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Why Does My Dog Pee So Much

why does my dog pee so much

Why does my dog pee so much? I’ve asked that many times about the senior dogs I’ve had and the answer was always kidneys or diabetes, and most recently hormones.

There are many causes that can explain this, so let’s look at what they are.

An increase in exercise

More exercise = more water = more peeing. If your dog has recently started exercising more or for longer periods of time, it stands to reason he will be thirstier, drink more water and of course have to pee more.

 

It’s summertime

You may have moved to a warmer climate, are on vacation with your dog somewhere hotter than he’s used to, or as he ages doesn’t handle the heat as well. All of these factors will lead to greater thirst, increased water Jack using the pet stroller for shadeconsumption and peeing more often.

Change in diet

Have you recently made some changes to your dog’s diet? Perhaps you’ve changed his brand of dry dog food, or started feeding him a dry diet. Or the opposite – he’s eating more/different canned food, or you’ve added some fruits or vegetables to his current diet which contain quite a bit of water.

Hormone issues

If the urine is particularly pale it’s likely your dog is not concentrating it, due to a hormone issue. Red has this problem which is being very well managed with a human hormone product called Desmopressin.

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

A urinary tract infection not only causes an urgent need to pee, but an increase in thirst as well. Red has had a couple of UTIs which my vet believes were a result of her “picking something up” because of how low she crouches to pee. I now use doggie wipes afterwards.

Bladder stones

Similar symptoms to a UTI

Diuretics

Medications to remove excess fluid from the body

Kidney problems

Read this6 Questions Answered About Kidney Disease in Dogs

Diabetes

Read this ⇒ Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs

Liver disease

Read this ⇒ Liver Disease in Older Dogs

Cushing’s

Read this ⇒  Cushing’s Disease in Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Don’t panic

Yes there’s a reason your dog is peeing more, but it could simply be an infection easily cleared up with antibiotics or a natural remedy if you see a holistic vet.

Make an appointment with your vet

The only way to find out what’s causing all that peeing is to make an appointment to have your dog checked. There are some things you can do ahead of time, to make your appointment more productive and really help your vet.

Make notes

Depending on the reason for my visit I find it helpful to make notes so I’m fully prepared and don’t forget anything. A couple of times I’ve taken a video because my concern was behavioural, which is easier to “see” than why does my dog pee so muchdescribe.  

I write down things like:

  • What I’m specifically worried about
  • When I first start noticing it
  • If there is a certain time of day or night it’s happening
  • Any changes in eating or drinking
  • Other behaviour changes I’ve noticed

Bring a urine sample

Your vet is going to want a urine sample, so it’s quicker and easier if you bring one with you. Collect the sample no later than 2 hours before your appointment, catch it mid-stream and do not refrigerate.

Treatment

No one but your vet can give you the answer, and not until he has conducted the tests he feels are necessary to yield a diagnosis. It may be an antibiotic, medication, change in diet, insulin…

If he feels your dog is dehydrated as a result of all that peeing, he may keep him at the practice for a few minutes or hours on fluids. A rehydration support may also be recommended to add to your dog’s water bowl.  

You can easily test for dehydration at home by, gently, grabbing a bit of fur from the back of your dog’s neck than letting go. If it springs back into place quickly he’s fine, if it takes a bit of time he’s dehydrated.

Dehydration can be deadly in dogs so if you notice his fur is a bit slow to flatten out, call your vet and see him right away.

What not to do

I’m not wild about my dog peeing on my carpet, but what can I do? She’s 16 and has some health issues. She needs me to be kind and compassionate and to help her. Please do not yell at your dog or heaven forbid dump him in a shelter. There are plenty of things you can do to help control the situation.  

Housekeeping

You’ve identified a concern, you’ve made an appointment, took some notes and now you’re waiting. There’s nothing else we can talk about in terms of your dog, but we can discuss some housekeeping issues I imagine have made you a little INSERT YOUR CHOSEN WORD HERE!

