Is your dog asking to go outside more than usual? Are they waking you up during the night to go pee, when normally they wouldn’t need to?
If you notice your dog asking to go outside more than usual, or if they are having accidents in the house even after they’ve just been outside, these are indications that your dog may be urinating more than normal. Every dog is different, so learning your dog’s regular routine will help you spot a problem when their bathroom habits suddenly change.
Most dogs need to urinate every 4 to 6 hours; however, some dogs can hold their bladder much longer, around 8-10 hours. Puppies are an exception, as they usually need to go outside every 2 hours.
- Take note of the frequency, volume, color and the smell of your dog’s urine.
- Look out for any signs of discomfort when they are urinating, such as straining, whimpering/vocalization or increased licking of their genitals.
A dog who is peeing too much is also likely going to be drinking more, so you may find yourself filling up water bowls more often or catching them drinking from puddles. Getting to know your dog’s regular routine will allow you to notice any changes in their habits right away.
It’s important to note that frequent urination (pollakiuria) and excessive urination volume (polyuria) are not the same thing, although sometimes a dog will display both. They may indicate different diseases, so it’s important to be specific when noting changes in your dog’s urination.