Inappropriate Urination

As a dog owner, you may be more comfortable if you know that your dog is enjoying maximum health all the time. One of the metrics that can measure your pet’s health is through closely monitoring his urinary output. Just like humans, dogs too can be harmed with diseases that manifest as alterations in urinary pattern and even some abnormalities in urinary frequency. The latter has also become one of the dog owner’s most common concerns nowadays.

Excessive episodes of urination can be brought about by too much drinking of fluids. This is perhaps the single most obvious reason why dogs tend to urinate more often than what is expected at a daily scale. However, there are a lot of reasons why dogs tend to drink more than what they usually do. In one instance, your pet may have felt a need to drink more due to the very hot environmental climate. Especially for outdoor pets, they can easily feel thirsty under the heat of the sun. That’s why it is your responsibility as the owner to closely watch your pet and see if he drinks an abnormal amount of water or not. Nevertheless, controls have to be set so as to limit this abnormal drinking habit whenever appropriate.

Secondly, dogs urinate much because of the presence of some illnesses involving the urinary system. Cystitis or inflammation of the bladder is the primary culprit for excessive urination. Because of an easily irritated bladder lining, the dog tends to urinate more frequently than normal. The bladder can no longer effectively store urine because the acidity of the urine easily irritates the already inflamed bladder lining. Take note, cystitis can bring about frequent urination and not too much urine coming out from every peeing episode.

Cystitis, in itself, can be caused by an acute bacterial infiltration. This is more likely to occur in female dogs rather than in male canines because of the shorter anatomy of the former’s urethra. In the end, cystitis can induce crystallization of the urine that can worsen to the formation of stones. The presence of such within the bladder cavity can cause trauma to the bladder wall, which can lead to another secondary infection.

So how can you watch out for signs of this disease? Whenever your dog experiences cystitis, your pet will have some little traces of blood in his or her urine. Often, these traces are not that visible to the naked eye that’s why certain diagnostic tests are required to spot these seeming invisible red traces. Aside from blood in the urine, cystitis can also lead to painful urination and places the dog under much stress whenever he feels the urge to urinate.

Hence, if ever you notice your dog experience the following symptoms: blood in the urine, painful urination and great stress or difficulty upon urination then you can already suspect possible cystitis. Bring your pet to the vet to have him checked at the earliest time possible. 

Disclaimer

This pet health article is for reference only.

If your pet is showing any symptoms or distress, and you suspect your pet is ill CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY.