Why Is My Puppy Peeing So Much? (9 Clear Reasons)

It can be rather disturbing to observe a pattern in which your puppy seems to be peeing too much. Once you observe this pattern, you will want to know what may be the reason behind the puppy’s excessive peeing, and what can be done about it. Read on, for answers.

Why is my puppy peeing so much? It may just be due to the puppy’s smaller bladder, which means it can’t hold urine for long. But it could also be due to medical issues, such as UTIs, kidney problems, tumors and diabetes. Or it could be due to behavioral issues, such as attention seeking and anxiety.

Figuring out the exact reason for the puppy peeing a lot is not always easy. Sometimes, when a puppy pees a lot, it is normal: perhaps due to the small bladder size or due to the underdeveloped sphincter muscles.

But some cases of a puppy peeing alot can be indicative of something that is very wrong with the puppy.

Why is my puppy peeing so much
Why is my puppy peeing so much?

In answering the why is my puppy peeing so much question, you have to consider several factors. You need to consider the puppy’s age first.

A case of a 4 month puppy peeing a lot (or a 3 month old puppy peeing a lot) may have different implications from, say, a case of a 6 month puppy peeing a lot.

Further, you need to consider any other symptoms the puppy is exhibiting. For instance, the combination of a puppy peeing a lot and diarrhea can have certain implications.

The actual frequency of the urination is also important.  If a puppy pees every 5 minutes, or if a puppy pees every 10 minutes, the implications are different from if the puppy pees every hour.

 

Is It Normal For A Puppy To Pee A Lot?

Before proceeding to answer the why is my puppy peeing so much question, we first need to know whether it is normal for a puppy to pee a lot.

That is definitely something most of the people who pose the why is my puppy peeing so much question would have an interest in knowing.

So, is it normal for puppy to pee a lot? The answer is ‘yes’. Normally, a puppy will tend to pee more frequently than an adult dog.

Thus a puppy peeing frequently is normal to this extent.

There are two reasons why it is normal for a puppy to pee a lot (more frequently than an adult dog).

First is the fact that the puppy’s bladder is still small. Therefore it can’t hold lots of urine.

Second is the fact that the puppy’s sphincter muscles are still not very well developed. Therefore it can’t hold back on the urge to pee.

Thus if you have an 8 week old puppy peeing a lot, these would likely be the reasons behind it.

For a 9 week old puppy peeing a lot, or for a 10 week old puppy peeing a lot, these may also be the reasons.

Even for a 12 week old puppy peeing a lot, a small bladder and underdeveloped sphincter muscles may be to blame.

More personally, if you find your 7 week old puppy peeing a lot, you should first consider those possibilities. Those are the possibilities of it either being due to an undeveloped bladder or underdeveloped sphincter muscles.

But for a 4 month old puppy peeing a lot, different factors may be at play. Similarly, for a 6 month old puppy peeing a lot, different factors may be responsible.

 

How Often Is It Normal For A Puppy To Pee?

In answering the why is my puppy peeing so much question, it is also important for us to have insight on how often it is normal for a puppy to pee.

This is definitely something many of the people who pose the why is my puppy peeing so much question would have an interest in knowing.

Before declaring a case of a puppy peeing a lot, one needs to know how much is normal.

Only after understanding the normal baseline can one proceed to ask, why is my puppy excessively peeing?

So the core question here is, how often should my puppy be peeing?

The answer is that how often a puppy should be peeing depends on its age.

Generally, for each month of the puppy’s age, you should allow for an hour of pee holding ability.

Thus a one month old puppy can usually only hold pee for one hour. A two month hold puppy can normally only hold pee for two hours. And a three month old puppy can usually only hold pee for three hours…  you get the pattern.

That goes on up to 8-9 months. Beyond that, a puppy should be able to hold pee for as many as 8-9 hours, like any adult dog.

Then again, for the younger puppies, you need to know that the urge to pee normally strikes soon after drinking. Normally, 10 to 30 minutes after they drink water, the young puppies will have an urge to pee.

Thus when figuring out what is ‘normal’, you need to factor in this as well.

Clearly, under this scheme, if my puppy keeps peeing every few minutes, it would be worrisome.

