Online experts say urinary frequency in dogs will vary –
due to factors such as age, sex, body size and overall health. Ideally adult dogs should be allowed outside to relieve themselves at least 3-5 times a day. Source: Cesar’s Way
3 to 5 times a day? That’s not possible for me during the week. Am I doing something wrong?
THE RIGHT CONDITIONS –
Last week Charleston was hit with more snow than it’s seen in decades.
Harley had absodoodletely no interest in going outside until he could see grass.
With the ground covered in snow, he would run out, piddle a bit, then he wanted back inside.
Frigid temperatures (I’m talking 17,19 and 21 degrees) caused him to “high-step” through the streets like a miniature Budweiser Clydesdale. #himnothappydoodle
We were home together for five days. During the middle of the day, they never asked to go outside.
Pawhaps because I was with them all day, it made me wonder –
Should they be eliminating themselves more?
Here’s their schedule:
- 7:00am – outside walk after breakfast
- 4:20pm – Doodle Dad let’s them out to relieve themselves
- 5:00pm – outside walk after dinner
Weekends are generally different because we’re rarely home.
On occasion I may take them out before bed depending on our activity, amount of water consumed, or how late we are awake. Both Boys are on my schedule – night owls we are not!
By 9:30pm we three are snoring like a symphony. Doodle Boys are early risers.
Of course should either of them indicate the need to go out, we all go – regardless of the hour.
YELLOW SNOW –
By day two (out of boredom) I started paying attention to the color of their urine against the blanket of white snow.
According to Dr. Becker, there are three categories of dog urine:
- Clear to light yellow – well hydrated
- Bright or dark yellow – dehydrated or having medical problems
- Brown, orange, or reddish pink – cause for concern
The color you want your dog’s urine to be is clear to light yellow. Source: Dr, Karen Becker
*clear with NO yellow (resembling water) is a sign that your dog is drinking too much water or isn’t able to concentrate his urine. Notify your veterinarian.
Jaxson’s color is between light and bright, and Harley’s color is light. There are many kits available for purchase to assist with monitoring dog urine color – if that is a concern of yours.
HOW LONG IS TOO LONG? –
Often people say a dog can go 8-10 hours without having an accident. Is that because he’s built that way OR is he just trying to please us by not “letting go” in the house?
Holding in urine can cause toxins to back up and weaken the bladder muscles. The same is true for dogs. Having them “hold it” for long periods of time can lead to the development of bacteria in the accumulated urine.
Are we then putting them at risk for UTI’s or worse – a bladder or kidney infection? #sayitaintso
Some believe an 8 hour work day is not too much for a dog to endure waiting for a potty break.
Others think working pet parents should invest in a –
- doggy door
- piddle place (must be for small dogs)
- doggy daycare
- dog walker
COULD YOU HOLD IT? –
Snowed in and looking for something to do, I tried to “hang” for the length of time that they wait on any given weekday. Didn’t make it. Not even close.
I know I’m not a doodle – but a bladder is a bladder!
For the next few weeks Doodle Dad will be working from home so this isn’t a major concern at the moment. I will see Doodle Doc later this month for Harley’s annual physical and I plan on having a mini discussion on this topic. Harley is 9 years old now #dontmakemecry The one thing I don’t want to do is overwork his kidneys.
If you’re reading this – I’d love some feedback, suggestions, recommendations or share what YOU do during the week.
We love dialog!
ONE MORE THING –
If you ever read LEG LIFTS VS. SQUATS – FYI: Jaxson’s still squatting #hilarious
Spend this week with who makes you happy, not who you have to impress ❤️