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Peeing More (Increased Urination)

Increased urine volume (polyuria) and increased urination frequency (pollakiuria) in dogs are often signs of an underlying medical issue, such as diabetes and kidney disease. Sometimes a dog will display both, so try to note if one or both are present.

The causes for polyuria and pollakiuria are varied, and it is often accompanied by increased thirst or excessive drinking. Though not an emergency, it’s important for a vet to examine your dog as the causes will almost always require medical treatment. 

Treatment is varied based on the cause and stage of disease (if applicable), so any change in your dog’s urination habits indicates a trip to the veterinarian is needed. It’s very helpful to bring their urine sample with you for the veterinarian to test.

Pro tips for visiting the veterinarian:

  • Collect a urine sample (preferably first thing in the morning) and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Take note of changes in your dog’s urination habits and urine quality (color, smell, frequency, volume). These will all help your veterinarian in arriving at a diagnosis.
  • Also take note of any changes in your dog’s drinking habits or water intake, as these usually appear with increased urination (but not always). 
  • Each dog is different in their urination habits, so any changes from the usual are more a cause for concern than the absolute frequency.
  • Always have fresh, clean water available for your dog – taking their water away will not solve the underlying problem.

References for Increased Urination