Adrienne is a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, former veterinarian assistant, and author of Brain Training for Dogs.
Why Is My Recently Spayed Dog Urinating More?
If your dog was doing pretty well in potty-training or was completely house-trained has suddenly started having accidents around the house following a spay surgery, this should raise a big red flag. Most likely, the dog is not 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 Accident
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, therefore, should not be used as a replacement for professional veterinary advice.
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, at times they 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.
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.
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 and 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 and you should consult with your vet that did the surgery for a better idea of what may be going on.
Disclaimer: this article is not supposed to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If your dog is sick or not acting normally, please consult with your vet for a hands-on examination, diagnosis and treatment plan. By reading this article, you automatically accept this disclaimer.
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 veterinarian immediately.
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