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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

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.

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)

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.

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.

Frequent Urination Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Cholo
terrier
11 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

excessive urination

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.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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
Bichonpoo
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

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!!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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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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McClintock
Border Collie
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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Frequent Urination

My 11 month old male Border Collie started having issues with frequent urination today. He realized he has to go at times because he has been peeing by the door. But it seems like every 15-30 minutes he is outside peeing and does this several times before coming back into the house. The only thing different he is doing is eating the snow from the snow storm.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. One of the most common causes for that type of behavior, when it starts to happen all of a sudden, can be a urinary tract infection. He may be eating more snow and needing to urinate more often, as well, but since it is a new behavior, it would be best to have him seen by your veterinarian, as they can analyze his urine and make sure that nothing is wrong, or treat him if he has a problem. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Penny
Catahoula Leopard Dog
1 Year
Mild condition
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Frequent Urination itchy Skin
Frequent Urination

My dog has been having itchy skin for about 2-3 months. I changed her food, checked for ticks and bathed her frequently. Nothing helped so I eventually took her to the vet. They said she was in perfect helf except for the dry itchy skin. They gave us a flea treatment just Incase and some prescription shampoo. After her visit she was a little sore from her updated rabies shot and a week later(today) I notice she’s peeing more frequently today and some of the time she squats to pee, she doesn’t even go. Could these thing be related?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An increase in urination is a common side effect of many medications, vaccines and other products; you should keep an eye on Penny to see if this behaviour continues or resolves itself. If there is no change over the next few days you should pop back into your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tigger
Terrier/Spaniel mix
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinary Frequency/Incontinence

Tigger is a spayed female 12 year old Terrier/Spaniel mix. She has recently begun having urinary accidents in the house (3 times in 2 weeks) and has gotten us up each night at least once to go out to urinate. Historically, she would wake us once a week or so to go out. There have been no changes to diet. She is weight appropriate to size and does not display any changes to indicate senility. . . thoughts?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Tigger may have a UTI, or may have a systemic disease that is causing her to urinate more. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, run any lab work that might be needed, and determine what is happening with Tigger and how best to treat it. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Rudy
Golden Retriever
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

My 3mo old male golden retriever has had an incontinence issue for 3 weeks. He's potty trained, knows to go to the door when he has to pee, but seems to be unable to hold it in. Took him to the vet for urinalysis and it showed no sign of UTI. He did have a high level of struvite, so now he is on a prescription diet to get rid of the crystals. The vet gave me a lecture on potty training, but I really don't think that's the issue. Something is wrong. He has to pee every 30 minutes and can't seem to hold his pee in for 10 minutes in the evening. I need help. I really don't think it's a behavioral issue and I understand he is growing and so is his bladder, but I'm afraid it's something else.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorrry that Rudy is having these problems. It is uncommon for a 3 month old dog to have struvite crystals, and those do often occur in the face of an infection. You can talk with your veterinarian about treating him with a course of antibiotics to make sure that you are covering your bases, or if you feel that you need another opinion, it never hurts to get a second opinion. I hope that he is okay.

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Boby
Yorkshire Terrier
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Frequent Urination

My dog is almost 10 years old and he all of a sudden has been peeing every hour or 2, I’m getting worried and I don’t know how to treat him or help him, he’s bloated and whimps when I pick him up, what can I do to help him or make him feel better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons why Boby may be urinating more frequently which include urinary tract infections, poisoning, hormonal conditions, spinal disorders, dietary changes among other causes; if there is bloating of the abdomen, it may be attributable to Cushing’s due to an increase in intraabdominal fat. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and urinalysis to start with follow up tests as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cody
terrier
4 Years
Fair condition
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Frequent Urination

My dog I'd almost five yrs old. He never pee'd in the house until recently. It's been here and there for the past four months. I thought, initially, the reason was because we moved into a new place since I had him. Although not too frequent, it's new for him. But, today he pee'd twice in the house, after going on two separate walks. I honestly think it's his bladder vs behavior. I'm concerned...is there a way to tell it's his bladder?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually in cases of behavioural urination we see dogs urinating in the same places around the home, in cases of incontinence or other medical issues we see a dog doing their business anywhere in the home; this is a general guide not a rule. The first step would be to have urinalysis done by your Veterinarian and then an examination to determine if something more serious is going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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