Has peeing on the bed become a regular habit of your canine? Think before you scold him as it can be a more serious health concern. Read through to know why your dog pees in bed.
Parenting is no doubt a tough job, and every day, you learn new lessons out of your own experience. Similarly, handling pets and training them is time is a task that requires a lot of patience and empathy.
It is for sure frustrating to find a wet dog bed now and then. However, you should be ready to inspect the reasons behind your pet, demonstrating this behavior rather than blame him or pointing at a lack of training.
The issue can sometimes be more to do with infections, anxiety, or his general health condition. Through this article, we help you understand the several reasons why your dog pees in bed and also possible remedies to it.
The first thing that you need to get out of your mind is that is has nothing to do with your pup’s young age or potty training. It points to the health concerns your canine companion might be facing if this is a recurring episode. Bed wetting can happen when your canine is sleeping or wide awake.
Again, the reasons behind each of these two instances can be different. So, the first step is to identify when your canine companion is wetting his bed. Let’s inspect the reasons separately in both scenarios.
Pees while he is in sound asleep
As parents, it is quite common to find your toddler wetting his bed. However, you cannot go easy when you notice this in your pet dog or pup, as it has nothing to do with his age.
1. Urinary Incontinence
This is a hormonal condition that affects female dogs that are sterilized. It is also known as the hormone-responsive urinary incontinence. Dog experts say that decreased estrogen levels as a result of the removal of ovaries cause this health concern in dogs.
Studies show that the estrogen levels control the urethral sphincter (a muscle that helps in holding the urine). So, when there is less of this hormone, the muscle becomes more relaxed, making it difficult for the dog to hold it. As your dog ages, this muscle becomes weaker, and you will notice increased instances of bed wetting, especially in sleep. It is not a condition that is difficult to treat. You are sure to find remedies with your local vet.
2. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
This is yet another common reason why dogs pee in the bed. You can identify this condition by looking out for symptoms such as painful urination, blood in the urine, and reduced bladder control.
Dogs affected by UTI find it difficult to hold the urine as they often feel their bladder is full even when it is not. They will need frequent breaks and should be urged out of bed faster to avoid bed wetting. You can administer a round of antibiotics in consultation with your vet to fix the problem.
3. Other common issues
Several health conditions can lead to lesser bladder control in dogs. If your canine has had spinal cord injuries, diabetes, cognitive disorders, and bladder stones, you might find him wetting the bed quite often. What pet owners must take note is that your canine might leak urine in small amounts initially.
However, all these conditions are progressive, and a vet visit is strongly recommended to help your dog deal with it in the early stages.
Pees when he is awake
Experts believe that dogs will do everything they can to avoid wetting or soiling their beds as they have an instinct to keep their sleeping areas clean. So, if he is not able to keep up this natural behavior, something is troubling your canine.
1. Emotional distress
Fear, anxiety, and stress can make your loyal companion temporarily lose control over his bladder. Sudden thunderstorms, unknown guests at home, or fear of another animal may prompt such unusual behavior. They might be scared to leave their comfort zones (their beds) and venture out to answer nature’s call.
Dogs also tend to become more anxious when you leave them alone at home. They will indirectly inform you of the anxiety they are going through when alone at home.
The best remedy is to address the underlying cause then treating the symptom. You will have to keep a close watch on when he is exhibiting this behavior to understand the reason.
Marking is the usual behavior of any male or female dogs.
However, most dogs want to keep their beds clean. Some insecure pets who tend to protect their belongings will resort to this marking. These instances are commonly found when you try to introduce a new pet into your home. In this case, you have to take extra care and give your canine friend all the confidence.
Also, re-in force the appropriate habits so that he is reminded that when he is doing is not right. Figuring out the reason may be stressful and time-consuming. However, it is in your best interest to identify the reason than to deal with washing the dog bed often. Also, you would not want to see a gloomy and anxious companion all the time.
Punishing your canine is also not the ideal way of dealing with frequent bed wetting, as it might lead to confusion. We cannot overstress the importance of having to visit your vet if you come across such issues, that is the best way of dealing with this in different behavior. The professional will know by experience and examination the exact reason and also help you reach a workable solution.
Having read this article, you will surely not be angry with your canine friend when you find him in a wet bed; rather, you will try analyzing the reason for it.