Dog Hasn’t Urinated in Over 12 or 24 Hours – Top 3 Reasons Why

Irregular peeing could indicate issues with your dog’s health. While dogs don’t have a particular amount of times they need to urinate, it most definitely is a concern if your dog hasn’t urinated for more than 12 hours. Here are some common reasons that may explain dogs that haven’t urinated for many hours.

1. Your Dog Has a Urinary Condition

Urinary stones and urinary tract infections are two common medical conditions that can cause your dog to not urinate often. Diabetic dogs and older female dogs are more susceptible to urinary tract infections. It can lead to more serious health problems such as kidney failures or a ruptured bladder if the infection is left untreated.

Urinary stones are common in certain breeds of dogs and are mostly found within the dog’s bladder. Urate stones are common in dog breeds 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, which in turn, leads to irregular peeing patterns.

While it won’t resolve the immediate problem, it wouldn’t hurt to feed your dog bladder health supplements to reduce the likelihood of the dog being affected by urinary problems in the future.

2. Your Dog Feels Nervous

Feeling stressed or nervous could also cause your dog not to urinate as often as they should be. Being in a new environment, for example, is one stress that could reduce the likelihood of your dog peeing. This can also happen when you have unfamiliar dogs or strangers in the area where your dog typically pees.

It’s not so different to the same problem that we humans face. Some of us suffer from shy bladder syndrome, which makes it difficult for someone to pee when there are other people in the vicinity. It’s no different for some dogs. This one should be easy to resolve. Find out and stop what’s causing your dog to feel nervous.

3. Your Dog is Dehydrated

Dehydration could also be the culprit if your dog hasn’t relieved himself for more than 12 hours. Double check that your dog has constant access to clean drinking water. You might need to replace the water bowl more often when the weather gets hot. Some dogs may also refuse to drink from the water bowl if it gets too dirty so make sure it is cleaned daily.

It may also help to give your dog treats that contain a lot of water content. Watermelon, for example, is 92% water and can make a good treat for dogs as long as it’s given in moderation.

What Happens if a Dog Holds His Pee Too Long?

Just like with people, dogs can suffer from serious health issues if they hold their pee for too long. They could end up with issues like 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. Make sure your dog is never holding it in for too long.

How Often Should I Take My Dog Out to Pee?

Ideally, you should be taking your dog out to urinate at least three or four times each day. The frequency of urination in dogs will depend upon a variety of factors, such as the dog’s gender, general health, and the dog’s body size. Smaller dogs are known for urinating more often than bigger dogs, and the younger the dog is, the more often they will need to urinate.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


  • janet iames | 01/02/2020

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

  • Scott Repella | 12/01/2021

    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.

  • Theresa LaFrance | 10/06/2021

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

  • Mary | 06/01/2022

    My dog is 15 years old and he is doing the exact same

  • Joyce | 02/03/2021

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

  • Dee | 12/06/2021

    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

  • Martha | 18/07/2021

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

  • Oliva | 15/08/2021

    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.

  • selena | 27/08/2021

    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

  • Dylan | 31/08/2021

    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.

  • Terry | 12/10/2021

    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!

  • Sara Aparicio | 04/11/2021

    I got a new shihtzu and he has been struggling to pee, I am not sure he pees about twice a day, but today he has held it in for almost 10 hours. he has been home for just a week. Not sure what to do? please help.

  • mary | 29/12/2021

    When I adopted my male Shih tzu I panicked as well, thinking he wasn’t peeing. Many times male Shih Tzus will pee standing or squatting like a female. I think it has to do with their breed having long hair.

  • Ann Marie | 20/12/2021

    2-year-old dachshund who has not peed or pooped all day. He ate twice and has been for several walks and went to the doggie park and ran around. The vet gave us Reconcile because he is so nervous. We adopted him from another family, who really didn’t do much with him. He makes anywhere he wants. He did make outside yesterday morning and has pooped a few times on the street during our walks. He doesn’t seemed interested in other dogs scents. Otherwise, he is a really nice dog. We have had him for a month now, and he has become part of the family. I am trying not to stress, but I am at my wits ends. I don’t know if this is normal. I have had dogs all of my life and I have never encountered this before.

  • Harriet Johnson | 21/05/2022

    I got a new 5 yr old dog, fullbread Yorkie. He came from a good home and he hasn’t peed or pooped in over 12 hours. He is drinking and eating good. He is in a strange place, and previous owner said at one time he had kidney stones. He is about a 6lb. Dog. He will not use pad or yard.

  • Mary | 19/08/2023

    5 year old dachshund will NOT pee. Moved to a new place, was ok for a bit and relapsed into not peeing. Had her to the vet, she’s physically fine except for not peeing. Used to be a sweet compliant little girl , but now it’s a struggle to stay patient with her. I’m at a total loss as to what to do.

  • Destiny S | 03/09/2023

    Seeking advise from anyone with experience with a similar story. My 3 year old male GSD was in a altercation last night. He got bit by anything German Shepard and is limping today. The wounds aren’t my concern, my concern is that he has not gone pee in 16+ hours. Incident took place last night at midnight. My dog never participated, he just stood there while the other dog was biting him yelping. I was only able to find one small puncture on his leg that’s making him keep all his weight off the leg. It’s a Sunday in Oklahoma and all the vets are closed today and tomorrow for the holiday. So anything helps. I did administer a shot of penicillin just to be safe, and my dog has had his DHPP and Rabies vacc. This year.

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