Is it normal for a small purebred to excessively urinate?
April 18, 2010 10:30pm CST
I bought myself a miniture pomeranian pup over a month ago and I find that she is urinating too much. I take her outside every half hour when I'm home. We took our dogs for a three hour walk today and she went pee twenty times. She's not drinking that much water so I can't understand why the need to pee so much? I work nights and I have a pet taxi for her which is a little kennel and when I come home she is all wet on the back of her legs so I'm washing her off every morning and if I have her inside for longer than a half hour, she will pee. Is this normal for a puppy to do this? If so then what can I do to make her let me know that she has to go outside?
19 Apr 10
Hi nixxi, Congrats on the new puppy. Dog will pee a lot on a walk. It is common as this is their way of "marking". Your dog may be dehydrated. It is a matter of getting to know and be able to read your dog and to just know when she has to go potty. Pups do have to frequently urinate because their bladder is not fully developed yet and weak. If you continue to take your pup out regularly, and stick as close to the same times as you can, she will hopefully be able to know to begin to let you know it is potty time. As she gets older, after her first birthday until in her mid twos, you will find that the frequency of her needing to go pee will lessen. This is my take on this situation although I am not a vet and I would call to ask them. Reception is knowledgeable and often times, can advise over the phone. Ultimately they would like to see you go in with your pup for a check up, which isn't a bad thing with a new pup. Second though that comes to mind is her being left alone when you go out. Perhaps leave a piece of your clothing for her to lay on while you are out. Does the dog have free access to water? As they all should. I understand when you get home from work, you note her hind legs are wet, indicating she has gone potty. Inside the house? Inside her kennel? Why won't my dog stop peeing in his/her crate http://www.dogforums.com/3-dog-training-forum/1510-my-dog-won-t.html Over time, hopefully you will get to know the dog and know to take her out before you think about it. Get her out for walks, before you go to work as well, allowing her to urinate at least three to four times. Take her out again as soon as you get home. Walk her, at least twice a day too, not just have her in the back yard. Dogs need walks daily and enjoy to. I am also thinking diabetes or a bladder infection. On the other hand it could be a dominance thing or perhaps she is so scared, alone when you are gone that she wets herself. Don't be alarmed, I am only guessing. A vet check up wouldn't hurt and may be the best thing to do. I wouldn't fool around with this. How long has she been doing this? Although pups do urinate a lot, it is better to be safe than sorry. Just give them a call to inquire at least. I would hope that nothing is wrong with the puppies health and that she grows out of this. Puppies, until after the age of two can get hypoglycemia, which can also cause frequnt urination. Always be sure that your pup is well nourished throughout the day, especially when going for an outing to walk or play. Here are some links that may be helpful: why does my puppy pee so much(7-10 times in an hour) http://www.faqs.org/qa/qa-862.html Dog Urinating Frequently? 5 Possible Causes and What You Can Do About It http://ezinearticles.com/?Dog-Urinating-Frequently?-5-Possible-Causes-and-What-You-Can-Do-About-It&id=1724823 My puppy is going pottie a lot!? HELP PLZ!? http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061010185821AAlZUQy Advice needed...puppy peeing constantly, ever few minutes http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f9/advice-needed-puppy-peeing-constantly-ever-few-minutes-ro-37166.html Perhaps research some more online by Googling causes of puppy peeing frequently. I hope that you can find the reason and correct it as soon as possible.
19 Apr 10
Wow thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question! I didn't realize half the things you were saying could be a problem. I did take her to the vet last weekend for her booster shot and the vet told me to keep walking her because her bones will become dense and this will prevent her joints and bones to get stronger. She's just a tiny little princess and I love her very much and I am very patient with her when it comes to potty training. What I automatically thought was that she is a small dog so she has a smaller bladder so I thought maybe that was why she was peeing so much? But it could be a whole different reason(s) like you said. It also didn't cross my mind that it may be her marking the territory either. We had our other dog with us and he's an American Bulldog and he urinated three times during the whole walk compared to her twenty times. We have walked that path before with him so perhaps he already marked it? Is that why he didn't go as much as her? Also there is always someone home with her if I"m not here.. I work nightshift full time and hubby is here for her when I'm not. When I get home I will take her outside after she's been taken out four times. She will pee twice when I take her then I'll bring her in to eat and drink and take her out again. She will pee again twice then I just walk around the yard with her. Sometimes she will pee once more before we go inside. I will sleep for a couple hours and wake up take her outside as soon as I awake she will go then we play for a bit and I'll take her out again. I put her in her kennel and go to sleep for awhile longer until my son gets home. When he gets home either him or I will take her out sometimes both of us. She will play after that while my son is doing his homework and for the whole evening until our walk after supper, we will go for a nice walk. I continue taking her outside every half hour as well when I'm home. How long should my walks be with her? Yesterday we walked three and a half hours and I only took her once. Thanks for replying with such detail!
24 Apr 10
Hi EvrWonder, Wow sorry I didn't get back to you I wished somehow that mylot would send me an email that you responded to me back otherwise i would have gotten back to you awhile ago already. Mylot only emails me the first comment a person makes on my discussions otherwise I'm not aware. Thanks for the additional information about this issue. I didn't realize that it was important to feed the dog after a walk rather than before hand.. do you know why that is? I've been feeding her before we go for walks and I'm not sure why I just think of it because I couldn't exercise on an empty stomach or when I'm hungry. She's usually hungry by the time we go for a walk and runs to her dish and it's like she's programed for that too. I am going to the vet tomorrow to find out what's going on.. I will ask questions while I'm there and see what they say. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get her in but it won't hurt to go there and ask.. I have to go to that town anyway tomorrow. Hubby, my son and i have been walking everyday and taking both the dogs and she only went pee once. On Monday she went about three times and it's been slowing down now but I'm still going to ask the vet anyway. I have noticed too that she doesn't like really cold water and has an easier time drinking room tempature water. So far nothing has changed when it comes to making her have a drink after being outside. What I also found interesting is what you said about bringing some kibble along for a walk which I will start doing. And realizing about her finishing and licking her lips. Our walks have been at least an hour each day but we only go once a day. As you know I work nights so I'm bagged when I get home. I don't have energy to walk around but I do play for a bit with her before I go to sleep. She was born Jan 14th of this year 2010 so that would make her about 3 & 1/2 months old. Thanks again for taking the time and writing back.
• Holiday, Florida
23 Apr 10
oh that poor baby. maybe you should ask the vet this. just give them a call to see if they think this is normal. i would worry about her becoming dehyrated. its sad to have to figure this out with a new puppy. hope you find out soon.
24 Apr 10
I am going to a town tomorrow and her regular vet is there so I will stop in there and ask because it's beyond me why she's peeing so much? I give her plenty of water and she has access to it anytime she needs so I don't think that's the problem. It's just constant and I want it to stop so I'm going to have to figure out how to help my little pup out. Thanks for your comment Happy Mylotting
• United States
19 Apr 10
Dogs (both males and females) pee to mark their territory (ESPECIALLY outside on walks). If she starts to have a lot of potty problems IN the house, it's time for some training! But if she's just peeing a lot outside, that's not a problem. But you do have to make sure she does stay hydrated! If she stops drinking that's bad! Congrats on the new puppy, I'm jealous!!!
19 Apr 10
Hi lily thanks for your information it's very helpful to know this. I do make sure she has plenty of water because I would not like her to become dehydrated. We took her for a walk for three and a half hours yesterday and she went pee twenty times.. I counted it lol. I never thought about how she may be marking her territory so this helps! Thanks for your reply :)