Typically after surgery, particularly spay surgery, dogs have difficulty with urinating without assistance, and it can be a source of concern for the average pet owner. This difficulty may be due to boredom, lethargy, or weakness that come post-operation or the inability to pose to urinate. This article will give you practical tips and steps that will help to encourage your dog to urinate.
Is it Normal for a Dog Not to Urinate after Surgery?
After being spayed, your dog may find it difficult to pee or poo. For example, after spay surgery, there will be a wound site on the genitals of both male and female dogs. So, it’s normal for them to experience difficulty in urinating or defecating. Post-operatively, your dog may get bored and lethargic about everything. As a result, he may not want to walk outside to urinate. Also, some pain medication given to your dog in large doses can reduce his urge to urinate. So, help your dog to get mobility. Walk him outside to urinate. If he is a tiny breed, you can carry him around. However, if the issue continues for 24 hours, please take him to your vet.
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What Can Cause a Dog to Not Be Able to Urinate?
Your dog’s difficulty with urinating is due to many factors, depending on the underlying medical conditions:
- Inadequate water intake
- Some pain medication can reduce the urge to urinate
- Decreased thirst level
- A dog who has had many urinary tract infections may begin to have trouble urinating due to bladder distention
- Spinal cord injury and lesions
- Injury to nerves or trauma leading to compression
- Disk herniation
- Some surgeries like spaying may facilitate an inability to urinate
- Dysautonomia, a neurological disease equally known as Key-Gaskell syndrome
- Scar tissue on the bladder or urethra
- A urinary tract infection may move into the bladder
- Anatomic abnormalities (congenital or contracted)
How to Encourage Dog to Urinate After Surgery?
You have to increase the water intake of your dog. Make fresh water available for him all the time and get him to drink it. You may want to stimulate urination in him. It’s a good idea. Feed him moist foods that are free from salt, garlic, and other spicy ingredients. You should walk your dog outside at least two times a day to urinate. Exercise him a little to make him feel thirsty and drink some water. If all these methods do not yield the desired results, you may want to seek veterinary service.
How Long Should It Take For a Dog to Pee After Surgery?
It may take 7-14 days for your dog to resume his normal potty routine. He may not be able to go to the toilet unaided. Surgery leaves dogs with difficulty with urinating and defecating. After surgery, especially spay or bladder stone surgery, you will need to take him outside often to urinate. He’s also likely to have a little blood in his urine. Don’t be harsh to him if he’s acting this way after surgery. It’s normal. If you are getting stressed out already, consult your vet for more assistance.
My Dog Has Not urinated in 48 Hours (possible causes)
This is an abnormality. Your pet is meant to urinate at least twice a day. This requires urgent medical attention. However, it can be caused by underlying issues like obstruction in the urethra due to blockage occasioned by crystals in the urine, prostate disease, cancer, decreased thirst level, and overdose of over-the-counter drugs. Your dog might need a specialized diagnosis to test the underlying medical condition responsible for the inability to urinate for a long time. You should also stop all the urine-stimulating drugs you are giving him and check with your vet.
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How Long Can a Dog Go Without Urinating?
Older dogs can stay without urinating for up to 10-12 hours if need be, perhaps your dog traveling with you on a plane. On average, an adult dog should be permitted to pee themselves at least 3-5 times per day. That’s at least once every 8 hours. Puppies can hold their pee up to 3 hours though they don’t have to.
What Can I Give My Dog to Help Him Urinate?
You may need to give your dog antibiotics for urinary tract infection. You can also increase your dog’s water intake. Take him outside at least 2-3 times a day to urinate. Feed him a healthy diet regularly. Inform your vet before you introduce a specialized diet to your dog. Urinary acidifiers or alkalinizes are also effective in stimulating urination in your dog. Your vet may also give medication to your dog to calm the bladder and urethra. Your dog may need surgery to correct his congenital abnormality and prostate issue.