According to Dr. Donna Solomon, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Chicago “A typical dog needs to urinate once every four to six hours, although some will go eight and even 12 hours without needing to pee.”   

This tells us it is not normal for your dog to pee every 15 minutes, as that is too frequent. If your pup urinates frequently, he may be suffering from incontinence or other diseases you might not be aware of.

Read on to learn about the reasons for your pet’s frequent urination and when your vet has to step in.

What is Frequent Urination?

Krista Magnifico, a veterinarian and founder of the pet-related social network Pawbly and Dr. Donna Solomon, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center of Chicago have confirmed that size and breed do not affect the number of times dogs pee in a day but age does.

There are two categories of frequent urination in dogs:

  • It could be a ceaseless need to urinate, which might indicate the presence of other diseases, 
  • It could also be because of incontinence, this is a lack of awareness of urination. 

Incontinence is a disease itself.

It can also be the consequence of other diseases and problems in your pet’s body, such as natural aging, urethral blockage, or even bladder infections.

It might cause your pet to urinate in the wrong places or at the wrong times. 

Also watch out for other accompanying signs, to confirm if frequent urination is an indicator of urinary incontinence in your pup or a sign of other diseases.

If there are other signs, then frequent urination could be a sign of kidney diseases, cancers, or diabetes.

The accompanying signs your pet displays will help to determine if frequent urination is the fundamental problem or a sign of another disease.

Symptoms Of Frequent Urination In Dogs

Frequent urination is usually glaring as you find out that your pet may accidentally urinate indoors as he urinates involuntarily.

This depicts urinary incontinence. It can occur when he is asleep or when walking about in the house. 

You need to take a trip to the vet’s to find out if it is only incontinence or a sign of another disease.

Causes Of Frequent Urination In Dogs

There are many reasons your puppy might pee often, so your vet is likely to carry out various tests to diagnose the cause. The findings may include: 

  • Urinary Tract Infection  

Urinary tract infections can make your pet feel the need to urinate frequently, much as it happens in humans.

Although some bacterial strains are more difficult to remove than others, urinary tract infections are usually easy to cure.

As a result, timely veterinarian treatment is essential, as it always is. Some puppies may develop urinary tract infections near the vaginal entrance.

In these circumstances, spaying or neutering, rather than medication, is usually the most successful treatment.

  •  Kidney Infection

Kidney infections share many of the same symptoms as urinary tract infections, and they can make it necessary for your dog to go outside more frequently.

Kidney infections, like urinary tract infections, are frequently curable with antibiotics.

  • Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can also make your puppy pee a lot more than usual. Kidney stones in dogs aren’t as prevalent as they are in humans, and they rarely require treatment. 

  • Bladder Stones

Bladder stones might make your dog feel compelled to urinate immediately.

Blood in the urine is common with both types of stones, but it can also occur with significant kidney or bladder infections, therefore, it is not diagnostic.

Stones can be extremely painful for your dog, and they can even be life threatening, so seek quick veterinarian help if you feel this is the case.

However, you should still seek veterinarian help since stones can restrict your dog’s ureter, which can be a life-threatening situation.

  • Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas either produces insufficient insulin (the hormone that helps the body handle glucose or blood sugar) or the body becomes insensitive to the insulin produced.

In either situation, the effect is elevated blood sugar, which causes the puppy’s kidneys to release water, causing him to empty his bladder.

This is one of the most common medical reasons for a dog peeing while sleeping. Excessive thirst is another common symptom of diabetes, which exacerbates the peeing problem.

Diabetes is a common congenital disease that can affect puppies at a young age. Diabetes cannot be cured, although it is curable.

Naturally, seek advice from a veterinarian anytime you suspect your dog may be diabetic. You may also need to switch your pooch to diabetic dog food.

  • Medications

Certain drugs can cause a puppy (or an adult dog) to pee more frequently than usual.

Most vets will advise you ahead of time if this is a possibility, in order to relieve any potential anxiety on your behalf.

  • Tumors

Although uncommon, brain or spinal tumors can put pressure on the nerves that connect to your dog’s brain and bladder, impairing his or her ability to control his or her urine.

Cushing’s disease, for example, affects certain older dogs, while it is uncommon in puppies.

The formation of a benign (non-cancerous) brain tumor, which puts pressure on the pituitary gland, causes this ailment.

As a result, the body’s hormone levels deviate from normal, leading to frequent urination.

Common Behavioral Reasons Dogs Pee Frequently

If your veterinarian confirms your puppy isn’t suffering from a medical ailment, then you have to focus on the emotional, mental, and behavioral issues he’s experiencing.

The following are some of the most common examples of these types of issues:

  • Attention-Seeking Behavior  

When your pup is not given enough stimulation, he is prone to urinating in unsuitable places to get your attention.

Even if the attention he gets is quite negative for doing what is wrong, he would rather have it than have no attention at all.

Fortunately, this is one of the most straightforward causes of frequent peeing. All you need to do now is provide your dog with attention, exercise, and extra excitement.

So, dust off your work and go play fetch or scoot around with your dog at the park!

You might also want to invest in some puppy-friendly teething toys or dog puzzle toys to keep your pup physically and cognitively occupied.

  • Anxiety

If your pup is a twitchy small toy breed, he is likely to pee when he is scared.

While this is obviously preferable to a medical cause of excessive urine, it is often more difficult to resolve.

More exercise, excitement, and socialization may assist most times, but providing high-strung dogs with a comfortable “hiding space” into which they may withdraw if they are worried may also be beneficial.

Dog cave beds are a popular technique to give a cozy, safe environment for your small breed to feel secure in.

Your pup may require the help of a professional trainer in order to feel more confident and stop peeing all over the place.

Consider whether you’re unwittingly causing your pup anxiety. If you’ve ever yelled at him and he peed, your pup is becoming fearful of you.

This is something you really do not want to happen! Show your pup that you are not a threat and that you are not to be scared.

To assist your pup form a good relationship with you, focus on applying positive reinforcement training tactics.

  • Improper or Incomplete Training 

You could be the reason your puppy pees too often.

You have the duty to potty train your pup as puppies don’t know when they need to go potty

Potty Training 

  • The first stage is to create a set of consistent, tough training methods, which should include restroom time. This entails taking your dog out regularly (including whenever he drinks water) and lavishing praise and affection on him when he behaves well.
  • Don’t forget about your puppy’s potty routine; taking him out daily will help him develop healthy puppy potty habits in the future.
  • Also, keep in mind that pups under the age of a few months do not have total bladder control. They don’t always realize they need to go until the need strikes them. They’re sprinkling on the carpet before they realize it. Patience is a necessary ability for any puppy owner!

Puppies must also learn to control their bladders. Because puppies’ bladders aren’t as well-controlled as adults, they take time to figure out all of this.

Treatment Of Frequent Urination In Dogs

The treatment for incontinence and other related symptoms varies depending on the reason. The following are some of the most common treatments:

  • Medications: Which drugs are prescribed is determined by the cause. If no specific cause can be identified, the veterinarian will most likely prescribe medications for trial periods and track the results to see if the treatment is effective.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a type of Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Surgery 

The frequency with which your dog needs to pee is determined by several factors.

Little things like your pet drinking more water after a hot day at the park or having some potato chips could cause the frequency to rise.

Alternatively, frequent urination in dogs could suggest a far more serious condition, such as a health concern.

You’ll be able to notice problems that require a trip to the vet if you learn what’s usual for your dog and pay attention to his pee schedule.

Sources

Wagwalking: Frequent Urination in Dogs

Care: Frequent Urination In Dogs How Often Should

K9ofmine: Why is My Puppy Peeing So Much?