Thus if you have a puppy peeing every 5 minutes, that surely wouldn’t be ‘normal’.

 

Why Is My Puppy Peeing So Much?

Once you note that your puppy is peeing too much, the main question you will be having is on the reason behind it.

You would therefore keep on asking yourself, why is my puppy peeing so much?

If it is a pattern you are noticing lately, you would be asking, why does my puppy pee so much nowadays?

And if it is only happening today, the question would be, why is my puppy peeing so much today?

Now there are many possible reasons for a puppy peeing a lot.

The reasons for a puppy peeing a lot broadly fall into two categories.

The first category of possible reasons for a puppy peeing a lot are those that are medical in nature.

And the second category of possible reasons for a puppy peeing a lot are those that are behavioral in nature.

Thus if your puppy is peeing a lot, it could be due to medical reasons.

You may have a puppy peeing every 10 minutes due to medical reasons. Or you could have a puppy peeing every 30 minutes due to medical reasons.

The medical reasons may include things like UTIs, kidney problems, diabetes and side effects from certain medications. We shall be looking at them at greater length shortly.

The underdevelopment of the bladder as well as the underdevelopment of puppy pee control muscles (sphincters) also falls here.

But in some cases in which a puppy pees often, the reason turns out to be behavioral.

Thus you may find a puppy peeing more than normal due to behavioral issues.

Sometimes, you find that my puppy keeps peeing as an attention seeking behavior. Or you may find that the puppy pees every ten minutes (for example) due to anxiety issues.

 

Medical Reasons For A Puppy Peeing Too Much

Some cases of a puppy peeing a lot are due to medical issues.

Thus in answering the why is my puppy peeing so much question, a discussion on these medical issues is important.

One medical issue that can make a puppy pee too much is a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Another medical issue that can make a puppy pee too much is diabetes.

Yet another medical issue that can make a puppy pee too much is kidney stones.

Even tumors, either in the brain or in the spine, may cause a puppy to pee too much.

If a dog is on a certain medication, it may pee excessively, as a side effect.

To understand whether or not the case of the puppy peeing a lot is due to medical issues, consider the other symptoms the puppy is exhibiting.

For instance, if you find a puppy panting and peeing a lot, it could be due to a medical issue.

Similarly, a case of a puppy vomiting and peeing a lot can be due to a medical issue.

Even a case of a puppy pooping and peeing a lot more than usual can be a medical issue.

Of course, if a puppy has diarrhea and peeing a lot, that is a medical issue.

Suppose, for instance, one has an 8 week old puppy that is peeing excessively. In answering the why is my 8 week old puppy peeing so much question, it is important to consider these medical issues.

And the key consideration is what other symptoms the dog is exhibiting, besides peeing a lot.

Peeing a lot and being excessively thirsty points to diabetes.

Conversely, peeing a lot and licking may point to a UTI.

 

Behavioral Reasons For A Puppy Peeing Too Much

In some scenarios, a puppy peeing lot more than usual may simply be due to behavioral issues.

One can’t purport to be answering the why is my puppy peeing so much question without touching on behavioral issues.

If my puppy pees a lot more than normal, and medical issues have been ruled out, I would then focus on behavioral issues.

Sometimes, if a puppy pees every 15 minutes, it may be due to one or another behavioral issue.

Similarly, if a puppy pees every 30 minutes, it may be due to some behavioral issue.

The behavioral issue behind the puppy peeing every 15 minutes may simply be attention seeking.

Thus if the puppy figures out that it can catch your attention by peeing inappropriately, it may start doing so.

So you find that the puppy pees all the time just to catch your attention.

Therefore in answering the why is puppy peeing so much question, you shouldn’t ignore this possibility.

Another behavioral issue that can make a puppy pee too much is anxiety.

So in this case, the puppy pees alot due to feelings of anxiety.

Thus in dealing with the why my puppy pee so much issue, you need to consider this as a possibility.

For instance, if my puppy pees every 30 minutes, I would consider the possibility of it being due to anxiety.

Often, if a puppy pees multiple times in a row, it often turns out to be due to anxiety.

Many cases of a puppy constantly peeing are simply due to anxiety.

Lack of proper potty training is another issue that may make a puppy seem to be peeing too much.

