How often does a dog need to go to the bathroom?
(los angeles, california)
How often does my dog need to go to the bathroom. she is 8 years old. I work long days and feel badly for her. I adore her and have adopted her!
I have heard it said that a dog that can "hold it" for 8 hours is considered housetrained. And, I've always wondered if that was predicated on the convention of an 8 hour work day.
In other words, do we think a dog should be able to restrain themselves for 8 hours at a stretch because it fits with our human schedule? Or is that really about right?
So, I did a little research and found this article which appears to have been written by a vet or vet tech.
Bottom line, it depends a lot on diet, activity level and how much water your dog drinks. It also depends on her overall health. But, according to this article at least, 8 - 10 hours seems to be OK. If it has to be longer than that you may want to arrange to come home for lunch or have a trusted friend walk her around mid day.
Just like humans who habitually put off answering nature's call, dogs can develop bladder and urinary tract issues if forced to hold on too long. So it's great that you asked the question.
Feel free to post back here and let us know how your dog is doing. Congratulations on adopting her.
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