When your dog is peeing a lot, it seems like you can never take him out enough, and you walk into the room and see a pee stain on the carpet. Yes I know how you feel!

pee pads for when my dog pees a lot

How to save your carpet

Pee pads have been an absolute life saver, or should I say carpet saver, for me and I keep a supply on hand. I wish I had thought of buying stock in the company years ago!

The urge to pee can be so strong they won’t always have time to let you know they need to go out, so pee pads are a big help.

Put a couple down near your dog’s bed, and/or a corner of a room and show him where they are. There are lots of videos on YouTube that can help you if he needs some guidance.

Red is blind so one or two won’t help, since she can’t tell the difference between the carpet and the pee pad. In her case I block off an area for her to stay in when I’m out, and cover it in pee pads. At night I line the hallway with them in case she has to pee in the middle of the night (which almost never happens), or gets up before I do (which sometimes happens).

How to clean your carpet

A good enzymatic carpet cleaner will not only get rid of the stain but the odour as well.   

The first thing to do when you notice a stain is blot it with paper towels or a rag, absorbing as much of it as possible. My trick – I put the paper towel over the stain than stand on it wearing a heavy duty shoe, which works much better than simply pressing down with your hand.

Then use your spray, following the directions since each one is different.

I use Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover which comes with an attached brush. 

Make your own carpet cleaner

After blotting the stain as mentioned above, soak the area with undiluted white vinegar, let it sit for a few minutes than blot dry.

OR

After blotting sprinkle with baking soda, let it sit for a few hours than vacuum.

OR

After blotting mix one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts water, pour over stain, let sit 5-10 minutes then blot dry.

Protect your furniture

When I first brought home a rescued puppy mill dog, I expected she would pee on the floor but on my beautiful expensive couch? Luckily my husband was able to clean it well and then I sprang into action. All the seat cushions were covered in garbage bags, pee pads on top of that, then easy to wash blankets and throws on top. Nothing wrong with wanting your furniture to look nice, but now it was well protected. 

Anything else need saving? 

Waterproof mattress covers for your bed, pee pads under dog beds to protect flooring, waterproof dog bed covers and car seat protectors will all make a huge difference.  

Why does my dog pee so much – conclusion

I talk a lot about the importance of keeping an eye on your dog’s behaviour, particularly if you have a senior dog. Any changes in behaviour, no matter how slight they may seem to you, are always worth investigating. Some older dogs, especially if they already have health issues, can go downhill quite quickly so a “wait and see” attitude is never a good idea.

I urge you not to panic and work yourself into a frenzy, although I know it can be difficult. I have too often feared the worst and Red is still with me, so all that panic accomplished was to raise my stress levels.

Please be patient with your old dog, it’s not his fault this is happening and please don’t surrender him because you have some extra cleaning up to do. 

Have you noticed your dog peeing more often? What was the diagnosis and how have you been treating it? Sharing helps others so leave your comment below, or on my Facebook page.

I would like to invite you to join Senior Dog Care Club, a new Facebook group for senior dog parents. There you will find lots of helpful tips and advice, a place to ask questions and share experiences. I look forward to welcoming you.

 

There are affiliate links in this post, which means if you buy something through a link I will make a few pennies. That money goes towards caring for rescued animals. 

 

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Why Does My Dog Ignore Me

why does my dog ignore me

Have you been walking around lately thinking “why does my dog ignore me?” Maybe you’re wondering if you’ve done something to piss him off, and he’s getting back at you. Maybe he’s just being bratty?

Bratty is possible, getting back at you…not.

Have you considered the possibility he can’t hear you? Perhaps he’s become a bit confused and not sure what’s going on? These two scenarios are much more realistic and should be explored further.

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He can’t hear you calling

Age does not automatically bring loss of hearing, but if your dog is not coming when called, doesn’t seem to hear when people enter the room or even your home, doesn’t react to noise like he used to, hearing loss is one possibility.

