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What is Urinary Incontinence?

  • Previously housebroken dogs urinating indoors
  • Urinating while asleep
  • Excessive licking of the genitals
  • In some cases there may be scaling around the genitals
  • Dogs suffering from incontinence have no control over their bladder. That means you should not punish your incontinent dog for urinating indoors, as it is not an act of misbehavior.

  • Neutered dogs are at a higher risk for incontinence. The lowered amount of sex hormones can affect the functionality of their urethral sphincter, making it harder to control their bladder. Same thing with spayed females.

  • Incontinence can be treated. With the proper medication and supplement regimen, a dog can successfully regain control of their bladder.
  • Know the difference between incontinence and a behavioral problem. Housebroken dogs will often urinate indoors as a result of over excitement, fear, or anxiety. If you sense that there is an external trigger causing your dog to void, tell your vet.

  • If treatment does not work, don’t lose hope! There are plenty of products on the market designed to help keep incontinent dogs from making a mess, like canine diapers.
  • If the cause of incontinence is neutering, a hormone replacement therapy is often effective. By flooding their body with the hormones they are missing, they can regain sphincter control.
  • If the cause of incontinence is a birth defect, often a small surgical procedure can help to restore proper urinary function.
  • Incontinence-causing bacteria can easily be treated with antibiotics and dietary changes.
  • If the cause is unknown, there are medications that help bolster functionality of the urethra directly, enhancing tone and control.
  • Incontinence rarely causes changes in other behavior.

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What To Expect

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    Prescription Medication

    There are a few medications on the market that target the root cause of incontinence. Proin is a liver flavored chewable tablet that helps your dog by strengthening their urinary sphincter. Incurin is another medication aimed at helping regain bladder control specifically designed for female dogs. Also, if the cause is an infection, antibiotics may often be used with great results. Consult with your veterinarian about the best treatment for your dog.

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    Food

    If your dog is suffering from urinary incontinence, a change in their diet is often recommended. To combat their lack of sphincter control, some people recommend a grain-free or reduced grain diet, however you should always talk to your vet before switching pet foods.

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    Nonprescription Options

    Aside from a change in diet, the only non-prescription treatment for incontinence more of a safeguard -- canine diapers. Diapers and wee wee pads are often used as a last line of defense against an aging dog’s diminishing bladder control.

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    Professional Treatment

    Depending on the cause of the incontinence, your dog may be a candidate for reconstructive surgery. Outside of that, keeping them healthy and active is always a great way to help bolster proper bodily function, urinary control included. Your vet should be consulted regarding any treatment regimen.

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