Medical Conditions That Cause Piddling

If your dog or cat is going outside the box or in your home he or she may be giving you a cry for help. Here is a list of medical conditions that can cause this

Bladder Stones

This condition refers to “stones” forming in the urinary tract. The location of such stones is most commonly the urinary bladder, but stones can also form in the kidneys, ureters and urethra. include blood in the urine, straining to urinate, frequent urination, increased thirst, urinating in unusual places or where inappropriate, urinating small volumes of urine, unusual urine odor and sometimes abdominal distention or pain.

This is a disease that can occur in either dogs or cats. It is inflammation of the urinary bladder. Aside from going outside the box or having lots of accidents, the animals void frequently, straining to urinate, pain when urinating, blood in the urine, foul or unusual odor of the urine and sometimes an increased thirst.


Frequent urination and thirst are symptoms of diabetes in both cats and dogs.

Ectopic Uretors

This is a common birth defect occurs in female dogs and cats. The ureters, which bring urine from the kidneys to the bladder, insert into the lower urinary tract in an abnormal position it is called ectopic ureter(s). Clinical signs include a constant urinary incontinence that begins at an early age, often before the cat or dog reaches 6 months of age. Some cats will also urinate normally at times, while others may never exhibit normal urination and have to be put down.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Syndrome (FUS)

Basically this is a term to describe a syndrome that is particular to cats, which is essentially to urinate outside the litter box. FUS can have many causes including a tumor, herpes virus and congenital bladder defects.

Impacted Anal Glands

This causes vomiting urinating and the vomiting of yellow bile in both cats and dogs. Your vet can gently express the dog or cat’s anal sacs to relieve the pressure.

Kidney Disease

Frequent urination and excessive thirst may indicate that your dog or cat has any one of a number of kidney diseases. One symptom to watch for is urine that is a very pale yellow.

Urinary Incontinence

This occurs in both cats and dogs. Usually it affects older animals. Incontinence would be considered as a loss of some degree of voluntary bladder control. The storage of urine and proper voiding is a complex mechanism involving several muscle and nerve groups. Dysfunction of any part of the system can result in bladder control being lost.

Symptoms include dribbling, lack of awareness of urination. inability to urinate, total voiding when lifted or touched, straining to urinate and some abdominal pain.

Urinary Tract Block

This is a condition unique to male cats. Debris lodges in their uretor and creates a dam until it is impossible for the cat to urinate or for the cat to control their urination habits. Symptoms also include staggering, bloated belly and abdominal pain.

Recognizing A Professional Breeder

With so many breeders claiming different things about their business it may be hard to tell a professional breeder from an unprofessional one. Usually it is cleanliness and knowledge that separates the professionals from the exploiters of both animals and humans.

Avoid breeders who do not have clean kennels or who are keeping the puppies in a filthy environment. If a breeder will not let you visit a litter, then call the humane society. This could be an indication that something terrible is going on behind closed cages – most likely serious health violations.

A truly professional breeder can prove that they have studied the bloodlines of the mother and father dog before breeding and certify there breeding stock for genetic abnormalities. The best breeders tend to be those breed show dogs as well as they have the most interest in keeping the bloodlines pure and free of diseases and hereditary problems.

A warning sign that you are dealing with a profiteer rather than a puppy breeder is if they keep too many breeds or produce too many litters a year. Breeders who have lots of litters of lots of different breeds may have trouble keeping track of their bloodlines. Most responsible breeders keep no more than two breeds at one time in their kennels to keep the bloodlines pure. Any breeder that is producing more than six litters a year or breeds too many dog breed simultaneously is probably exploiting the animals.

Professional breeders do not discard dogs they can’t sell, don’t overwork the reproductive systems of the mothers and refund your money if you are not happy with your breed.

The clear advantage of buying from a professional breeder is that the puppy that you buy will most likely be physically, emotionally and mentally healthier than a puppy acquired from any other source.

Backyard breeders are part time breeders who discovered that they could make money-selling dogs once an older female puppy went into heat. This type of breeder may be responsible or not, depending on many factors.

Amateur breeders may accidentally or on purpose mate their females with an incompatible breed or with a puppy that has a genetic abnormality. Although they mean well and might just be trying to make a little Christmas money on the side, a backyard breeder rarely has the financial resources to spend on having mother dog tested for common diseases and hereditary afflictions.

This is once again, a case of Buyer Beware. If you fall in love with a puppy that is the offspring of a backyard breeder, be prepared to spend some money on quite a few tests before you buy the puppy. This can save you an enormous amount of expense and heartbreak in the future.

An advantage of buying from a friend or neighbor is often a lower price for the puppy or even a free puppy. Usually the neighbor down the street is not trying to make money, but more interested in finding the puppy a good home.