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Video: What Happens When I Try to Wait As Long to Pee As My Dog?

Reviewed by Dr. Peter Kintzer, DVM, DACVIM on Monday, August 10, 2015
Posted August 07, 2015 in A Pet's Life

We all know the feeling– the feeling of having a full bladder. As humans, we usually have the privilege of going to the bathroom whenever we please. ‘Holding it’ is even considered dangerous for our health, so why should that be any different for our pets?

To get an idea of what our dogs go through each day, I decided to conduct an experiment on the art of ‘holding it’. I reached out to Dr. Phil Zeltzman, who told me Harley’s bladder is about the size of a fist- less than HALF the size of my bladder. I decided to see what it’s like when a medium-sized dog, like Harley, only gets 1 pee-break during the average workday. Watch the video below as I try to ‘hold it’ for 10 hours. And let me tell you, the struggle is very real!

When Harley was a puppy, the first thing we tackled was house training [Learn about house training here]. Once we conquered that, I made the biggest mistake in thinking: ‘Awesome! She’ll never have an accident again!’ Boy was I wrong! Sure, she had accidents– but I found it very hard to put the blame on her. If someone had asked me to ‘hold it’ until they returned, I’d probably look at them like they had 5 heads.

So, what are your options for reducing accidents in the house? The first thing you may think of is to restrict water, but do not do that unless under a veterinarian’s direction. Hydration is an important part of kidney health. Learn more about kidney disease in dogs here >>

Without restricting water, here are some other options:

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.


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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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