Other signs his hearing may be affected

  • He shakes his head a lot
  • Doesn’t know you’re in the room unless he sees you or you touch him
  • Paws at his ears
  • Barks more than usual
  • Sleeps much more soundly

Hearing test

Drop some keys behind him and see how he reacts. Does he turn his head? Do his ears move? Does he turn around at some point – how quickly or slowly?

What, you expected something more high tech?

Treatment and prevention

I’m afraid there’s not a lot you can do about hearing loss as a result of aging. What you can do is make sure you have his ears checked during his twice yearly checkups, and ask your vet if you should be cleaning your dog’s ears regularly, how and with what product.

If he has an infection or something similar that is causing the hearing loss, treating it may resolve it.  

Here is a link to an in-depth post about this issue, with lots of helpful information including how to communicate with a dog suffering from partial or total hearing loss.

READ THIS ⇒ Everything You Need to Know About Hearing Loss in Dogs

Confusion

Another possible reason your dog is “ignoring” you is confusion, or more accurately doggie dementia or canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD).

Dementia in dogs, as in humans, causes confusion and your dog may not understand what you’re asking of him. My senior dog Red suffers from dementia and when she’s having a bit of an episode where she’s circling, it’s like she can’t hear me.

Signs of dementia

It’s unlikely ignoring you is the only sign of dementia, it just may be the other signs are less obvious – especially if you didn’t realise dogs could get dementia. Some other ones include:

  • Circling, usually in one direction (vestibular disease could make the circling worse)
  • Getting stuck in corners, behind doors, under or behind furniture
  • Having accidents in the house
  • Having trouble eating

Treatment and prevention

There are two drugs typically prescribed for dementia – Selgian in the UK and Anipryl in the U.S. There are also several “natural” treatments used with success by many. If you’d like to learn more about possible alternatives, I recommend you speak to a holistic vet.

Based on my own experience, seriously consider starting your dog on the dementia medication, then feel free to investigate other options. At least you’ve gotten him/her started on something faster acting, then alternatives can be added if you wish. I noticed a change in Red within just a few days of taking Selgian.

Providing your dog with mental stimulation such as games and puzzles, can help keep the brain active. A healthy lifestyle with a wholesome nutritious diet can help our pets either stave off some of these conditions, or at least be in better shape to handle them.

To learn more about dementia, including how I care for my dog…

READ THIS ⇒ All About Dementia in Dogs

READ THIS ⇒ How I Care For Red Who Has Dog Dementia

Why does my dog ignore me – conclusion

Keeping an eye on your dog and calling attention to even the slightest changes in behaviour, can go a long way to nipping a problem in the bud. A problem caught earlier is certainly easier to deal with.

Your vet is an important partner in helping with the health and wellness of your dog, so call him with any concerns. Don’t be uncomfortable calling, feeling like you’re making a big deal out of nothing. I never hesitate to call my vet’s office when I know something is off with Red. I know her well enough to realise when something isn’t right, and I’m always right. I could say “unfortunately” but I also know a problem caught early stands a much better chance of being treated, or at least managed.

What signs or behaviour changes have you noticed in your dog? What conclusion did your vet come to, and what’s been decided in terms of treatment and care? Sharing helps others so please leave your comments below, or on my Facebook page.

I would like to invite you to join Senior Dog Care Club, a new Facebook group for senior dog parents. There you will find lots of helpful tips and advice, a place to ask questions and share experiences. I look forward to welcoming you.

why does my dog have bad breath

Why Does My Dog Have Bad Breath

why does my dog have bad breath

Why does my dog have bad breath you ask? I’m going to say it’s because you haven’t been brushing your dog’s teeth!!

From experience it seems many people believe bad breath is a normal thing, and why would you think of questioning something that’s normal? I know I wouldn’t!

The truth is, bad breath is nature’s way of telling you your dog is having some oral hygiene issues, which need to be addressed as soon as possible. The reason it’s quite time sensitive is – dental disease not only causes all kinds of problems with your dog’s teeth and gums, including pain, but in serious cases can cause organ damage.

Shocking I know, but true!

READ THIS ⇒ Dog Dental Care

How did this happen?

