Facts About Pet Urination---3 Common Reasons For Inappropriate Pet Urination
by: Debbie Davis
Having a pet that urinates when and where they shouldn't is tough. Pinpointing the reason brings you closer to a solution, thus reducing the frequency and the odor. Here are 3 of the most common reasons for inappropriate urination.
Poor House Training---If you pet has come from a shelter, you'll probably never know went on with house breaking before you came on the scene. But unfortunately this can have drastic.
For instance, I was talking with a lady the other day who said her husband trained their dog to think he was a bad dog if he urinated in the yard. As a result the dog would need to be taken on a walk to empty its bladder, or when it couldn't hold it any longer, it would urinate in the house, which made the dog an even worse dog in her husband's eyes.
A poorly trained dog is often the result of human error and the pet's behavior is hard to undo once learned. Unless you are extremely experienced at correcting this kind of behavior, seeking professional help to undo the damage is the best way to proceed.
If, on the other hand, you are getting a brand new puppy, hopefully the story above will make you aware of how important proper training is. Most pets want to please, and when you set the rules so that they can, it makes a happier, healthier relationship between owner and pet; and a cleaner smelling home because you and your pet are on the same page when it comes to appropriate elimination.
Illness---Many times pets can have an underlying illness that has not been diagnosed that is causing frequent and/or uncontrolled urination. Some illnesses that can cause this to happen include bladder infection, diabetes, a blocked urethra, feline leukemia, Vulvovaginal Stenosis in female dogs, and incontinence in older dogs.
One of the side effects of steroids is that they cause pets to drink more which increases their need to urinate; and without a way to let themselves out of the house or enclosure, this can cause accidents to happen inside. Have a veterinarian give your pet a thorough exam to rule out the possibility of an illness causing the behavior.
Behavioral---Many pets, particularly dogs engage in submissive urination. This is their way of letting you know that you're the alpha in the group. This behavior can be genetic, or it can be the reaction of a pet that is afraid, anxious, or one that has been scolded frequently by its owner. It can also be the result of one of the physical issues discussed earlier in this article. So now that you know why, the question is what can be done about it.
If you scold when it is happening, it is likely to continue to occur. If you reward the deed with positive words or actions, it will definitely continue. So probably the best immediate reaction is to ignore the behavior and get professional help to correct the behavior.
Understanding what's causing the problem gets you closer to an effective solution for urine odor. And by minimizing the odor you can enjoy your home and your pet to the fullest.