Diabetic Dog Peeing So Much – Why & What to Do Next

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Here are a few common reasons why a diabetic dog may pee so much.

1. Excessive peeing is a part of diabetes

Excessive urination is a common symptom of dogs that have diabetes, whether that’s diabetes mellitus or diabetes insipidus. The latter condition is more rare than the former. Dogs with diabetes insipidus may urinate a few times in an hour. The color of the urine tends to be watery and pale. These kinds of conditions will need to be managed during the dog’s life.

Diabetic dogs may also pee so much because their body is trying to get rid of excess blood sugar. The blood sugar level can rise when the dog’s pancreas is not producing the optimal level of insulin.

2. Improper diet

Diabetic dogs need to be on a specialized dietary plan. Their diets should mainly consist of protein and a balanced mix of soluble and insoluble fiber. Diabetic dogs that are fed too much carbohydrate may pee a lot more than expected because their body needs to deal with the risk of hyperglycemia and glucose toxicity.

3. Urinary tract infections

Dogs with diabetes are prone to getting urinary tract infections (UTI). Excessive urination is a common symptom of UTI. Dogs with UTI may find themselves needing to pee more often, especially at night. They may strain while trying to urinate and also whine or cry out in pain.

Reducing peeing accidents with diabetic dogs

In addition to getting your diabetic dog proper medical care, you can try reducing the peeing accidents at home by introducing a small kiddie pool as the dog’s indoor peeing spot. Place the kiddie pool in a convenient location and train your dog to use it as a litter box. Put down a layer of pee pads and a layer of absorbent materials like cat litter to make the litter box easier to clean.

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