How long can a dog go without peeing after surgery?

If your pet has not pooped/peed within 48 hours after surgery, you should visit our clinic during business hours or you should seek out a full service vet clinic (at your expense).

Surgery can be a stressful and overwhelming time for pet owners. It can be especially worrisome if the surgery involves their beloved canine companion. Unfortunately, many pet owners come to find themselves wondering how long their dogs can go without peeing after undergoing surgery. It is an important question that all pet owners should be aware of, and one that requires a closer look.
The good news is that there are some general guidelines pet owners should keep in mind when considering their pup’s recovery. This blog post is designed to provide pet owners with insight into how long a dog can go without peeing after surgery, as well as associated risk factors and considerations that should be taken into account. Understanding the answers to these questions will give pet owners a better understanding of how to provide their pooch with the best possible care and recovery.

“My Dog Hasn’t Peed in 48 Hours (2 Days)”

Perhaps your dog urinated in their bed or in secret when you weren’t looking. If it has indeed been more than 24 hours and you are certain that your dog has not urinated, this is cause for concern. Have you seen your dog drinking water but do they refuse to pee? Inform your veterinarian immediately to help reduce serious health risks.

Urinary retention can endanger your pet’s life, especially if they are unable to control their bladder as a result of an injury. They run the life-threatening risk of experiencing a bladder rupture as a result. In addition, lack of urine output may indicate serious dehydration.

If your dog is in pain, you might want to take them outside.

How long can a dog not pee?

Although adult dogs can hold their urination for up to 10 to 12 hours if necessary, this does not imply that they should. The typical adult dog needs to be permitted to go potty at least 3-5 times each day. That’s at least once every 8 hours.

Is it normal for a dog not to urinate after surgery?

Please see a veterinarian if your pet is not urinating at least once per day. It can be challenging to adopt a normal posture after orthopedic surgery to urinate and defecate. Your pet might not want to go outside to urinate following surgery. Some pain medications can decrease the urge to urinate.


Is it normal for a dog not to urinate after surgery?

This is typically transient and could be a result of a medication, anesthetics, or a problem getting into “the position” to urinate. After being brought home, many pets initially drink less, but if your pet hasn’t urinated in more than 12 to 24 hours, call our office at (239) 466-5555.

Why won’t my dog go to the bathroom after surgery?

Although it may seem long for a furry friend who usually poops every day, a bowel movement can take up to three days after surgery. This is actually a typical response to a surgical procedure. The anesthetics and opioids used during surgery on a pet slow down the animal’s bowel motility.

How do I get my dog to pee after surgery?

How to Encourage a Dog to Urinate After Surgery
  1. If they are alert, make sure fresh water is always available to them.
  2. Keep track of when and how much of their painkiller was administered in each dose, and stay on top of it.
  3. Assist your dog with mobility. …
  4. Let them “smell” their potty spot. …
  5. Give them love and attention.

How often should a dog pee after surgery?

After surgery, how often should my pet go potty? Typically, your pet needs to go at least 1-2 times per day. Please see a veterinarian if your pet is not urinating at least once per day.