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Dog Holding Urine All Day
Having your dog hold urine all day can lead to serious health problems
Most of us are aware that it is important to pee when we have to. That not obeying our bodies and holding in urine can cause toxins to back up, weaken the bladder muscles and more.
The same is true for dogs! I often hear people say that their dog can go 8 – 10 hours without having an accident in the house. Of course he can! Your positive reinforcement training works! Dogs strive to please their people.
However, having your dog ‘hold it in’ for long periods can lead to the development of bacteria in the accumulated urine. This can lead to a urinary tract infection or worse – a bladder or kidney infection.
Having a dog hold urine for long periods can also cause bladder stones. Over time, spending days, weeks, months and years holding urine for extended periods can also contribute to incontinence.
Of course, many people have full time jobs and are away from home for extended hours. That doesn’t mean the dog has to go all day without peeing. Here are some solutions:
Collar Activated Doggy Door – Obviously if you live in an apartment, this is not an option. But if you live in a house/condo/townhouse with a private (and enclosed) yard, this gives your dog the option to go when he/she needs to. All collar activated pet doors utilize a radio frequency infrared device, magnetic or electro-magnetic technology. All of these doors have sensors that pick up a signal from a small transmitter on the dog’s collar. Only when the signal is received will an automatic pet door open. There are many brands available, all offering various sizes to meet the needs of small, medium and large dogs. Prices range from $100 to around $400.
Doggy Daycare – What a wonderful way for your dog to spend his/her day! This gives him/her time to socialize, exercise and not be bored or lonely. Many doggy daycare centers offer pick up and drop off service. The added bonus – when you get home at the end of a long day, your dog will also be tired! Prices vary – anywhere from $6 – $25 per day. Some centers offer discounted prices when booking by the month.
Dog Walker/Sitter – If Doggy Daycare is out of your budget, consider having a dog walker come walk your dog midday. Or hire a pet sitter to come play with your dog (and let him/her out to pee/poop) every afternoon. Prices range from $10 – $20 for each walk/visit. Discounted rates are usually offered for bulk booking. A great advantage in hiring a professional walker/sitter is that they are insured, often know first aid for pets, can recognize an emergency and take action. As the pet sitting business has grown, there are more and more networks for individual sitters to belong to. If he or she is ill, they can often find an equally experienced walker/sitter to substitute for them.
Neighborhood kid – Many pre-teens/teens are looking for a little extra cash. If you have a responsible kid living in your neighborhood who simply loves dogs, this can be a perfect match. Also check out Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts – some members are looking for volunteer hours to earn specific badges.
Many of these options cost less annually than the expense of the health issue they are helping to prevent.
Have any other suggestions you would like to share? Please feel free to comment.
This entry was written by jodi at http://holistichealthypets.net, posted on April 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm
This article was originally posted and authorized for reposting by Jodi Ziskin at http://holistichealthypets.netHolisticHealthyPets.net
Jodi is a Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Specialist for Cats and Dogs and a Certified Pet Nutrition Consultant who also holds a Master of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition with a concentration in companion animal care. Jodi’s mission is to help cats and dogs live healthier and happier. Please feel free to contact Jodi at firstname.lastname@example.org
PGAA Comment: Visit Canine Goods and Service listing to see if there is a Pet Sitter or Day Care in your area.