As humans we understand it's important to pee when we feel the urge to do so. Why do we feel this is so different for our dogs?
It's been found that dogs pass 10 - 20 ml of urine per every pound of their weight daily. Most adult dogs can go 8 – 10 hours without urinating, but this mainly depends on their age, sex, body size, and overall health. Smaller and younger dogs need to urinate more often than older, larger dogs. Nonetheless you really should take your dog outside three to five times per day. The only real reason your dog lasts this long without going outside is thanks to positive reinforcement. (Yes, positive reinforcement works!)
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This doesn't mean it's healthy for your dog to go this long without peeing, though. When you require your dog to hold their urine for a prolonged time period, veterinarians have discovered that several health issues may develop:
- There's an increased likelihood that your dog will develop urinary tract infections (UTI) and if they're left untreated these can lead to urinary stones. This is because bacteria accumulates in your dog's urine. The most common sign your dog is suffering from a UTI is their inability to urinate or only passing a small amount of urine at a time while at other times your dog may need to pee more often. Other symptoms include bloody or cloudy urine; a fever; the loss of bladder control; straining and/or crying out in pain when trying to urinate; soiling in inappropriate places; constantly licking their urinary opening; a strong odor to their urine; lethargy; vomiting; appetite changes; weight loss; severe back pain; and drinking more water. Fortunately, UTIs in dogs are easily treated with antibiotics like Cephalexin or Clavamox, which destroy and inhibit bacteria's growth.
- Some veterinarians also say that making your dog hold their predisposes him to certain types of urinary cancer because carcinogens stay in the urine and cells remain in their urinary tract too. The most common sign of this is recurring UTIs and is deadly in as little as 10 months.
- When your dog spends years holding their urine they'll also eventually develop incontinence. This is because their bladder, which is a “holding reservoir,” becomes quite distended from holding their urine for so long over the course of many years.
- Sometimes a surgery, known as a colposuspension if female dogs and cystourethropexy in male dogs, is necessary to reposition the bladder's neck so pressure is no longer placed on the bladder an urethra. This cures about 50% of dogs while really helping another 75% of dogs.
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Dogs are “man's best friend.” We don't want them to develop any of these problems, but with the long hours we spend at work and busy lives we live outside of the office, our time is quite limited. What can we do about this? After all, there should be a better alternative than costly medical care.
This simple, inexpensive answer is the DoggieLawn, which is a patch of real grass for your dog to go potty on It's created for those dogs who don't have the luxury of a backyard. Whether this is because you're busy, your health prevents you from taking your dog out often, you live in a high-rise, or any other possible reason this is a great way to let your dog pee on his own schedule. All things considered, you can see why real grass is good. So, if you want to take really good care of your dog and are concered about complications later in life, but can't get them outside as often as needed, Doggie Lawn is here for the both of you!