Thus if my puppy won’t stop peeing, this too is a consideration I would make.

 

Why Is My Puppy Peeing Frequently Small Amounts?

There are several possible reasons for a puppy peeing frequently small amounts.

It can, for instance, be due to a UTI.

A dog with a UTI keeps on getting the urge to pee. But each time, it pees a small amount of urine. This is because the UTI only affects the urge to pee. It doesn’t affect water intake.

So the puppy is peeing just the same amount of pee it would otherwise pass. But it pees more frequently. And the pee volume turns out to be small each time.

You therefore find that the puppy wont stop peeing. But each time it pees, it is just a little. This may be due to a UTI.

In this case, in answering the why is my puppy peeing so much question, you need to start by ruling out a UTI.

If my puppy keeps peeing little and often, this would be the first thing to think about.

At times though, the whole situation may simply be due to the fact that the puppy’s bladder is still small. So it can’t hold much urine. The puppy therefore keeps on peeing frequently, in small amounts.

In answering the why does my 8 week old puppy pee so much, this would be something to consider.

A puppy peeing frequently in small amounts can also be due to behavioral issues.

If a male puppy pees a lot in small amounts, it may be marking its territory. This is plausible if the puppy keeps peeing little spots.

Another behavioral issue that may make a puppy pee frequently in small amounts is attention seeking.

Thus if, for instance, a 3 month puppy pees a lot, it may be due to this problem.

 

Why Is My Puppy Drinking And Peeing A Lot?

A scenario in which your puppy drinks and pees a lot can be quite perplexing.

It naturally leaves you wondering, why is my puppy drinking and peeing so much? Or, my puppy drinks and pees a lot, what could be the reason?

In some cases, the underlying problem may be diabetes. If a puppy is born with diabetes mellitus, it will drink a lot, and pee a lot.

Some kidney problems may also make a puppy to drink a lot and pee a lot.

In this sort of situation, you need to know how much peeing is normal and how much is not normal.

It also makes sense to know how much drinking is normal, and how much is excess.

So you try to figure out, is my puppy peeing too much, objectively speaking?

For instance, one may ask, is it normal for my puppy to pee every 10 minutes? And the answer, in most cases would be no – especially if the dog is also drinking excessively.

It may even be a case in which the puppy pees every 5 minutes (while also drinking excessively).

So it gets you wondering, why is my puppy peeing every 5 minutes and drinking excessively? And the reason could be diabetes, a kidney problem or something else along those lines.

The end result is usually that of a puppy peeing a lot clear urine.

Generally, if my puppy is peeing excessively, these are the sorts of issues I would consider.

Like if my 3 month old puppy pees every 15 minutes, and it is also drinking too much water, I would look into those possibilities.

Usually, a puppy has to pee constantly if it has kidney problems or a condition like diabetes mellitus.

 

Why Is My Puppy Peeing A Lot But Not Drinking Much?

Another situation that can be very perplexing is one in which you find a puppy peeing a lot, but not drinking much.

It gets you wondering, why is my puppy peeing so much without drinking water?

Incidentally, many of the people who pose the why is my puppy peeing so much question are in this situation. That is the situation in which a puppy pees a lot without drinking lots of water.

Here, the underlying problem may be a kidney issue.

A puppy with a UTI may also pee a lot, without drinking excessively. So it pees many times, but each time, the pee volume is little.

That is why knowledge on how much does a puppy pee is so important. Before declaring that my puppy is excessively peeing, you need to know how much pee is normal.

Nonetheless if, for instance, you find a puppy peeing every five minutes, you would know that it is excessive.

And if a puppy is peeing a lot without drinking much water, it may be due to a kidney problem. Or it may be due to a UTI.

A behavioral problem, such as anxiety or attention seeking, can also make a dog to pee a lot without drinking much water.

Thus the puppy frequent peeing may be due to this factor.

In some cases, the puppy pees very frequently to catch your attention. In other cases, the puppy pees constantly due to anxiety. Thus the cause of a puppy peeing often could be in this behavioral domain.

These can affect a dog of any breed. You may find a Golden Retriever puppy peeing a lot due to these behavioral issues.

Similarly, you may find a German Shepherd puppy peeing a lot due to these behavioral issues.

