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Why Your Dog Is Peeing a Lot

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At New Puppy Pads, our goal is simple — helping owners to potty train their puppies and dogs. Dog pee is something that nobody takes pleasure in dealing with. The less of it, the better, we say! And that’s why our innovative puppy pads are designed to make the potty training process as easy as possible.

However, sometimes our dog’s urinary habits are anything but normal. The consistency and frequency of your dog’s pee breaks are influenced by several different factors, and if your dog’s potty habits are being influenced by these things, it can make the training process much more difficult.

One such problem is excessive urination. It can be extremely frustrating when your dog pees over and over, and even if you’re using our reusable puppy pads, you might not be able to keep up. Their bladders aren’t quite the size of ours, and despite that, they sometimes seem content in drinking just as many fluids. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why your dog or puppy might be constantly peeing.

Hot Weather

Unlike a cat, who can pass away the summer months snuggled up in a ball in some shady spot in your home, dogs have a fundamental need to go outside and move around. You’re well aware of how active your dog or puppy likes to be, and not walking your dog every day is a cardinal sin of dog ownership.

In the hot summer months, your dog deals with heat in a different way than we do — panting. Humans tend to hydrate themselves through sweating, which keeps us cool and hydrated. Dogs have no such luxury, but panting helps to keep them cool and it taps into their water levels. You can bet that your dog will be panting a whole lot after a solid workout and when he’s feeling the heat of the sun.

Unfortunately, we don’t often linger outside when it’s hot because, well, it’s hot. So we return to our nice air-conditioned spaces, and in the cooler temperature, your dog cools down much quicker. This might reduce his panting, and thus cause him to use up less of the water he has lapped up through the day. And how does he get rid of that excess water? That’s right — peeing.

Marking

One unfortunate tendency that dogs have is the impulsive need to “mark” their territory. You probably don’t need to be told what this entails — virtually every dog owner has seen their pup do it, but for the uninitiated, marking is when a dog pees on random objects to “claim” the territory as their own, embedding the area with their lovely ammonia-infused scent.

Marking is something that just about every dog will want to do. Your dogs probably do it a lot on walks, and a dog peeing on a fire hydrant is one of the most iconic dog clichés that exists, and it’s a stereotypical example of your dog marking things.

There are a few ways to prevent your dog from marking territory, or to at least recognize when it’s happening. First off, puppies are extremely eager to make their mark on the world, so you should fully expect them running around trying to whiz on everything they can. One quick way to nip this in the bud is by spaying or neutering them as soon as possible.

You’ll want to do this according to your veterinary’s professional recommendations, but the general advice is to do it sooner rather than later. Spaying and neutering helps to inhibit some of your dog’s more carnal desires, so you’ll probably see a lot more pee if you wait a while to get the operation done.

Meanwhile, it’s likely that you’ll experience a literal pissing match between rival dogs if you bring a new canine into your home. Dogs are territorial to a certain extent, and aggressively marking things is one of their ways of establishing dominance. It will likely subside after some time, but if a new dog comes into your home, you might want to put in some extra orders for puppy pee pads — you’re going to need them.

Incontinence

Sometimes, excessive pee can be caused by medical conditions. The term “incontinence” refers to a condition where dogs have trouble containing their bladders. There are all kinds of reasons why your dog might develop incontinence, and it’s usually the side effect of some other problem rather than being a singular condition unto itself. Here are just a few of them:

Weak Sphincter: This is the most common in elderly dogs who are starting to feel the tiring effects of old age. Unfortunately, a dog’s sphincter can weaken as their body grows frailer, causing involuntary urine release. Your dog might not even realize what’s going on, but it will happen nonetheless. This kind of incontinence has a spectrum of severity — some dogs let out wee drops every hour, while others might let everything loose at once at frequent intervals. There is medication that can help to treat this, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to invest in extra pee pads under these conditions as well.

Urinary Tract Infection: If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you’ll know just how unpleasant it feels. While we’re not sure exactly how it feels in a dog, we can assume that it’s no fun, and hopefully you’ll cut them a little slack if you learn they’re suffering through one of these. UTIs can also result in your dog being unable to control themselves. While UTIs aren’t always easy to diagnose, they’re fairly treatable once you know they’re there, and the worst-case scenario is that you might find yourself in a waiting game for it to pass.

Hormonal Imbalances: It’s also possible in your dogs, just like it is in humans, for hormonal balances to occur. While these shouldn’t be common if your dog is living an active lifestyle with healthy food, any kind of disruption can cause it to occur. And, in some cases, even a perfectly healthy dog can have imbalances due to nothing else than bad luck.

This is another condition that’s difficult to spot, but your vet will be quick to point it out. If your dog is peeing more often than usual and you just can’t pinpoint why, it’s very possible that your dog has incontinence and that it’s being caused by outside factors. Going to your veterinarian is the best possible solution.

Get Ahead of Excessive Urination With Puppy Pads

While our products are primarily designed for healthy puppies who need to be potty trained, they are undeniably useful when you have dogs that have irregular urination tendencies. Having reusable pee pads are useful when you can reliably count on your dog urinating on the regular, while our disposable pads are great when you have the assurance that the problematic pee habits are just a temporary phase.

We have countless customers who have seen miracles from our Puppy Pee Pads. Are you sick of dealing with your dog’s frustrating urinating habits? Get ahead of the problem now and browse our online store!