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Having a discussion with relative.......how long can an adult

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having a discussion with relative.......how long can an adult Ausie Shepard be left in house without a potty break. I think during night 8 hours is tops.This dog has had kidney stones in the past.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
Hi, thanks for your question. I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
I try to not let my own dogs go for more than 8 hours without being let outside, but sometimes that is not realistic. I do not consider it a major problem for an average, healthy dog to go 12 hours without being let outside, but a dog with a history of urinary stones may be at an increased risk of additional stone formation if urine is sitting in the bladder for a long time consistently.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
The reality is that every dog is a little different, just like people are different, in what is comfortable and doable. If the Aussie in question here doesn't seem to be particularly distressed after 12 hours, then it may not really be a major concern, but again, the stone issue could be argued as a justification to encourage more frequent potty breaks if possible.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
Hi Toni,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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