Reasons and Remedies for Excessive Urination in Dogs
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Reasons and Remedies for Excessive Urination in Dogs

There are multiple reasons a dog may have problems with excessive urination from behavioral to medical issues. Most times excessive urination is associated with excessive drinking and a medical issues. Learn the signs and symptoms of a dog with excessive urination and the treatment options in the case of a urinary tract infection.

When a dog urinates excessively, you may think it is due to behavioral problems. Sometimes it is - for spite or due to stress – or the pup just forgot the initial training of where to go. Other times your dog may want to go out more often than usual, making you wonder if there is a medical problem for this action or is it because the dog wanted to go outside to see another animal or something else of interest.

The most frequent medical reason for excessive urination (along with excessive thirst) is due to kidney and urinary problems. When a dog goes out often, straining to urinate unsuccessfully, this is significant of a urinary tract infection or UTI. This is a common condition in dogs and the causes can vary. Dogs that are left at home for long periods of time without being able to urinate often enough can be susceptible to a UTI. Other causes may include bladder stones, bacterial and viral infections. Although the female dog is more prone to the infection, male dogs can be affected as well. Cats are rarely affected. Early detection is best as a very observant pet parent.

Aside from the excessive urination, other visible signs and symptoms to watch out for is a alteration in diet such as a loss of appetite and vomiting, is your dog constipated or having diarrhea and has there been any abrupt changes in your dog’s normal behaviors. Another thing to watch for when your dog urinates is the presence of blood or a foul odor. As soon as you notice any of these indications with your dog, call your veterinarian immediately.

When bringing your dog in for a medical visit, your veterinarian will perform a medical exam as well as some diagnostic tests such as a urinalysis, complete blood count, x-rays and ultrasound. The result of these tests can help determine proper treatment. The symptoms noted can be an indication of a urinary tract infection as well as kidney stones, diabetes, liver and renal failure and so much more. That’s why it is important that you observe anything unusual in your dog in order to catch the condition in its early stage and get proper treatment.

If the condition is indeed a UTI, antibiotic therapy will be prescribed. You will need to work closely with your veterinarian in order to get your dog healthy by following his orders and recommendations. Further at home care should include an ample supply of fresh water for your dog, along with the ability to relieve himself as often as necessary.  If you must be away from home for a long period of time, try to find someone who can at least take your dog outside at some point throughout the day.  A dog that does not have access to relieve itself for a long period of time can create further health issues. Try to stay on top of these issues with your dog and take note of any changes as they happen so that you can keep your dog healthy and happy.                                                                                 

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