3 Reasons Why Your Dog Hasn’t Urinated For Over 12 Hours

Dog Urination

Dogs have to use the bathroom and urinate regularly in order for them to stay healthy. While dogs don’t have a particular amount of times they need to urinate, it’s always concerning if your dog hasn’t urinated for more than 12 hours. Some common reasons for lack of urination in dogs are listed below to help you figure out what’s going on and how to fix the problem.

Why Your Dog Hasn’t Urinated For Over 12 Hours

A dog not urinating for over 12 hours is concerning to most pet owners. There are several different minor reasons why this is happening, but sometimes it’s the result of a more serious issue. You should reach out to a veterinarian as soon as you can once you notice the lack of urination. Reaching out to a veterinarian ensures that there is not a serious issue going on, such as a blockage, tumor, or potentially serious infection.

Your Dog Has a Urinary Condition

Urinary stones and a urinary tract infection are two common conditions that can cause your dog not to urinate often. Diabetic dogs and older female dogs are more susceptible to urinary tract infections. If you don’t treat the infection it can lead into more serious problems such as kidney failure or a ruptured bladder.

Urinary stones on the other hand are common in certain breeds of dogs and mostly are found within the bladder. Urate stones are common in dogs such as Black Russian Terriers, Dalmatians, and Bulldogs. Struvite bladder stones are common in certain breeds such as Cocker Spaniels, Miniature Poodles, and Miniature Schnauzers.

Tumors are also a possibility within the urinary tract and it can also happen in the bladder itself. The tumors are essentially an abnormal growth of tissues, which then goes onto create a mass. Some tumors are cancerous while other tumors are benign, but tumors of all kinds can cause serious obstructions.

Your Dog Feels Nervous

Feeling stressed or nervous could also cause your dog not to urinate as often as they should be or need to. A new environment is one stress that could hinder urination in your dog, especially if you have just moved into a new location. If other dogs are around the area where your dog typically urinates, this could also create feelings of nervousness.

Your Dog is Dehydrated

Dehydration could be the culprit if your dog is not urinating as often, especially if it’s more than 12 hours in between relieving themselves. Ensure that your dog has access to clean water all around the house to help prevent dehydration. Cleaning the water bowl daily and giving fresh water will entice your dog to drink.

What Happens if a Dog Holds His Pee Too Long?

Just like with people, if a dog holds in their pee too long it can cause severe health issues. A dog could end up with a UTI or could get urinary stones. There also is the concern that the carcinogens found in urine and within the urinary tract could cause or predispose your dog to certain types of urinary cancer.

How Often Should I Take My Dog Out to Pee?

You should be taking your dog out to urinate at least four or five times each day. The frequency of urination in dogs will depend upon a variety of factors, such as sex of the dog, health of the dog, and the body size of the dog. Smaller dogs are known to have to urinate more often than bigger dogs, and the younger the dog is the more often they will need to urinate.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.


  1. janet iames February 1, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    my dog has had a reversale surgery after a vet nicked his penis now of course he cannot pee but his bladder feefs full

  2. Scott Repella January 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    My 9 month old male German Shepherd has not pissed in like 9 hrs he has had water all day long and still nothing he will drink and drink but will not pee, He does poop which is normal but to me its like he refuses to pee. I am not to sure why.

    1. Theresa LaFrance June 10, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      The same thing is happening with my 12 week old G.S!!!

  3. Joyce March 2, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    My dogs lefts his leg then does no pee.he walks around a lot before he pees

  4. Dee June 12, 2021 at 3:51 am

    My son’s dog too. She is a German shepherd. What type of dogs do you all have and did you find out what was wrong

  5. Martha July 18, 2021 at 3:14 am

    Ours is a GSD as well
    We thought it was the rain

  6. Oliva August 15, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    My 8 year old dog, he’s a big dog, and I drove across country and moved to New York. We are originally from a small town in Nebraska so it is a very HUGE change. He went potty just fine on the way up here, every time we stopped, I would take him out to potty and he was good. But now that we’re finally done driving and in a new apartment, he has not went potty at all. It’s been a little over 24 hours and he has not went pee or poop. I’m sure he’s very overwhelmed with a new environment and all the noise and smells. He is too afraid to go outside, so I got him puppy pads for the house in hopes he would use them to pee but he’s still refusing to potty. He’s been acting fine otherwise; playing, cuddling, sleeping, eating, and drinking just fine. I’m not sure what to do to encourage him to pee.

  7. selena August 27, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    my husky hurt her foot, it’s doing well and getting treated, but last since last night she is now not peeing. she is still eating

  8. Dylan August 31, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    My dog has not peed nor poop in 24 hours. She’s stressing me out so much. She’s conceiving now. The past few days, she isn’t pooping. She pooped yesterday. Now she’s not peeing.

  9. Terry October 12, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    New rescue. 14 hour drive. No pee or pooh since 6 am yesterday! Nearly 5 p now. Eating well drank approx 10 ounces since 6 a yesterday. Help!

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