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What is Frequent Urination?

Frequent urination in dogs can be divided into two categories—an incessant need to urinate, typically symptomatic of other diseases, and incontinence, which is more of a lack of awareness of urination. While incontinence can be the result of other diseases, it is also an affliction itself, resulting from problems in the body such as bladder infections, urethral blockage, or even natural aging. If you notice your pet urinating in abnormal places or at abnormal times, it may be incontinence. Some treatments include surgery, medications, and collagen injections.

Frequent urination can be the symptom of many other diseases or an indicator of urinary incontinence in your pet. If there are other accompanying symptoms, it’s possible that frequent urination could be the aftermath of diseases such as cancers, kidney diseases, and other rare diseases. Depending on what other symptoms your pet is exhibiting, it can be determined if the frequent urination is a symptom or the actual disease.

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Symptoms of Frequent Urination in Dogs

Urinary incontinence is involuntary urination. When your pet is experiencing urinary incontinence, they will likely have accidents in the house. This may happen when they are sleeping or when they are moving around the house. It’s important to meet with the veterinarian to determine if the incontinence is just that or if it is the symptom of another illness.

Types

To distinguish between the types of urinary incontinence, causation is used. There are a few causes that urinary incontinence can be identified by.

  • Urinary incontinence caused by ectopic ureters: This is the most common type of urinary incontinence in younger dogs.
  • Urinary incontinence caused by decreased urethral closure pressure: A decrease in urethral closure pressure can result from neurological problems and cause urinary incontinence.
  • Bladder infection
  • Blockage of urethra
  • Hormone-responsive incontinence
  • Age-related incontinence
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Causes of Frequent Urination in Dogs

As discussed in the types of urinary incontinence, there are three main causes of urinary incontinence.

  • Urinary incontinence caused by ectopic ureters

    : An ectopic ureter is an abnormal ureteral opening. This is most common in female dogs, and the following breeds are particularly susceptible: Miniature Poodle, Collie, Welsh Corgi, Wire-haired Fox Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Siberian Husky, Newfoundland and English Bulldog. Urinary tract infections are common with this form of urinary incontinence.

  • Urinary incontinence caused by decreased urethral closure pressure

    : Typically the result of neurological problems, a thorough neurological exam is required. The urinary incontinence will vary in occurrence, duration, and intensity.

  • Bladder infection: Though a bladder infection isn’t true incontinence (the pet is aware of urination), it presents in a very similar fashion. A bladder infection increases your pet’s urge to urinate or scars the bladder (when long standing) so that it cannot hold urine. This may cause urination in abnormal locations or frequent urination.
  • Blockage of urethra: If the dog is unable to completely empty their bladder because of the blockage, the built up pressure may force leaking.
  • Hormone-responsive incontinence: This occurs most commonly in female dogs though it can occur in male neutered dogs as well. This happens after the pet is neutered and may occur months or years after the actual procedure. It is more common in larger breeds of dogs.
  • Age-related incontinence is a more natural form of incontinence as it results from normal aging. This can result from a weakening of muscles or an overall susceptibility to disease that younger pets don’t have. Older pets can also become senile and not realize that they are urinating.

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Diagnosis of Frequent Urination in Dogs

There are a variety of tests that can aid in the diagnosis of incontinence. What test is used will depend on what symptoms are present and other health factors, such as age. Some tests used in diagnosis include:

  • Excretory urography (an x-ray of kidneys, ureters, and bladder)
  • Ultrasound of the abdomen
  • Urine cultures
  • Cystoscopy (endoscopy of the urinary bladder through the urethra)
  • Helical computed tomography (CT scan)
  • Blood tests
  • Urodynamics (test to determine effectiveness of bladder and urethra)
  • Cystometrogram (tests behavior of bladder and sphincter)
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Treatment of Frequent Urination in Dogs

Treatment can vary depending on the cause of incontinence and other related symptoms. Some common treatments include:

  • Surgery (specifically for ectopic ureters)
  • Pharmaceuticals – which drugs are prescribed depends on the cause. If no specific cause is determined, the veterinarian will likely prescribe drugs in trial periods and monitor results to determine if the treatment is successful.
  • Hormones
  • Collagen injections – your pet will be put to sleep and collagen deposits are injected through a cystoscope, creating a mechanical obstruction to the urethra, thus aiding in incontinence.
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Recovery of Frequent Urination in Dogs

The post-treatment recovery and management will largely depend on the course of treatment administered. In the event of surgery, there will be a post-surgery recovery period and monitoring by the veterinarian. Should pharmaceuticals or hormones be administered, you will likely need to monitor effectiveness and try multiple treatment options to find something that works. With collagen injections, there will be some recovery time after injections and a second round of injections may be required in some dogs. In all courses of treatment, you will need to monitor your pet’s urination frequency, duration and severity to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.

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Frequent Urination Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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In the past hour my puppy has peed 7-8 times and she just peed in the house right after bringing her in from outside where she peed twice.