If you haven’t been brushing your dog’s teeth, don’t beat yourself up about it, it’s possible you weren’t aware you could or should be doing it. Although some vets have looked at my dog’s teeth during a routine checkup and pointed out if they had found tartar, shockingly not one ever mentioned any preventative measures I could have taken. Surgery as a solution was always discussed, but nothing else.

What to do now

First of all don’t panic. Bad breath may mean there are things going on in your dog’s mouth that need to be addressed, but it does not automatically mean serious or surgery.

Second of all, make an appointment to see your vet as soon as possible, because waiting means the problem gets worse.

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Appointment day

Your vet will have a good look around your dog’s mouth, and give you his opinion based on what he sees. Perhaps he has a minor infection and antibiotics will take care of it, or he may need a cleaning. If surgery is recommended, he can only tell you what he thinks based on a visual, but the true state of your dog’s mouth can really only be known once your dog is sedated, and x rays have been taken. Your vet will discuss all of this with you during your appointment, and will provide you with a written estimate. If he doesn’t, please ask for one.

He may want your permission, in advance, to do what needs to be done once he’s in surgery, or he can call you during the operation to get your “go ahead” when he knows exactly what needs to be done.

Ask lots of questions during your appointment, because if he calls while your dog is under anesthetic he won’t have time to chat.

Prevent bad breath in dogs

The source of your dog’s bad breath has been discovered and dealt with, so let’s talk prevention. While there are no guarantees he’ll never need medical intervention again, there are lots of things you can do to reduce the likelihood.

Implementing all of the recommendations below is ideal, but we have to be realistic. Not all dogs will be as cooperative as we would like, so doing even one thing is better than doing nothing.

Regular brushing

Daily is the best, but as often as possible is good too! Doggie toothbrushes come in various styles, so finding one your dog will tolerate may be a matter of trial and error. The same goes for types and flavours of toothpaste.

Brushless brushing

How about a flat cotton pad wrapped around your finger, add a bit of toothpaste and rub your finger around her teeth? Even a few seconds will be of some benefit.

Dental powders can be added to your dog’s food, which reacts to the saliva to clean the teeth.

Dental sprays work in much the same way as powders, it’s just the delivery system that is different.

Water additives

It’s as simple as adding it to your dog’s water bowl.

Dog dental chews

Whether that’s a raw bone (consult with your vet first), or store bought dental chews, giving your dog something hard to chew on can help. Read ingredient labels because many of the popular brands are nothing more than junk food, and can cause your dog to put on weight.

Chew toys

There are many different types of chew toys, you should find something your dog likes! From braided ropes to rubber toys with ridges and bumps, they’ll all help.

Why does my dog have bad breath – conclusion

I hope you found this information beneficial, and you see how many ways you can help keep your dog’s mouth in good condition. I have extremely uncooperative dogs so I can’t brush their teeth every day, or ever in the case of one of them, but there are still plenty of other things I can do, as you can, to make a difference.

How did your vet appointment go? What was the source of your dog’s bad breath? What treatment was recommended and how have you been managing your dog’s new dental care routine? Sharing helps others so please leave a comment below, or on my Facebook page.

 

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Why Does My Dog Sleep So Much

why does my dog sleep so much

Have you recently started asking yourself the question – why does my dog sleep so much?

As dogs get older it is not unusual for sleep patterns to change or for them to sleep more. The question is what’s “normal” and what is caused by an underlying problem.

is your dog sleeping too much or just resting

Is your dog sleeping or merely resting?

Many of us probably lump the two into the same category, I know I do, but there is a difference between full on sleeping, and just resting.

How much is too much?

The question should really be – how much is too much for my dog? While old dogs can sleep 18 hours a day, there are plenty of seniors who have as much energy as a 2 year old, with no signs of slowing down. The title “senior” being given simply because of the date on the calendar.

What is important is to pay attention to the changes you’re witnessing in your own dog, and whether or not he is sleeping too much relative to what’s “normal for him.”

