Is it bad for dog to hold pee overnight?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

From my personal experience as a dog owner, I can tell you that it is not ideal for dogs to hold their urine in for extended periods of time, especially overnight. Dogs have smaller bladders than humans, so they can’t hold it in for as long. Holding their urine for too long can lead to physical discomfort and even health issues.

One of the most common problems that can arise from holding urine in for too long is a bladder infection. When dogs hold their urine, bacteria can multiply in the bladder, leading to an infection. This can cause symptoms such as frequent urination, straining to urinate, and blood in the urine. If left untreated, bladder infections can become more serious and even spread to the kidneys.

In addition to bladder infections, holding urine in for too long can also lead to the formation of crystals and stones in the urinary tract. These can cause blockages and urinary obstructions, which can be extremely painful for dogs and may require emergency veterinary care.

Furthermore, holding urine in for extended periods of time can cause discomfort and can lead to behavioral issues. Dogs may become anxious or restless as they try to hold it in, and this can manifest in behaviors such as excessive pacing, whining, or even accidents in the house.

So, how long is too long for a dog to hold their pee? Ideally, dogs should not go more than six hours without an opportunity to relieve themselves. However, this can vary depending on the dog’s age, size, and overall health. Puppies and older dogs may have less bladder control and may need more frequent bathroom breaks.

In my own experience, I make sure to let my dogs out to relieve themselves before bed and again first thing in the morning. I also try to give them opportunities to go outside every few hours during the day, especially if they have been drinking water or have had a lot of exercise.

It is not recommended for dogs to hold their urine in for too long, especially overnight. It can lead to physical discomfort, bladder and urinary tract infections, as well as the formation of crystals and stones. It is important to provide regular opportunities for dogs to relieve themselves to maintain their health and well-being.