My Dog Is Peeing Everywhere
When adult dogs begin to urinate inappropriately, either in frequency or location, it is usually a sign of illness. The problem is that the mere thought of chronic illness and the potential costs associated with the care and treatment of it is often enough cause for owners to give up on their dogs and offer them for adoption, or worse.
What to Look For
Although a dog that is peeing everywhere is usually unwell, the first things to rule out are reasons other than illness. As mentioned in “My Dog Is Always Thirsty,” a dog that's drinking more water will usually be peeing more often. So start by looking for reasons why your dog would drink more water than usual, such as pregnancy or changes in diet, weather, or exercise routine.
Next, check your dog's temperature. See “How to Check Your Dog's Temperature” [not available online] for instructions on how to do this. Then collect a sample of your dog's urine in a clean container. See “My Dog Cries Out When He Tries to Urinate” for advice on how to obtain a urine sample.
What to Do
Ask yourself the following questions to try to figure out what might cause more urine to be produced or prompt the urge to urinate more frequently:
When to Get the Vet
Excessive and inappropriate urination is serious, not to mention inconvenient. If you can't come up with an easy explanation for it, the first step is to bring a urine sample in to your vet (in a clean container) to be analyzed. Follow up with your vet's suggestions without delay!
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.
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