Q. Our dachshund gets up 4-6 times a night to potty, we have to get up and let him out. He is 11 yrs old and 15 lbs. Can you help?
AMY S. EUTSEY, DVM
A. If your dog is experiencing an increase in the frequency that he needs to urinate, I would recommend that you see your veterinarian. There are conditions that can cause an increase in urine output (amount of urine), such as kidney disease, Diabetes, or Cushing's disease. Your pet may also have a urinary disease such as an infection or stones....these cause an increased urgency to urinate and the pet will often urinate small amounts frequently. Your vet will likely want to do a urinalysis and probably bloodwork to determine what exactly is going on and recommend a treatment.