If you have just noticed your puppy peeing a lot and you aren’t sure if this is normal, count yourself among many who worry about theirs puppy health. Your tiny pup has an equally tiny bladder so in most cases, it is probably nothing to worry about—except for the mess it leaves behind.
Keep reading to learn about why your puppy is peeing a lot and figure out if your puppy is one of the rare cases that you should be concerned enough to go to the vet for.
Why Do Puppies Pee a Lot?
The plain and simple fact is that puppies, like children, are tiny creatures in a big world full of frightening and exciting things. Both fright and excitement will cause a little one with minimal bladder control to start peeing a lot.
You might be surprised that such a little guy can pee so darn much but they do have very quick digestive systems. If you have noticed how quickly water runs through you, then you can imagine it runs even quicker through a little puppy with a much shorter tract.
So, the short answer to your question is: my puppy pees a lot because he is still a puppy. In the majority of cases, it is nothing to worry about. But if you want to get a handle on your puppy’s way-too-frequent peeing, there are some steps you can take.
- Stick to a meal routine: Give your puppy food and water at specific times of the day and then take away the bowls after he has finished. This way you know exactly when your puppy last ate or drank something so you can predict when they will need to a potty break.
- Take them on regular potty breaks: a puppy can digest and be ready to expel food and water in as little as 5 to 30 minutes after eating and drinking. Once you realize just how quick they are, you can schedule potty breaks at the right time to avoid having puddles on your floor.
- Be patient: your puppy, especially if they are younger than 12 weeks, still doesn’t have full control of their bladder. They simply don’t have the ability or skills to hold it in yet. So if it is a really serious annoyance for you, consider getting doggy diapers until he is old enough for potty training.
Possible Medical Issues That Might Lead to a Puppy Peeing a Lot Suddenly
While most puppies pee a lot naturally, sudden frequent urination can be a sign of certain medical issues. Now, not all of these issues are all that serious but some of them are so it’s a good idea to know about them and know what to look for:
- Vaccines: If you notice your puppy peeing a lot after vaccinations, don’t worry. This is a common symptom that happens to some puppies. He should be back to normal within 24 hours. If he is still peeing a lot after that time, call your vet and ask if you should be concerned. If the frequent urination is in combination with swelling of the face, neck, or body, difficulty breathing, disorientation, or other concerning symptoms, you should call the vet as soon as you notice these.
- Medications: in addition to vaccinations, certain medications will cause frequent urination as a side effect. So if your puppy has recently started taking a medication and peeing a lot suddenly, call your vet to check if that is a normal symptom.
- UTI: urinary tract infections can happen to dogs just as much as they happen to people. This is not a serious condition but it is something that needs to be treated because it does cause discomfort. Usually, the treatment is a course of antibiotics. UTIs can also be a sign of a more severe underlying illness so your vet will likely want to do a more thorough diagnosis before giving you a treatment.
- Cushing’s disease: this is a condition caused by a benign (non-threatening) tumor in the pituitary gland. It leads to overproduction of the stress hormone. If your puppy has also started to eat and drink a lot more in combination with peeing more, this may be something to worry about. Also look for fur loss, lack of energy, more panting, and obesity.
- Diabetes: just like people, dogs can also get diabetes. One of the symptoms is increased urination. If you suspect this also check for lack of energy, unusually sweet smelling breath, weight loss, and excessive thirst (or drinking a lot more water than usual).
- Bladder stones: bladder stones can be very painful and usually cause the puppy to pee a lot suddenly. Other symptoms include blood in their urine, difficulty urinating, staying in the peeing position for longer than usual. These are very painful and should be treated as soon as possible.
- Kidney Disease: this is not so common in puppies but in rare cases, it might be the cause of a puppy peeing a lot. If your puppy pees while sleeping, has a decreased appetite, diarrhea, or a bad fur coat, you may be dealing with kidney disease. You want to take your dog to the vet as soon as possible as this is very serious.
While some of these sound scary, keep in mind that they are pretty rare. Of course, it is better to be safe than sorry so if you notice any of the other symptoms in combination with peeing a lot, you should definitely make a call or visit to the vet.