How Long Can a Dog Go Without Peeing?

How Long Can a Dog Go Without Peeing?

How long can a dog go without peeing

As humans, we all can understand the urge we feel when it comes to nature’s call, so there is no need to think that the situation is different for our tail wagers. So, how long can a dog go without peeing? This question is essential for those dog owners who leave for day-long work or enjoy traveling with their furry friends.

On average, a dog needs to go out to pee after every 6 to 8 hours. It means you need to take your puppy out to pee at least 4 to 5 times a day to prevent any accident in your house; moreover, holding pee for more than 8 hours will be harmful to your dog’s health.

Factors Affecting the Peeing Habits of Dogs

A few factors can help a dog owner decide how long a dog can go without peeing and what is and isn’t the tentative amount of time your furry friend can hold his pee. These factors are given below:

1. Age

As discussed above, pups need to go out to pee more often because they have smaller bladders, rendering them unable to control pee for longer times. Besides, they drink more water than adult dogs. 

On the other hand, a young and healthy dog can control his pee for much longer. Still, as he gets older, he will be unable to hold his pee for this long and would need to urinate more frequently because of the health issues associated with the aging process.

2. Breed or Size

If your dog belongs to a smaller breed, Chihuahua for instance, he will pee after short intervals than bigger dogs. Also, the small dogs mark their territory more often while peeing, so they might ask you to take them out more frequently.

3. Lack of Physical Activity

When your canine buddy does not get enough exercise, he will pee more often. For example, an English bulldog who is not engaged in enough physical activity will pee intermittently than a Schipperke who tends to be more active.

4. Hydration

The level of hydration affects the peeing habit of your dog. When your puppy or dog drinks more water or consumes foods with high water content, he will need to pee more often.

5. Medications 

Medications like diuretics or steroids stimulate water in a dog’s body; therefore, they pee more than usual. If your puppy is on any of these medications and is peeing more, consider this an effect of these medicines.

6. Obesity

Obesity is a big problem in dogs; as dogs become obese, they will be less active and pee more because they eat and drink during the day. Encouraging your furry friend to lose weight will help lessen this problem.

Triggers of Frequent Urination in Dogs

You may sometimes wonder why your pup is urinating more often than usual; dogs have many reasons for frequent urination. For example, fear and anxiety can cause unexpected urination. Furthermore, a lot of health issues can also lead to peeing in quick successions. Some of these medical problems are given below:

  • Psychological or behavioral problems
  • Side effects of medication
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Other hormonal disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Polyuria and Pollakiuria
  • Kidney failure
  • Tumors

Problems with Making Dogs Hold Their Pee

Unlike humans, dogs can’t communicate their need to pee; therefore, veterinarians suggest that you should never make your doggy hold his pee for more than six hours because holding pee for a long time can cause severe health issues. Once in a while won’t harm your dog, but constantly making him wait to go out will make him very uncomfortable and can lead to consequences, such as:

1. Bacteria Growth

There are a lot of bacteria in a dog’s urinary tract. They will start growing if your dog does not wipe them out through the urination process. Furthermore, urinary tract infection or bacteria overgrowth will result in making your dog pee over and over again until you treat him with antibiotics.

2. Kidney Infection

If urinary tract infection is not treated on time, it can result in kidney infection. Similarly, if this infection is not treated at the earliest, it will cause a kidney shut down, and your furry friend can eventually die from it.

3. Bladder Stones

Bladder stones usually develop as a complication of a bladder infection caused by bacteria that produce an enzyme known as urease. It may lead to urine stoppage as your dog’s urine cannot pass through the stones. Surgery will become a must to remove the bladder stones. If you make your dog urinate regularly, there will be no time for bacteria growth or those enzymes that help crystallize your dog’s urine.

4. Incontinence

Incontinence will develop when your dog’s bladder muscles lose elasticity and can’t hold pee for more extended periods. This problem usually occurs in adult dogs, especially if they have spent years going hours without peeing. This way, their bladder becomes exceptionally enlarged due to holding pee for long hours. In severe cases, surgery should be done to reposition the bladder’s neck.

5. Urinary Cancer

Some vets and dog experts are very strict about how long a dog can go without peeing because the carcinogens present in urine and the urinary tract can lead to some types of urinary cancer.

Final Words

Our dogs need an equal amount of pee breaks as we do. How often a dog should pee depends on certain factors, such as age, activity levels, health issues, etc. Follow your dog for certain days, and his peeing pattern and behavior will dictate how long he can go without peeing. Needless to say, dogs shouldn’t be made to hold their pee for longer periods.  


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