As a responsible dog owner, you want only the best for your pet. You pay attention on his/her health, behavior and monitor if any strange symptoms occur. One of the common questions I hear from French bulldog owners is whether their French bulldogs are peeing a lot. Excessive urination or ‘polyuria’ is not a disease, but there could be many reasons for such occurrence in your pet.
Why does your French bulldog pee a lot?
The reasons for frequent peeing in a dog may vary from completely benign to conditions that will require a vet visit. Here is the list of potential triggers that can induce such behavior in your pet.
Diabetes in French bulldogs:
In dogs, diabetes mellitus is the inability of a dog’s digestive system to create energy from food. The symptoms include peeing frequently and other issues like dehydration and weight loss. When left untreated, it leads to further problems until there are no options for treatment remaining.
Dogs with low blood sugar tend to have a lack of energy and feel the need for more food. To avoid all the additional sugars from their diets, they drink more water and urinate frequently. Canine diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be managed through diet, and appropriate medication.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI):
UTI in dogs is a common and treatable issue. Like incontinence, it affects older female dogs at a much higher rate than male dogs of any age group. UTIs are not the only or most alarming symptoms that pet parents will notice though. Urinary tract infections in French bulldogs can lead to more serious consequences too like kidney failure etc., which need immediate medical attention for your dog’s well-being!
Unspayed or unneutered Frenchie
Spaying and neutering your Frenchie can help reduce marking behaviors. If you are not planning to breed French bulldogs, consider altering them so their chances of being involved in these types of actions are reduced by 50-60%. Many studies have shown that unspayed or unneutered dogs are more prone to marking territory inside the house.
Unfortunately, French bulldogs are prone to separation anxiety because they belong to companion dog breeds. In case you’ve noticed that your Frenchie is peeing in the house when he spends time alone, then you have to monitor other symptoms too. Excessive barking, howling, loss of appetite, chewing on home items, and defecating can also be the symptoms of separation anxiety.
Marking a territory
Territorial or urinary-marking is one of many reasons why your French bulldog pees so often on walks outside. It’s difficult to differentiate whether he was just doing his business or if it were part of an act that signified territory status. However, there are some clues to take note of. Normal urination is a long and sustained stream versus stopping abruptly with only a few drops at once. Urine marking occurs in short bursts.
Dog owners may find themselves in the midst of a urine-marking contest if they adopt two dogs and let them share their space. One way to take care of this problem is by neutering or spaying dogs, as it will prevent marking behaviors from happening.
During warmer months, our French bulldogs need to drink more water because they have sweat glands on their paw pads only. When a dog pants to cool down from the heat, it uses up its body’s stores of water and can dehydrate very fast. Pooches who often go inside and outside may drink more water while in warm weather, but they won’t lose these extra hydration supplies when returning indoors where temperatures are controlled by air conditioning or heating systems. This can result in excessive peeing in your Frenchie.
How to prevent your French bulldog from peeing in the house?
When a dog reaches certain life stages, brain chemistry and behavior patterns change to produce new or unwanted behaviors. This is called regression in training. Common causes of feelings that there’s been regression are lapses in training or unrealistic expectations from the pet parent’s part. If you’ve determined the cause with your vet about peeing behavior in your Frenchie, then you can spray the spots in the house with a mix of orange juice and vinegar. It will deter him from marking wherever you spray the mixture.