Reasons for sleeping too much

Pain

When a dog is not feeling well or is in pain, he may retreat and spend more time sleeping…as we would do. If his pain is a result of something like arthritis for instance, sleep can be an escape from the pain we were totally unaware of. Stiffness may also cause your dog to remain in one place, and since he’s not moving around and has nothing to do, he’ll just sleep.

The thing is, dogs are good at hiding when they’re not feeling great, and many times we don’t even know it until the problem has gotten so severe, even your dog can’t pretend any longer.

Hypothyroidism

A common condition in older dogs, it is a decrease in thyroid levels which makes dogs sluggish, lethargic and prone to weight gain. Since fat dogs find it difficult to move around too much, they’ll stay in one place and sleep for lack of anything better to do.

CCD

One common result of canine cognitive dysfunction, or doggie dementia, is a reversal of day/night pattern of sleeping – sleeping all day, wandering at night. It may seem like a dog is sleeping more, when in fact it’s just at a different time than usual.

My senior dog Red has some dementia, but luckily it has not affected her sleep cycle.

Boredom

I add this as a possible reason because of conversations I’ve had with senior dog parents and clients I’ve worked with. Some pet parents who share their lives with old dogs leave them out of a lot of activities they used to include them in. They don’t take them out as much, or play with them like they used to. Many assume their dog is happier lying on their bed, so they leave them there.

Granted their dogs may be experiencing the pain of arthritis, or understandably do not have the stamina to walk as much as they used to. Fair enough, but what about buying a pet stroller so they can join you on your days out?

If you leave your big dog at home because you can’t get him into the car, how about a ramp?

He may not be able to run and fetch a ball, but you could play a game with him? How about a puzzle toy to keep his brain active?

A recent upheaval

Have you moved recently, or has any other big event taken place? Any upheaval in your dog’s life may be interrupting his sleep patterns so it seems like he’s sleeping more, when in fact he’s just making up for any he’s lost.

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Exercising more

Has your dog started taking longer walks? Travelling with the family? Day trips? Maybe you’ve enrolled him in agility or other fun classes and these new activities have tired him out!

Monitor the changes you’re seeing

Take note of the changes you’ve been seeing and bring them with you to the vet, which we will talk about in a moment.

  • Is your dog sleeping more all the time?
  • Sleeping all day than up all night?
  • How many hours at a time?
  • Is it hard to wake her up?
  • Does she wake up on her own?

Have you noticed other changes as well?

  • Changes in eating – not as much, wanting more, lack of interest
  • Peeing more
  • Drinking more
  • Wandering, getting stuck behind doors
  • Not coming when called
  • No interest in playing
  • Limping/lame
  • How is her coat looking? As shiny as ever or flaky and dull?

Now what?

I talk a lot about the importance of knowing our dogs, what’s normal for them and what isn’t. I also encourage anyone who sees any behaviour changes, no matter how slight, to make an appointment with their vet as soon as possible.

Problems should never be ignored in any pet, but if your dog has health issues or is frail, they are in greater danger of going downhill quicker than a dog in better overall health. A “wait and see” attitude in those cases is never a good idea.

Explain your concerns when you call for an appointment, so they don’t keep you waiting long to see the vet.

Red may sleep a lot but she has company

What’s the solution?

That depends on what your vet finds. I assume, based on my own experiences, he will want to do a urine and blood test. If you can, bring a urine sample with you because if he needs one and your dog peed right before you walked in the door, you may have to return with it later which may be inconvenient for you.

The sample should be no older than 2 hours, caught mid-stream and not refrigerated while you wait to leave.

A thyroid problem can be managed with medication, pain from arthritis with medication, supplements even acupuncture.

Why does my dog sleep so much – conclusion

If you notice your dog sleeping more than what is normal for him, please take him to the vet. If you’ve realised it’s because he’s bored or overdoing it, those are easy fixes.

If it’s been awhile since he’s had a senior check, now is as good a time as any to do it…just in case!

I hope your question “why does my dog sleep so much” has been answered, and if you would like to share your experience, please leave it in the comment section below or on my Facebook page.