Why is my puppy peeing so much
Why is my puppy peeing so much?

 

Why Is My Puppy Peeing A Lot At Night?

A puppy peeing a lot at night may simply be due to the fact that its bladder is still underdeveloped. Thus it can’t hold lots of pee. Therefore the puppy keeps peeing a lot at night.

It can also be due to underdevelopment of the sphincter muscles. On this account, the puppy can’t hold pee for long. Therefore it keeps peeing at night.

This is how in some cases, you find a puppy peeing every hour at night.

Then again, before declaring that ‘my puppy is peeing a lot’, you need to know what is normal and what is not normal.

But if you find a puppy peeing multiple times in a row at night, another issue may be at play. This may not be due to the small bladder or undeveloped sphincter muscles.

For instance, the question may be, why does my puppy pee every 10 minutes at night? And this may turn out to be due to issues like UTIs, diabetes, kidney problems and so on.

It could also be due to behavioral issues, such as attention seeking.

Thus if you had the why does my puppy keep peeing at night, these may be the reasons for it.

If an 8 week old puppy pees every 15 minutes at night, the problem may a UTI, a kidney problem or a diabetes case. Then again, it could be a behavioral issue, such as anxiety or attention seeking.

Thus if my puppy pees every 15 minutes at night, I would think in terms of these sorts of issues.

Even if the puppy is peeing every 10 minutes at night, those would still be the possibilities.

 

Why Is My Puppy Peeing A Lot Suddenly?

Sometimes, one may have a case of a puppy all of a sudden peeing a lot.

Indeed, many of the people who pose the why is my puppy peeing so much question are in this situation.

If you find a puppy peeing a lot all of a sudden, it may be due to a new infection. So, for instance, you find that the puppy has to pee every 20 minutes due to a newly developed UTI.

In some cases, the puppy pees on floor every few minutes, due to that sort of infection.

We also have cases in which kidney problems set in suddenly. Then the dog starts to pee frequently on account of that problem.

Thus if a 10 week old puppy pees every 20 minutes, it may be due to this sort of problem.

But usually, this happens in older puppies. So you may find that a 4 month old puppy pees a lot due a kidney problem that is setting in.

The puppy may have been born with the kidney problem. But its symptoms start to manifest a little later. And the result is excessive peeing puppy problem.

Then again, a kidney problem can also cause a puppy not peeing a lot (which would be even worse).

There are also cases in which a puppy starts peeing a lot suddenly due to a new behavioral issue.

Something may trigger anxiety in the puppy, causing it to start peeing incessantly.

If my puppy is peeing all the time all of a sudden, and medical issues have been ruled out, I would then consider behavioral challenges.

For instance, if my puppy pees every ten minutes, it may be due to a sudden-onset behavioral issue.

 

Why Is My Puppy Peeing A Lot After Spaying?

Sometimes, you may notice that your puppy starts peeing a lot after spaying. It is specifically a case of a female puppy peeing frequently, after spaying.

This then gets you wondering, why is my puppy peeing so much after being spayed?

In fact, many of the people who pose the why is my puppy peeing so much question tend to be individuals with recently spayed dogs.

So, for instance, you find that my puppy is peeing every 10 minutes, after spaying. Or you generally find that my puppy is peeing a lot more than usual, after spaying.

In this case, the cause is straightforward. The hormonal imbalances that follow spaying are the reason for the dog peeing so much.

Thus if you had the why is my puppy peeing so much question (following spaying), that would be the answer. It is due to the hormonal changes.

 

Why Is My Puppy Peeing A Lot After Neutering?

In other cases, you may note that your puppy peeing a lot after neutering. This would specifically be a case of a male puppy peeing frequently, following neutering.

That then gets you wondering, why is my puppy peeing so much following the neutering operation?

In this case, the puppy pees so much due to the hormonal imbalances that neutering causes.

So you may end up with the puppy peeing every 20 minutes, on this account.

Or it can be in 30 minute intervals: thus getting you to wonder, why is my puppy peeing every 30 minutes after neutering?

Often, it happens more at night, following the neutering operation. That then gets you wondering, why is my puppy peeing so much at night after being neutered?

