How Long Can A Dog Go Without Peeing?

November 5, 2019
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Canines go about 3 to 5 times a day or every 6 to 8 hours.

One of the most common questions dog owners have is, “How long can a dog go without peeing?” As a dog owner who travels a lot with their pet, it is vital to determine when your dog needs a potty stop to relieve himself. It’s essential to be able to spot some of the signs that indicate potential health issues if your dog seems to pee more or less frequently than usual. This assumes that your dog is on a healthy diet and drinking enough water. So, is your dog’s peeing frequency average or irregular? Read on to find out.

How Often Should a Dog Pee?

Typically, canines pee about three to five times a day or every six to eight hours. Most Vets recommend taking your pup out to pee every six to eight hours to keep indoor ‘accidents’ from happening. However, several factors could affect a dog’s peeing habits. Diet, what your dog drinks, size, breed, and age are some of the things that will determine your dog’s peeing frequency.

Puppies tend to pee more often than full-grown dogs. This is because they have smaller urinary bladders that can only hold small amounts of urine. Conversely, senior or older dogs might also have to pee more often due to age (just like humans!) and some health conditions that affect older dogs. Furthermore, factors such as the level of hydration, type of breed, and physical activity can also determine how often a dog needs to relieve herself.

Exactly How Long Can A Dog Go Without Peeing?

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Forcing some dogs to hold it may lead to bladder or kidney problems.

If you’re unable to let your pup out to pee after every six to eight hours, then you’ll be glad to know that dogs can hold their pee for ten to fifteen hours. However, forcing some dogs to hold their pee may lead to bladder or kidney problems. Well-trained canines can hold their pee for extended periods without accidents, but, while they can, it’s uncomfortable for them and could be detrimental to their health.

What Causes Dogs to Urinate Frequently?

Several things could cause a dog to urinate more frequently. Fear or sudden excitement may cause a dog to urinate suddenly. If this is the case with your dog, consider taking him/her to a vet as this may be a simple health issue or a sign of behavioral problems. Health-related problems that could cause a dog to urinate more frequently include:

  • Kidney failure
  • Polyuria and Pollakiuria
  • Liver disease
  • Lack of steroid hormone production
  • Diabetes
  • Tumors
  • Age
  • Side effects of medication
  • Overproduction of steroid hormones
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Behavioral or psychological problems
  • Side effects of some drugs
  • Hormonal disorders

Should I Be Worried If My Dog Pees Less Frequently than Normal?

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Urinating less frequently could simply be dehydration or severe health issues.

Yes! If your pup is peeing less frequently than usual, he could simply be dehydrated, or there could be moderate to severe health issues. Once hydrated, if this unusual behavior of infrequent peeing continues, consider scheduling an immediate appointment with your vet. It’s the old adage, “better safe than sorry.” He’s your best friend and relies 100% on YOU for his health!

How Long Can Dogs Go Without Peeing — Summary

So, in summary, even though an adult dog can go for a maximum of 10 to 15 hours without urinating, it’s preferable that you allow them to relieve themselves every 6 to 8 hours. This applies to most dogs, excluding young pups (who need more bathroom breaks) and your senior dog who needs a bit more TLC in this area.  So, whether your pup is a little dog or a very large dog, same rules apply.

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