Frequent Urination

A variety of conditions can cause frequent urination in dogs. Diagnostic lab tests reveal the truth.

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Luckily, frequent urination is usually easy to diagnose.

Collect a fresh urine sample using a soup ladle (hold it under her as she urinates), and store it in a clean container in the refrigerator. (Be sure to label the container so it is not mistaken for something else by a household member!) See your vet as soon as possible, and have them analyze the urine. The sample should not sit more than a few hours or the results of tests may not be accurate. Your veterinarian may want to do X-rays to rule out bladder stones or some more sophisticated testing for a hormonal disease like Addison's Disease, diabetes mellitus or diabetes insipidis.

 

Let your veterinarian do a thorough physical exam and run a few tests, and you will probably have your answer. Like a good detective, your veterinarian will eliminate suspects one at a time, and you will be left with the diagnosis. Once diagnosed, most causes of frequent urination are straightforward to treat.

Best,
Jon Geller, DVM

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Dee   Colonia, NJ

7/23/2011 5:17:02 PM

All of a sudden my female 4 month old pitbull pup can't hold her bladder. She was fine all day & then peed on my bed then on the floor & in her crate and 10 more times outside. Any suggestions?

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Jared   Houma, LA

9/19/2010 9:21:01 AM

Very informative article and very helpful information.

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Elizabeth   Ponce, PR

2/9/2010 4:35:59 PM

Hi: my dog Poky was diagnosed with infection and has been on antibiotics for around 1 week 2 x a day, but she still urinates with blood and very frecuently...sometimes it just a quarter size of very reddish urine (mostly blood) and other times its heavy and like every half hour...is this normal?? EGR, Puerto Rico

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