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Why Is My Recently Spayed Dog Urinating More?
Don’t assume that your dog is misbehaving; something physical may be going on.
In such a case, try your best to not get frustrated. Your dog is likely in
pain or has a physical ailment that requires veterinary intervention. The
following are some possible scenarios to rule out before assuming your dog has
suddenly forgotten potty-training or is urinating out of spite (which they
never do, by the way).
Possible Causes of Dog Accidents After Being Spayed
The following are some potential causes for a sudden increase of accidents
around the house or an abnormal increase in urination. Of course, these are
just assumptions; you would have to obviously consult your vet for a proper
diagnosis. The following should not be used as a replacement for professional
Your Dog Is Groggy or in Pain
If your dog just came home from a spay surgery, she may still be groggy if she
was spayed the same day. Many vets keep spayed dogs overnight, so when the
owner picks the dog up the morning after, the dog is more awake and alert.
On the other hand, some vets send dogs home the same day as the surgery. This
results in a dog that is often groggy, and at times, they may even have
difficulty walking. If so, your dog may soil the home because she is too
groggy to get around on her own.
On the other hand, your dog may be in pain and not feel too well to attend to
her bladder and bowel needs as she would normally do. Many vets will send
spayed dogs home with a bottle of pain medications to expedite recovery.
A little post-surgery rest can go a long way.
Your Dog Drank a Lot
Many times, when dogs come home from the hospital, they may be extra thirsty
and they may drink excessively. Some dogs may even vomit from gulping down
lots of water all at once after surgery, according to Vet Surgery Central. If
so, water should be limited to smaller amounts. This excessive drinking
combined with the dog being possibly in pain, groggy, or excited to be home,
may result in an accident.
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Urinary Tract Infection
Because after a spay surgery a dog is recovering and, at times is in pain,
chances are she may hold the urine for a longer period of time then usual.
This causes the urine to concentrate and create the ideal environment for
bacteria to thrive. Another potential cause is the fact that the urethra is
relaxed when the dog is anesthetized. This makes it easier for bacteria to
travel up there causing an infection.
A dog with a urinary tract infection will urinate more and on a more frequent
basis. Often, only a few drops will be expelled, and the dog may be seen
squatting frequently. At times, blood is seen in the urine. If a urinary tract
infection is suspected, the dog will have to be on antibiotics for a couple of
weeks. It helps to allow the dog to drink more until she can see the vet if no
same-day appointments are available and the dog is not miserable.
There are many other potential causes such as bladder stones or a mass in the
bladder wall, but it would take a coincidence to make such conditions to show
up rights after the surgery.
As mentioned, these are just a few potential causes. You should consult with
your vet that did the surgery for a better idea of what may be going on.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It
is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription,
or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional.
Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a
Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on April 16, 2012:
Great Hub.. this is very important to help treat your dog. Our pets are so
special to us..they are like our family. If this happens to us we go see a
doctor right away that’s how we should think about our pets.
Blessings to you