When dogs pee where they sleep, it can be an embarrassing and frustrating problem for owners. It can also be expensive, especially if you’re cycling through beds on a regular basis. While it may be tempting to blame the dog and scold them for peeing in the bed, punishment isn’t always the answer. It’s more important to understand why your dog is doing this, and find a solution that will help them stop.
In most cases, the most common reason that dogs pee in their bed is because they are having bladder issues. This can include a urinary tract infection (UTI) that causes the bladder to become inflamed and make it harder for your dog to control their bladder. Other symptoms of UTIs include frequent urination, blood in the urine, and licking of the genital area.
Other bladder issues that can lead to urination in the bed include detrusor overactivity, which is when the bladder muscle becomes irritated or overactive, even when the bladder is not full. This condition is most common in older dogs and can be caused by things like urinary tract infections or hormone imbalances.
Some dogs have an abnormal opening between their bladder and vagina, called a patent urachus or a vestibulovaginal fistula. This can cause your dog to pass urine without consciously trying, and it’s more common in male dogs. If you suspect that your dog has one of these conditions, talk to your veterinarian for more information about treatment options.