Aug. 7, 2020

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Thank you for your question. From your description, it sounds like she may have a bladder infection, and that is something that it would be best to have looked at by a veterinarian as soon as possible. They will be able to examine her, see what might be going on, test her urine if needed, and get medication so that she feels better and is back to normal. I hope that all goes well for your

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My 7 year old female Shi-tzu - has probably had Cushing's disease since I rescued her 3 years ago. She has ALWAYS had urinary frequency and incontinence... The vet just ran a special hormone test - and she is extrememly positive - for Cushing's.. I was wondering - can I consider any medications or supplements - to treat the urinary symptoms? I have to keep pads All Over my living room - as when I am away and cannot take her out - she goes on the pads or even other places. Your advice would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Sept. 5, 2018

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Frequent Urination After Repaired Urethra
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Hi. 5 days ago we had to have our almost 7 month old bluenose bully neutered as a way to correct his extreme urethra prolapse. He was bleeding uncontrollably. Now he seems to be exhibiting signs of a possible UTI. Frequent urination in the house, in his kennel, outside. It's seemed to increase the passed couple of days. Sometimes it's just dribbles. He now pees multiple times rather then his big one at the beginning. He's on antibiotics and ibuprofen for dogs. He has a post op appt on Thursday but was hoping to get some advice. I have cleaned up so much, too much pee today.

July 4, 2018

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You never mentioned a timeline so it is difficult to know whether it is some expected inflammation, infection or due to another cause; if Sampson is continuing to dribble you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to ensure that the current treatment (antibiotics and anti inflammatories) are the right course of action. Your Veterinarian will also take a urine sample to check for the basics to rule out any infections. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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I have an 11 year old terrier mix. He's about a 45 lb. dog. I walk him twice a day, up to 2 miles, morning and evening. We had to build him a pee proof kenneled area because of the peeing problem. It is quite a large area (15 X 20 ft) of the house while we are away. My problem is: He drinks water constantly, and is literally "flooding" his area with urine all day and all night. No exaggeration. I have never seen so much pee out of such a small dog! And it is constant, even on our walks, he pees for quite a while each time we stop. He's never had any health problems, he is neutered, good appetite. He's a VERY high energy dog despite his age and I have often thought that maybe that is why he started doing this, but it has gotten so bad, I really need some help.

May 7, 2018

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There are many reasons that dogs will start to drlink and urinate more. Kidney disease and diabetes happen more commonly in older dogs, as do urinary tract infections. it would be a good idea to have Chulo seen by your veteinarian and have some lab work done, checking his blood and urine for abnormalities. Many problems are controllable if caught early. i hope that everything goes well for him.

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Frodo normally gets taken out about every 2-3 hours to go pee, and poops normally twice a day. But lately he is wanting to go out to pee a lot more. Today is the worst. He goes out to pee and only about a tablespoon (if that) comes out. Literally about 20 minutes later he is barking, and won't stop, as he wants to go pee & the same thing happens. He isn't drinking any more than normal. The pee was a darker yellow this evening. This morning is was a very pale yellow to clear & around lunchtime too. He does have a 'brother' that is 2yrs old & also a bichonpoo, they are both neutered. They have both had UTI problems before, so vet recommended a prescription diet for urine issues! Help!!!

April 18, 2018

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If Frodo is showing signs of a urinary issue, and has a history of urinary issues, it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian to have an examination and see if he is having problems with an infection, or otherwise. They'll be able to examine him, determine what is going on with him, and see what treatment he may need. The behavior that you describe isn't normal for him, and would be best to be examined. I hope that all goes well for him.

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My dog came to my home 2 months ago, he keeps peing every 2 hours. I already potty trained him, he pees most of the time in the potty, with some exceptions when i am not looking. The problem is, i cant sleep at night because he is waking me every 2-3 hours to pee, he does it too frequently. Is this normal at his age?

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I rescued a 6 year old english bulldog a few months ago and he just started having issues with urination. Even after a walk he would pee indoors, several times. The other day I woke up to him laying in his urine. I took him straight into the shower and got him all cleaned up. And even after he still urinated. I feel it might be his age but I am still very concerned.

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I have an 8 week old Aussie. We are working on potty training but I noticed when he tries to go potty he does 5 or 6 times in a row. I noticed in the house he is trying to pee but is only dribble peeing

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My dog is a 14 year old Staffordshire bull terrier she has always been really good at urinating outside, she would never urinate in the house. Recently she has been on antibiotics due to blood in her urine and urinating constantly in the house and in the hallway (very new behaviour). This has helped slightly (as in there in no more blood in her urine) however she still continues to urinate in the house despite having 4-5 walks everyday. My neighbours are constantly making complaints and it’s becoming very distressing for both my dog and myself. Is there anything I can do? Please help

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Bella, a 10 year old Papillon now has to urinate every 2 hours. She will wait at the front door however if we don't see her, she has started to urinate in the house. Why?

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