Dog not urinating symptoms to look for and what to do

Dog not urinating? Since the urine is full of toxins, releasing them is essential to health and longevity. If your dog is having problems, there are a number of possible causes. In this article, you will learn what to look for and what to do when your dog seems to be having trouble with urination.

Urination problems can be due to a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, injury or age-related factors. Below is a brief description of each with a recommended course of action.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Symptoms of a UTI include decreased (or increased) urination, excessive thirst, and/or incontinence. An infection in the urinary tract can spread to the kidneys and shut them down, so it is essential to get your dog to the vet. If your dog has a UTI, the vet will prescribe antibiotics which can cause side effects. Recommendation: give your dog a natural remedy (discussed below) which works like an antibiotic to clear up the infection and help the tissues heal.

Bladder Stones

Dog not urinating? Bladder stones could be the problem. Stones are made of bits of calcium that combine together. Symptoms include blood in the urine, pain during urination, urine that dribbles out, rather than being expelled in a healthy flow, excessive licking of the genitals and thick-looking urine. Although you will want to take your pet to the vet, consider a natural supplement that balances the urine pH to dissolve stones and prevent the formation of more stones in the future.


If your dog has been hit by a car or has suffered other injuries, this can cause urinary problems. Look for tenderness in the abdominal region or other signs of injury or distress. Take your dog to the vet immediately.

Old Dog Difficulty Urinating

When my old akita, Cochise, started having difficulty urinating at age 11, I researched solutions online and found a granular supplement that I could give my pet which worked both for treatment and prevention. All I did was sprinkle some granules in his mouth every day. Since they dissolved on contact with the salvia, they were easy to administer.

After talking to my naturopathic vet about the symptoms my dog had and how quickly they were resolved, the vet commented that by giving Cochise the supplement, I had probably added two years to his life.

Cochise died at age 13, which is pretty lifespan for a big dog. Best of all, since I did preventative care, I felt like I had done all I could to give him a good life.

Natural supplements work to keep the pH of the urine at proper levels to discourage the formation of bladder stones and urinary tract infections. Since they can be used for treatment and prevention, it makes sense to give your dog a supplement as part of his routine care. This way you can prevent painful dog not urinating problems.

Before giving your dog a supplement, make sure to do your research. Look for one with standardized ingredients and FDA-approval.