Like us humans, dogs have a daily routine for urinating. But if you ever notice your pet not keeping with that schedule or showing signs of irregularity, your dog might have a urination problem.
Veterinarians say that there are no hard rules to how often a dog should urinate in a day. That is because a dog’s urinary habits often are based on the home environment they are in. Do their owners take them out for walks? Do they have access to the outdoors at any time? Are their other dogs in the home that impact when they urinate? Since every situation is different it is important to treat each dog individually.
One of the biggest clues that your dog is having a physical issue urinating is their body position while urinating. If you start to see their abdominal change in posture or tighten sometimes indicates they are straining to urinate. Also, if you just notice something is just not quite right while watching your dog urinate it might be time to take them to a vet. Like people, we naturally observe behavior in dogs. And a dog’s behavior is usually consistent. But unlike people, dogs are not able to clearly vocalize that something is wrong with their body.
If you see that your dog is struggling to urinate and after a long attempt does not urinate then they may be suffering from a urinary tract infection.
This is a clear sign to take your dog into a vet immediately. A urinary tract infection, or UTI, can be easily treated. But if a UTI is left alone too long it can lead to life-threatening issues. A vet can determine if your dog is suffering from a UTI by performing blood work, urine culture, urinalysis, or an x-ray. Most treatments include a temporary change in diet and antibiotics.
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