Have you ever suspected that your dog pees too much? If so, have you ever wondered how many times a day your dog should be peeing?
There can be a wide range of normal, and some dog trainers and veterinarians report that smaller dogs pee more often than larger dogs. Puppies definitely urinate more frequently, too. That said, going every four to eight hours is common for your average dog.
Understanding Your Dog’s Routines
Should you worry about your dog’s potty habits?
Start by paying closer attention. Jot down the information to track every time your dog pees in a day (and where). This will provide you with a baseline for your dog’s usual potty schedule and needs.
Assess your dog’s behaviors, too. Is she whining and crying at the door to go out? Is she marking tiny drops, or releasing full puddles?
Monitoring your dog’s fluid intake will also provide you with clues. Is she drinking more water? Is it because the temperature is extra hot outside?
Excessive Peeing: Medical Issues
These warning signs indicate illness or infection in your dog:
- Straining to pee
- Unusual odor
- Excessive drinking
- Blood in the urine
Blood, or even a dark orange to red color, might show a urinary tract infection. Whether or not you see blood in her urine, if you get a sense that your dog is straining or uncomfortable, if her behavior seems different, your local veterinarian should be your first stop.
According to Studio Animal Hospital vet Dr. Mike McClenahan, “Bladder infections, stones, or inflammation, for example, can be extremely painful for your pet and will require medical care. No fun letting your dog suffer and driving yourself mad with accidents she wouldn’t be able to help if a health issue is occurring.”
Getting a full examination performed on your dog, including taking a urine sample to be cultured, may rule out bladder or urinary tract complications. Find out what’s going on; it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If it seems abnormal, they might require alternative tests at your vet’s office, such as taking bloodwork or doing X-Rays to make sure a disease like Cushing’s isn’t at play.
Cushing’s disease occurs when a dog’s body produces too much cortisol hormone, which in turn gets stored in the adrenals above the kidneys.
Another illness to test for is the possibility of diabetes, which happens when a dog’s pancreas stops making sufficient insulin. This hormone is necessary to regulate glucose and without appropriate amounts, blood sugar levels soar.