Why Does My Dog Pee So Much?
If you’re a dog owner, you know that nature calls as much as it does for humans. But dogs have different ways of communicating, and peeing happens to be one of those behaviors. So, how do you differentiate between a dog that might be suffering some internal issue and those that indicate marking? In this post, we’ll explore some of the reasons why Fido pees so much and how you can identify if there’s a problem or not. Next, protect your pet with a Canine Liability Insurance policy.
Age has a lot to do with the frequency of urination. Whether they’ve just brought a new puppy home or are witnessing the early signs of a dog reaching seniority, first-time dog owners might be alarmed at how prolific or productive their dogs’ bladders are. Every dog is different, but on average, a healthy dog urinates once every four to six hours. Until they are about 5 or 6 months old, puppies tend to urinate twice as often, every two hours or so. Part of that is lack of bladder control, which they master with maturity, house-training, and force of habit. Polyuria can return naturally as part of the aging process or as a side effect if they are on certain medications, says Dogster.
In the heat of summer, your dog will require more water which, in turn, means an increased need to urinate. Especially when dogs spend ample time in high heat, they need to pant to regulate body temperature. If you’re concerned about your dog’s need to urinate, keep them in climate-controlled spaces.
When a dog considers somewhere his or her territory, they’ll pee on it to mark it. If you’re on a walk and your pup insists on peeing small amounts on leaves, fire hydrants, or fences, there’s no need to worry: they’re just marking their territory.
Urinary Tract Infection.
Unlike marking, incessant urination or urine with blood in it is likely from a urinary tract infection and should be treated immediately. This is more common in female dogs than male dogs, and can also be identified by taking a long time to urinate or whining while doing so.
Just like their human counterparts, dogs can get diabetes. In dogs, this form of diabetes arises when the digestive system cannot effectively convert food into usable energy. Much like a UTI, there are a host of additional symptoms beyond frequent urination. If your dog has increased thirst and appetite and low energy, consult with your veterinarian.
Remember, a healthy dog is a happy dog. With great oral health, it’s one less thing you have to worry about in terms of health and behavior.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.