Can a dog go three days without peeing?

Answered by Willie Powers

A dog’s ability to hold its urine for an extended period of time can vary depending on several factors such as age, size, health, and individual bladder capacity. While it is possible for a dog to hold its urine for up to three days, it is not recommended and can be detrimental to their health.

Typically, dogs need to urinate every six to eight hours. This is a general guideline and may vary for each dog. Puppies and senior dogs may have a smaller bladder capacity and may need to relieve themselves more frequently. Additionally, certain medical conditions or medications can increase or decrease a dog’s need to urinate.

It is essential to provide regular opportunities for your dog to relieve itself throughout the day. By preventing your dog from urinating for an extended period, you risk several health issues. Holding urine for too long can lead to urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or even urinary retention, which is a condition where the bladder becomes distended and unable to empty properly.

I remember a personal experience with my own dog. There was an instance when I had to leave my dog at home for an unexpectedly long period due to an emergency. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it back in time to let him out to pee. When I returned home, my dog was visibly uncomfortable, pacing, and whimpering. He immediately relieved himself once I let him outside. It was clear that holding his urine for an extended period was distressing for him.

While dogs have a remarkable ability to hold their urine, it is crucial to prioritize their well-being and provide them with regular opportunities to relieve themselves. If you anticipate being away from home for an extended period, it is advisable to arrange for someone to let your dog out or consider using doggy daycare services.

While it is possible for a dog to go three days without urinating, it is not recommended or healthy for them. Regular bathroom breaks are essential for their overall well-being and to prevent potential health issues. As a responsible dog owner, it is our duty to prioritize our pet’s needs and ensure they have ample opportunities to relieve themselves.