Having Your Dog Hold Urine All Day Can Lead To Serious Health Problems
October 13, 2014
Having your dog hold urine all day can lead to serious health problems
Most of us are aware that it is important to pee when we have to. Holding in urine can cause toxins to back up, weaken the bladder muscles and more.
The same is true for dogs! I often hear people say that their dog can go 8 – 10 hours without having an accident in the house. Of course he can! Your positive reinforcement training works! Dogs strive to please their people.
However, having your dog ‘hold it in’ for long periods can lead to the development of bacteria in the accumulated urine. This can lead to a urinary tract infection or worse – a bladder or kidney infection. When a dog holds urine for long periods, bladder stones can form. Over time, spending days, weeks, months and years holding urine for extended periods can also contribute to incontinence.
Of course, many people have full time jobs and are away from home for extended hours. That doesn’t mean the dog has to go all day without peeing. Here are some solutions:
Collar Activated Doggy Door – Obviously if you live in an apartment, this is not an option. But if you live in a house/condo/townhouse with a private (and enclosed) yard, this gives your dog the option to go when he/she needs to. All collar activated pet doors utilize a radio frequency infrared device, magnetic or electro-magnetic technology. All of these doors have sensors that pick up a signal from a small transmitter on the dog’s collar. Only when the signal is received will an automatic pet door open. There are many brands available, all offering various sizes to meet the needs of small, medium and large dogs. Prices range from $100 to around $400.
Piddle Place- Basically, Piddle Place is an inside bathroom for your dog. And not just for small dogs – it can accommodate up to 100 lbs. Unlike many other indoor relief systems, Piddle Place is sanitary. You add a bio-enzyme treatment on the turf and a bio-plus concentrate in the reservoir that together work to eliminate odors, not simply cover them up with another scent. So it won’t smell like your dog just peed in a lavender bush. The design allows the porous turf mat to sit high above the reservoir. Urine flows neatly into the drain and storage reservoir. So no pee pee on the paws or on your hands. The product also features a quick drain spout, which opens easily when it is time to empty the reservoir.
Piddle Place retails for $120. An 8-week supply of the bio-enzyme treatment goes for $36 and a 20-week supply for $75. Replacement turf is available for $25. The product’s developer Kathleen Hillman donates 100% of the profits to animal shelters, nationwide
Doggy Daycare – What a wonderful way for your dog to spend his/her day! This gives him/her time to socialize, exercise and not be bored or lonely. Many doggy daycare centers offer pick up and drop off service. The added bonus – when you get home at the end of a long day, your dog will also be tired! Prices vary – anywhere from $6 – $25 per day. Some centers offer discounted prices when booking by the month.
Dog Walker/Sitter – If Doggy Daycare is out of your budget, consider having a dog walker come walk your dog midday. Or hire a pet sitter to come play with your dog (and let him/her out to pee/poop) every afternoon. Prices range from $10 – $20 for each walk/visit. Discounted rates are usually offered for bulk booking. A great advantage in hiring a professional walker/sitter is that they are insured, often know first aid for pets, and can recognize an emergency and take action. As the pet sitting business has grown, there are more and more networks for individual sitters to belong to. If he or she is ill, they can often find an equally experienced walker/sitter to substitute for them.
– Many pre-teens/teens are looking for a little extra cash. If you have a responsible kid living in your neighborhood who simply loves dogs, this can be a perfect match. Also check out Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts – some members are looking for volunteer hours to earn specific badges.
Many of these options cost less annually than the expense of the health issue they are helping to prevent.
Have any other suggestions you would like to share? Please feel free to comment.