Dog and Puppy First Aid: Urinary Problems

Please note: Information in this post is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care. Always consult your veterinarian in an emergency.


  1. Frequent Urination or Straining
  2. Blood in Urine
  3. Vomiting
  4. Lethargy
  5. Abdominal Pain
  6. Vocalization
  1. See a vet when possible.
  2. Usually, you can wait and not take your dog to the emergency, however, if signs are severe, call the Emergency Vet

Straining: Animals can develop urinary blockage and infections similar to people. Often times straining to urinate can be confused with constipation. All male dogs with difficulty passing urine must be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Lower Urinary Tract Problems and Infections in Dogs: There are many problems that can affect a dog’s lower urinary system. Incontinence, bladder stones or crystals in the urine, bacterial infections, cancer, trauma, or even obstruction of the urethra, the tube that allows urine to pass from the bladder to the outside of the body, can occur.

Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB is one of the founders of Wag Enabled (originally Why Does My Dog). Aly has a certificate in applied animal behavior through the University of Washington and is a certified veterinary assistant and AKC Evaluator. She aims to provide an unbiased perspective on dog training by providing practical, intelligent, and caring advice for people to impart on their canine companions