Female Dog Suddenly Peeing in the House – Top 3 Reasons Why
Peeing accidents are annoying to deal with especially if they happen so suddenly. Here are a few common reasons that may explain why a female dog may suddenly start to pee in the house.
1. Urinary tract infections
Female dogs, especially the older female dogs, are more prone than male dogs to getting urinary tract infection (UTI). One reason has to do with the female dog’s physical features. Their urethra is shorter and wider, making them more vulnerable to catching urinary infections. UTIs can cause excessive urination. Your female dog is more likely to cause an indoor peeing accident if they aren’t being taken outside in time.
2. Spay incontinence
Some adult female dogs may suffer from spay incontinence, a form of urinary incontinence that is caused by lower estrogen levels. Female dogs affected by this condition start to unintentionally leak urine because of issues with controlling the urethral sphincter muscles. 5 to 20 percent of spayed dogs may get affected by this condition.
3. Female dogs in heat
Dogs in heat may suddenly want to pee more and this, in turn, can lead to peeing accidents in the house. Urinating is a way for the female dogs to ‘mark’ the house with her scent. They want to leave traces of their breeding hormones by peeing frequently but in small amounts.
Stopping a female dog from peeing in the house
The first step is to rule out any health problems that may cause female dogs to pee in the house. If there are no health or behavioral problems, it might be a case of making sure the female dog has an appropriate place to urinate when you aren’t available to take her outside.