I know! Most of us aren't really interested in watching our cats and dogs urinate, however; a little observation can go a long way in making sure your furry companion is healthy and comfortable.
By getting to know your pet's usual routine when it come to eliminating, you can tell quite easily when something is amiss This goes more for dogs than cats as kitties use a litter box and often cannot be seen "doing their business".
Case in point. I have a dog that I walk three times a week. He is a 7 year old Welsh Corgi and I have been walking him for well over a year. I know his "peeing" habits extremely well. I know how long he takes at each stop and how often he stops. The other day I took him out and I noticed immediately that it was taking him a long time to pee. The flow was coming out but it was taking forever. As we continued our walk, this happened again and again and he was stopping to pee more frequently than he usually does, which is actually hard to believe because he is a marker. Needless to day, I was concerned and as I watched more closely, I noticed his stream was much weaker than usual. With my knowledge of canine health, I knew something was definitely wrong and assumed he had an obstruction of some kind. I notified his "Human dad, when I returned from the walk and recommended getting the dog in for a vet visit as soon as possible. He set it up for the next morning and sure enough, the dog had an obstruction in his urethra. They weren't sure if it was a single stone that would pass or if it was crystal formations that may have come from diet or something else.
To make a long story short, because I observed and identified a problem right away, this pup did not have to go through a lot of pain and discomfort and got treatment asap. He is doing fine now.
I urge you to become familiar with your dog's pee patterns. When you are walking them, pay attention to what they are doing instead of talking on your cell phone or reading your text messages. Believe me it could make a very big difference.