So the whole problem is due to the hormonal imbalances that come up following neutering.

It can affect a dog of any breed. You may have a Pitbull, Chihuahua or French Bulldog puppy peeing a lot more than usual following neutering.

Even a case in which my Husky puppy pees a lot following neutering, the hormones would be to blame.

Generally, if my puppy pees too much following neutering, I would attribute it to the hormonal changes.

 

Why Is My Puppy Peeing So Much Inside The House?

A case of a puppy peeing a lot in house can cause considerable concern.

It would naturally get one wondering, why is my puppy peeing so much in the house? Or why is my puppy peeing so much inside?

There are many possible reasons for a puppy constantly peeing in house.

A puppy peeing constantly in house may be because the puppy is yet to complete its potty training. That sort of training takes time. But many people expect instant results, hence their disappointment.

In fact, you can have a 15 week puppy still peeing in house due to lack of complete potty training.

A 15 week old puppy still peeing in house actually shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. If you adopted the dog at 8 weeks, it would mean that you have had only 7 weeks for potty training. That may not be adequate.

The puppy’s undeveloped bladder and sphincter muscles may also be to blame. If you research on how often does a 7 week puppy pee, you will see that it is very frequently.

This is due to bladder and sphincter muscle underdevelopment. Naturally, some of this peeing is inside the house.

Then again, a puppy may start peeing too much inside the house due to a behavioral issue.

A puppy with attention seeking behavior or a puppy with anxiety may start peeing too much inside the house.

Medical problems, such as UTIs, kidney problems and diabetes – even tumors – can cause incontinence. This can in turn cause a dog to start peeing too much inside the house.

 

Why Is My Puppy Peeing So Much After Shots?

In most cases, you tend to find that the puppy peeing so much after shots is due to side effects of the medication in the shots.

Thus if you had the why is my puppy peeing so much after shots question, that is the most likely answer.

A puppy peeing a lot after vaccinations is quite common.

Should I be worried if my puppy is peeing a lot after shots? In most cases, there is no reason to worry. The side effect tends to go away after a short while.

 

Puppy Peeing A Lot – What Should I Do About It?

If it is a case of a puppy starting to pee a lot suddenly, you may need to just observe the puppy. This is to see how long it persists. If it is just for one or two days, there would be no reason to worry too much.

But if a puppy starts peeing a lot, and the problem persists, it may be worthwhile to consult a vet.

Cases in which you find a puppy peeing a lot, with other worrisome accompanying symptoms would warrant immediate veterinary attention.

For instance, if you find a puppy peeing a lot, and the pee has blood, take the dog to the vet immediately.

Similarly, if you find a puppy peeing a lot, and also vomiting, having diarrhea, being lethargic and so on, consult a vet immediately.

The vet may examine the dog, and carry out tests, to establish the exact reason for the puppy peeing a lot.

If it is a medical issue, the vet can initiate the appropriate treatment.

And if it is a behavioral issue, the vet may recommend the appropriate interventions or make a referral to the right specialist.

 

Final Verdict – Why Is My Puppy Peeing So Much

Puppies naturally pee more often than adult dogs. This is because their bladders are smaller. And their sphincter muscles (with which to hold back pee) are underdeveloped.

Sometimes though, a puppy may pee too much because of medical issues. Those can include things like UTIs, kidney problems and diabetes, as well as brain and spine tumors.

Some medications’ side effects may include peeing too much.

And it is quite usual for puppies to pee too much after neutering or spaying, due to the hormonal changes.

Why is my puppy peeing so much
Why is my puppy peeing so much?

A puppy may also pee too much due to behavioral issues. Attention seeking behaviors and anxiety often cause a dog to pee too much.

What to do about a puppy peeing too much depends on the underlying cause.

If it is due to a medical problem such as a UTI, treatment with antibiotics may suffice. So you take the puppy to the vet, for diagnosis and treatment.

Similarly, puppies that pee too much due to diabetes and kidney problems often stop doing so once treatment is initiated.

If a puppy is peeing too much as a side effect from a medication, the excessive peeing normally stops once the dog stops taking the medication.

And if a puppy is peeing too much due to behavioral issues, the problem tends to cease once proper interventions are put in place. 

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