dog struggling to pee

My dog keeps trying to pee but nothing comes out

Our question this week was:

Hi Dr. Debra – I have a seven-year-old female Basset Hound, recently I have noticed that she wants to go pee and nothing comes out. She drinks plenty of water then after a while she goes pee and goes plenty but after ten minutes from the time she went she seems to want to go again sometimes droplets.



Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote that your 7-year-old Basset hound has been squatting to pee but nothing comes out.

There are several causes for symptom – the most common is a urinary problem.

It can be difficult to know with certainty that a dog is straining to urinate vs. defecate. Assuming your dog is indeed trying to urinate, there are several causes. It can be a urinary tract infection, bladder stones or a tumor. Infection and stones are the most common causes.

A couple articles that might be helpful to you are Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Urolithiasis in Dogs.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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