go no more than 6 to 8 hours without a good pee.
So if your dog is not falling within this range then there is a need for concern.
In the next section we shall discuss more about the increased frequency of urination in your dog.
Should You Be Worried?
Random increase in the urinary frequency of your dog should in most cases not be an issue to worry about.
This can be due to the fact that they are drinking a lot of water for that period or its just the weather conditions that are forcing them to pee a lot.
But if there is a consistent increase in the frequency of urinating then as a dog owner you might have a reason to worry.
And since the causes of a rise in urinary frequency are quite many, it is important to seek professional advice from your nearest Veterinarian.
Early diagnosis of some of the major factors leading to a lot of peeing in dogs can help save their lives and keep them healthy.
So it is important to take note of the normal peeing habits of your dog and if there is a consistent but sudden increase, rush to your nearest Veterinarian for professional advice.
There are many reasons that contribute to why your dog is peeing a lot and some of these reasons are just not enough reason to worry since they do not have a major effect on the overall health of your dog.
But some of the factors leading to an increase in the urinary frequency in dogs are serious reasons to worry especially if your dog`s health is of great importance to you.
Like, diabetes can cause a dog to pee a lot due to its association with excessive thirst and a sudden increase in the intake of water.
So we strongly encourage dog owners to always take notice of the normal frequency of urination in their dogs and to always for professional advice if their dogs continue to pee a lot over a long period.