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Your dog should be given the opportunity to urinate a minimum of three times daily. Holding urine for a long time makes dogs more prone to urinary tract infections, bladder infections and/or kidney infections because the dog’s bladder becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria in the urine – allowing it to reach high concentration.

Bladder Stones

Dogs who hold their bladder for long periods of time are at high risk for bladder stones. Bladder stones can cause bloody urine and painful elimination. Your dog might also hold a urination stance for longer, as they are almost forcing the act. The pain and irritation may also cause your dog to willfully avoid elimination, prolonging the problem.

Incontinence

Resisting urination for long periods of time can also, paradoxically, lead to incontinence. When a dog holds his urine for extended periods of time this may eventually lead to incontinence. Incontinence in this case can mean that your dog has to strain harder to urinate, cannot completely empty his bladder, or cannot hold his bladder at all. 

Cancer

Holding urine can also lead to transitional cell carcinoma – a malignant cancer of the urinary bladder that affects dogs, cats, and other domestic pets. While cancers are rare in pets, up to 70% of bladder tumors developed by pets are transitional cell carcinomas. The specific causes are not known, but are higher in females, and equated to less urine marking or possibly storing urinary toxins longer.

Make sure to provide opportunities for your dog to urinate at least three times a day. If you’re away from home for long periods of time, consider using puppy training pads.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.