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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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How Long Can Dogs Hold Their Pee?

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Sep 6 ·

How long can dogs hold their pee? The answer may surprise you. If you’re at work all day long and you have a housebroken adult dog at home, you can be fairly certain they’ll be okay until you get home. However, that doesn’t mean you should have your dog wait all day, or else there could be negative effects on your dog’s bladder.

how long can dogs hold their pee

How long can dogs hold their pee?

The short answer is that dogs can hold their pee for about 10 to 12 hours. It sounds impressive in theory, but your pooch shouldn’t actually go that long without relieving themselves. So, if you’re working a nine-hour shift at work, it’s best to have a family member, friend, or dog walker stop by your house at least or twice during the day to let your doggo outside.

Despite how long they can hold their bladder, you should bring your doggo outside at least five times per day. Allowing them the chance to urinate outside every three to five hours is a good time range.

Consider age, breed size, diet, and health

There are many factors to this, though. For example, whether or not your dog can hold their pee will depend on their age, breed size, health, and diet.

A puppy will be able to hold its pee for only one to three hours. On the other hand, an adult can hold their bladder for much longer. Then, as they grow older and become a senior, they may only be able to hold their pee for about two to six hours, depending on their age and how their body has aged.

In addition, a larger dog has a bigger bladder than a small dog breed. So, your Saint Bernard will be able to hold its pee a lot longer than a Chihuahua.

Your dog’s diet has a lot to do with it as well. For example, if you feed them wet canned food, which has moisture in it, they’ll need to pee more rather than if they have a solid kibble diet. Also, if your doggo has any health issues, such as diabetes, kidney disease, or they’re on medication with side effects, then they may have to pee more frequently.

how long can dogs hold their pee

Have a bathroom routine

Knowing how long a dog can go without peeing doesn’t mean that’s the same amount of time for every dog. It’s also not good for your to consistently hold their pee nearly all day, every day. This is one of the reasons a bathroom routine is so important.

When you have a puppy, and they’re potty training, a routine is important to have for the sake of potty training. But even when your doggo is fully trained, that doesn’t mean the routine should stop. As a puppy, take your pooch outside to go the bathroom every one to two hours. Use words such as “go the bathroom” or “go pee” to associate them relieving themselves outside. Of course, your pup may not have to go every single time. But the routine and association help them to learn.

Once they’re fully potty trained and they’re older to hold their pee a little longer, you can take your pooch outside every three to five hours. This keeps your doggo in a good routine, and they’ll go to the bathroom at certain times during the day, which can work around feeding times as well. In addition, it’ll help decrease midnight bathroom runs.

What happens if your dog holds their pee too long too often?

Having a bathroom routine is important because it helps regulate your dog’s body. In addition, it gives them the option, even if they don’t have to go. For example, your dog can hold their pee overnight for eight to nine hours, as long as you bring them outside before bed and again right when you wake up. However, this isn’t something you want to do when you’re at work all day.

Your pooch can develop bladder issues if they hold their pee for too long often. For example, you should call your veterinarian if you notice any of the symptoms listed below.

  • Blood in the urine
  • Constance licking
  • Frequent accidents
  • Straining while urinating
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Dribbling pee
  • Frequent urination attempts

how long can dogs hold their pee

Know your dog

Given that there are so many reasons as to why your dog has to pee frequently or why they don’t. This could be from their age or size. For example, However, be sure to know your dog’s habits so that if you notice anything out of the ordinary, you can call your vet right away.

Similar reading: learn more about your dog’s health

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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