For generations, we have heard about the importance of getting our dogs spayed and neutered.
On the one hand, that message is as important and humane today as ever before, as we continue to try and combat the epidemic of tragically unwanted strays and the horrible fates they can suffer. On the other hand, we are also now more aware of the effects that spaying can have on one’s dog.
Most notably for our purposes, spaying can sometimes lead to urinary incontinence. This is due to the fact that the procedure for spaying deals with the genitalia area, which is naturally connected to urinary muscles and the urinary tract as a whole.
If you have ever had your dog suffer back pain, you may know that this can cause urinary incontinence due to stretching of the area as a result of their injury. Urinary incontinence resulting from spaying is essentially the same, albeit with a much more “direct” impact on the area.
So, what should you do if your dog is suffering from urinary incontinence immediately after they have been spayed?
The first thing you’ll want to do when faced with urinary incontinence on your dog’s part following their having been spayed is to remain calm. This is not the end of the world, and it probably isn’t permanent. As we’ll see below, there are ways that you can treat urinary incontinence for your dog, and all of these treatments can be administered shortly after the spaying procedure is complete.
You’ll also want to be sure to remain patient with your pet throughout this process. Especially if you have a much older dog and considering the procedure.
It is vital to note that it is in no way your dog’s fault that they are experiencing this issue. They are not “forgetting” or “ignoring” their training, and you haven’t failed to teach them properly.
This isn’t a matter of you being a bad owner or them being a bad dog disobeying you – it’s simply a medical condition, and hopefully a short-term one. Your dog isn’t any happier about this than you are, so be sure to give them lots of love and support.
It’ll make this process easier on both of you.
Two of the most popular ways of treating urinary incontinence in dogs following spaying is to give them Proin or oestrogen supplements.
The former is a pill which works to tighten the walls of your dog’s urinary tract, thereby potentially addressing the “stretching problem” caused by the spaying.
Proin can typically be easily concealed within food for your dog to consume along with their meals. On the other hand, oestrogen supplements can be helpful for female dogs suffering from urinary incontinence after spaying.
There are many potential treatments for your dog if they are suffering from urinary incontinence. To make sure you are giving your dog the best treatment possible, you’ll want to confer with your vet.
For as annoying as urinary incontinence following spaying can be, it is almost always short-term and treatable.