In many ways, having a puppy is just like having a child…in a dog suit. They are both born into the world with no idea what’s about to unfold.
The puppy will grow up and do it rather quickly. The child takes a bit more time. Either way babies and baby dogs are like a toddler in a tiara. Short and precious.
A lot of the new tasks they learn are similar as well. How to feed themselves. How to be vocal and get what they want. And how to pee. Usually, both, go everywhere and very frequently. I think it’s their job or something.
When a baby has a nighttime accident, we chalk it up to a baby being a baby. It’s their job remember? These ‘accidents’ become less frequent with age and proper potty training.
When a puppy has a nighttime accident, we chalk it up to a puppy being a puppy. And we tend to not worry much about it.
It could be they just drank too much before bedtime and they too will get better with time. But a puppy who frequently pees in his sleep is anything but normal.
The little furry one is trying to tell you something. And you had better listen up.
So today we will tackle the issue of what to do when a puppy pees in his sleep. It might not be what you think.
A puppy needs to pee about every four hours. A completely normal task. What isn’t normal is one which wets his bed much like a child. There has to be a reason behind it.
Some of the usual suspects are weak bladder control muscles, urinary infections, diabetes, and kidney disease.
When your puppy pees in his sleep it is very important to get to his vet as soon as possible. A urinary infection is not hard to correct if it is the main cause. But if the puppy has an infection and it is paired with either kidney stones or diabetes, the result could be fatal.
Address these conditions immediately.
How to handle the situation
If the puppy is definitely showing signs of peeing in his sleep, keep a close eye on him. Monitor his water intake and take note if it is excessive. Also, make a note if the puppy’s bladder is accidentally leaking throughout the day.
If either or both of these issues are occurring there is an underlying issue at hand. The best advice you could be given here is a vet visit.
With a urine sample from the pup, the vet can properly and quickly diagnose any of these problems.
Strengthen those potty muscles!
If your puppy gets the all-clear from anything major, rejoice! You might just need to help him gain better control over his bladder muscles. The best way to go about it is simple to exercise.
Let the pup run as much as you can get him to and encourage him in the process. Running is the best way for a young puppy to further develop bladder muscles.
Also, include a long walk or run, just before his bedtime. He will get plenty of chances to empty his bladder and the nightly exercising may help him sleep better.
As the pup gets a bit older the muscles should be handling the problem in their proper capacity. If you happen to notice it happening during the day, it creates other issues to be dealt with.
Dogs by nature will keep their sleeping area neat and sanitary. If your dog is peeing where he sleeps, during the day, he could have psychological issues at hand.
It could indicate emotional or behavioral issues. For example, they may be reacting to sudden noises such as thunder. Or they may feel threatened by a house guest or other animal in the house.
Any of these conditions could cause them to lose self-control and have an accident. Also, if they are feeling threatened or frightened they may go in their sleeping place because they are too scared to do otherwise.
It could be a separation anxiety disorder
If you and your pup are the only two in the house, and you work at night, the dog will react. Most dogs do not like being left alone, for anything, or any length of time. They are very prone to developing Separation Anxiety Disorder.
One of the traits of the disorder is peeing in his bed or other improper places. It’s his way of saying,”Hey, I don’t like it when you leave me alone!”
Another indicator of SAD(Separation Anxiety Disorder) is not related to peeing in the bed. It’s more like peeing and defecating in retaliation to your being gone.
They will do their ‘business’ where you will certainly find it, and probably not really like it at all. Their way of getting even!
Costs related to peeing in the bed
If your dog does indeed have a medical issue that is causing him to wet the bed, get your wallet ready. The good news is most of these medical conditions are treatable.
The bad news is they are pricey. But after all, it’s your new puppy. Your new ‘roomie.’ Your best friend. And nothing will stop you from seeing his proper care. Nothing. Costs are damned!
If the problem is a simple urinary infection the costs start about $100 to correct. The other ‘major’ issues such as diabetes and kidney stones can run upwards of $1500 depending on the severity.
To me, money is a moot point when regarding someone’s health. Four-legged or otherwise.
A puppy peeing in his sleep can be a scary issue. And the causes can run from the simple to the extreme.
On the simple side, there are ways to address the problem and hopefully, we have given you the information you were looking for.