 

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Why Does My Dog Pant So Much

why does my dog pant so much

A question many parents of senior dogs ask is “why does my dog pant so much?”

They realise panting is normal, but they aren’t sure if what they’re seeing in their dog is excessive, and if yes what it means.

Why dogs pant

Dogs don’t sweat like we do, so they pant in order to cool off and regulate body temperature.

So when is it a concern?

When he’s panting for no reason, and when he sounds different than normal.

Causes of panting

There are lots of reasons why dogs pant, some expected, others more serious.

I am panting because I am hot

They’re hot

We know dogs can’t sweat, we know they pant to regulate body temperature, so it could simply be a matter of them being hot. Perhaps it’s warm in the house and they’re feeling it. Maybe they’ve walked a bit too far, or been running in the fields and haven’t had enough water to drink, or are in a car without air conditioning.

Suffering from heatstroke

Beyond being hot on a summer’s day, there’s heatstroke. A dog suffering from heatstroke may still be panting even when resting. An emergency trip to the vet is in order. Avoid going for walks during the hottest part of the day, and keep them shorter. Walk in the shade when possible, and stop for water breaks.

Excitement/Stress

Excitement can cause panting in dogs of any age, but seeing as older dogs can be more reactive to excitement and adrenaline, they may be more prone to panting as a result.

Congestive heart failure

The most serious condition that causes excessive panting is congestive heart failure. My senior dog Red has a few heart problems, so I’m always on alert if she starts to pant for no apparent reason. In her case if she pants due to prolonged stress, like being restrained for a test at the vet, her tongue will turn blue. Obviously we avoid those scenarios, or keep them as short as possible. Luckily it’s a rare occurrence.

Respiratory problems

  • Build up of fluid in the lungs
  • Obstruction
  • Bronchitis or pneumonia

obesity is one reason dogs pant

Obesity

Obesity is not limited to senior dogs, and can cause panting in dogs of any age. What if your senior obese dog has heart issues you may not be aware of? This is a potentially life threatening situation, so call your vet immediately and voice your concerns.

Even if your dog has no heart issues but is panting simply because he is overweight, he needs help starting right now.

  • Cut out the fattening treats and replace them with fruits or vegetables such as: banana, apple or carrot
  • Take an honest look at the amount of food you’re putting in his bowl, and reduce it, at least a little bit
  • No feeding table scraps, and make sure you tell everyone the new rule

Once you see your vet, he will advise you on the safest route to weight loss, and recommend appropriate exercises

Medications

Some medications such as steroids

Cognitive changes/decline

Doggie dementia can cause panting due to confusion or a lot of pacing

Pain

Your dog may be suffering from arthritis for example

Anxiety

  • Fear of thunderstorms
  • Separation anxiety
  • Failing eyesight or hearing

Cushing’s Disease

What do you do now?

Make an appointment to see your vet. Explain your concerns over the phone, and try and get in to see your vet sooner rather than later. If your dog’s panting is particularly worrying, please don’t be shy about asking for an appointment that day. You know your dog better than anyone, and if you’re worried you need to explain the sense of urgency. Early diagnosis increases the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Why does my dog pant so much – conclusion

You know your dog best, so you will know what is “normal” and what is cause for concern. When dealing with senior dogs, particularly those with other health concerns, it is never a good idea to adopt a “wait and see” attitude.

I do hope this post has answered your question “why does my dog pant so much” and if you have any comments or experiences to share, please leave them in the section below, or on my Facebook page.

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Welcome to the Why Does My Dog Series

why does my dog series

Welcome to the launch of my new “why does my dog” series.

It’s very important for me to provide you, my valued readers, with the most helpful information I can, so your senior dog can have the absolute best life possible.

As a pet care consultant, dog trainer and champion of seniors, I am asked a lot of questions about older dogs and they always start with the words “why does my dog…” That’s when the idea of writing a series of posts, each one addressing a separate question was born.

I truly hope you enjoy this series, and if you have a question you don’t see a post on yet, please send it in and I will reply to you personally.

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