Stop My Dog’s Late-Night Needs

Once a dog passes puppyhood, he should be able to hold it all night.


Q. My 11-month-old Labrador Retriever Jaxon has to go to the bathroom at night. I have to get up early in the morning, so I can’t get up two or three times each night to let him out. How can I get him to wait until the morning to go?

A. When a dog past the infant stage has to potty two to three times every night, it often indicates a urinary tract infection or other health problem. At 11 months, dogs in normal health can generally sleep all night without needing a potty outing. Take Jaxon to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

The vet will give him a thorough physical exam and probably will need to do a urine culture, and possibly other diagnostic tests, to determine if hidden health issues are the cause of Jaxon's frequent nightly elimination. Most health issues that cause overly frequent elimination can be cured if found early and given proper medical treatment.


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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

8/1/2013 9:41:24 PM

Good information. thanks

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Pat   St Louis, MO

1/26/2009 9:44:54 AM

I agree that the dog should be checked out by the vet just to be sure that there is no medical problem like a bladder infection. But I would also ask this question: Does the dog really have to go? My rescue played me when she first arrived...pawing at the bed and whining during the night. After a few nights of this, I noticed that all she really wanted was to go outside and play. If she did potty, it was sort of an afterthought. So I took a gamble and refused to let her out in the middle of the night. Guess what? No wet carpet! After a few days, she gave up trying to con me into a 2:00 AM play session.

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