I'm sure you've had this problem before--your dog just won't stop peeing on the carpet. You've tried to crate him when you leave the house, you've tried giving him more exercise, you've tried giving him more water...the list goes on.
You've even tried those expensive remedies that are supposed to work, but still nothing. Things can get pretty frustrating when your pet is peeing all over the house. What gives?
Some of the Most Common Medical Reasons Dogs Pee More Than Usual
Did you know that most pet owners don't know the medical reason behind why their pet is peeing so much? Usually, it's something that can be treated. Below is a list of the most common medical reasons dogs pee more than usual:
1. A dog peeing a lot may be caused by age and aging
Does your dog pee a lot? If so, it may be caused by age and aging. As dogs get older their kidneys start to fail and they will pee more frequently. The first thing you should do is take your pet to the vet to see if there are any other possible causes.
Dog's peeing more may not always be a health problem. It can be a normal (although annoying) part of aging, due to the way aging affects the parts of the dog's system that control the flow of urine.
For instance, when the muscles that surround the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body) weaken, the dog may not be able to hold in his urine for as long as he once did, which will cause him to pee more often.
2. A dog peeing a lot might signal overheating or increased thirst
A dog peeing a lot might signal overheating or increased thirst. A dog that is hot or thirsty may drink a lot of water and then pee a large amount of urine a short time later.
It can be easy to miss the signs that your dog is suffering from a medical problem. Your dog may be hiding symptoms on purpose, or they might simply be so routine that you don't notice them anymore.
For example, you might think your dog is peeing a lot because you haven't been able to take them out for a walk, but the real reason for that is something more serious. A dog peeing a lot might signal overheating or increased thirst.
3. Marking may be a culprit for a dog peeing a lot
Many dog owners have a problem with their dogs peeing in the house, but many dog owners don’t know that marking may be the culprit for a dog peeing a lot. Dogs are territorial animals and will use any opportunity to mark their territory.
This may be a tree, bed, chair, door, or even a closet. Dogs have scent glands all over their bodies and when they go to the bathroom, they will mark the spot with their scent. Dogs that mark are normally male dogs. Female dogs are less likely to mark.
Marking behaviors are often confused with the more common house training problems. Marking is not house training. Both male and female dogs who are marking will often urinate frequently, often indoors, while dogs who are house trained will not.
Therefore, it’s important to understand the differences between these two behaviors so that a distinction can be made between the inappropriate urination issue and the marking behavior.
4. Spay incontinence may cause a dog to pee a lot
When your dog is having trouble urinating, he may be suffering from a condition known as "spay incontinence." Spay incontinence can be caused by a number of factors, including cancer, urinary tract infection and spay incontinence.
In your dog, spay incontinence usually occurs after she has been spayed, but it can occur after any kind of abdominal surgery. Male dogs can also suffer from spay incontinence when they have been neutered.
If your dog has been spayed, there's a chance she may begin to exhibit signs of incontinence and may even begin to urinate more frequently than she used to.
Spaying your dog is the removal of her reproductive organs, and is often performed to prevent unplanned puppies from being born. Since the surgery removes the dog's reproductive organs, it also eliminates her hormones, which can cause changes in her when she goes into heat.
When a female dog is in heat, her hormones work to stimulate the creation of eggs. When the eggs are not fertilized, they are expelled through the vagina. After spaying, the dog is no longer able to create eggs, which means her hormones are greatly reduced, which can cause her to pee a lot.
5. A urinary tract infection (UTI) could be the reason behind a dog peeing a lot
A urinary tract infection (UTI) could be the reason behind a dog peeing a lot, and there are a number of things dog owners can do to ensure a happy and healthy life for themselves and their pets. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract, the system of organs that takes care of removing urine from the body.
A dog urine infection (cystitis) is caused by a bacterial infection. Symptoms of a dog urine infection include increased frequency of urination, a strong urge to urinate, licking and biting at the genital area, blood in the urine, urinating in unusual places, and a bad smell coming from the urethra.
6. A dog peeing a lot might signal diabetes
Dog pee is a very strong-smelling and pungent liquid, that when coming from an animal that has not been trained to use a litter box is quite a nuisance. Additionally, if your dog is peeing a lot, it is usually a sign that something is wrong with his health.
The litter box can be a great way to hide pet accidents and control odors, but sometimes a dog will still choose to go outside. This is especially true if you are not at home and your pet has no one to let him out. In this situation, your dog may have accidents on your carpet.
The idea of diabetes in dogs may seem shocking, but in reality, it is far more common than you think. According to the Association for Pet Diabetes, around 29% of dogs will develop diabetes at some point in their lives, and once a dog is diagnosed with the condition, it is essential that they maintain a consistent routine.
One of the most common health issues that is noticed in a dog that has been diagnosed with diabetes is that they have frequent urination or that they are urinating in unusual places.
Urine is one of the most important ways that dogs and cats communicate with each other. It not only marks territory but it also tells other animals a lot about a dog or cat’s gender, health, and social status. Most dogs and cats can urinate on command, but there are some situations that can cause your pet to urinate in the house when you are not around.
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