Does your dog struggle with bladder control issues and urinary incontinence? Then it might have happened as the result of your dog contracting a nasty infection. It might have happened as a result of your dog being spayed or neutered or straining its back. It might have happened as a result of your dog simply getting older. Whatever the cause, the result is the same: your dog is unable to control its bladder anymore.
The question is then what you are going to do about it. What can you do about it? Thankfully, for as hopeless as it may seem now, there are many ways to treat urinary incontinence in dogs.
Why is my dog losing control of her bladder?
What Causes Incontinence in Dogs? There are several potential culprits behind canine urinary incontinence: Bladder infections, stones, polyps or tumours. Overflow incontinence, which occurs when a dog is affected by a medical condition that causes her to drink excessively, such as diabetes and Cushing’s disease.
Signs associated with urinary incontinence may include drinking excessively, free-flowing or halting urine, blood in the urine, pain, dribbling while moving around, leakage when settled in bed, and urinating in large amounts.
Urinary incontinence in dogs is the involuntary loss of urine. It usually affects middle-aged and older neutered females, but it can be seen in intact females and males. … Left untreated, dog incontinence usually gets worse with time. In many cases, the first sign is a small wet patch on the bedding at night.
Dogs strive to please their people. However, having your dog ‘hold it in’ for long periods can lead to the development of bacteria in the accumulated urine. This can lead to a urinary tract infection or worse – a bladder or kidney infection. When a dog holds urine for long periods, bladder stones can form.
Understanding the Causes
First and foremost, you need to understand the underlying causes that cause your dog to become incontinent in the first place. The bad news is that there are many ways that this can happen. The good news is that just about all of them are treatable.
One way that your dog can contract urinary incontinence is via a urinary tract infection. There are many different ways this can occur. Whatever the cause of the infection, you’ll need to find a way to eliminate it to not only restore your dog’s bladder control but to make sure that the issue does not spread.
Another potential cause can be your dog’s urinary tract becoming stretched. This can occur as the result of straining lower back muscles located near the urinary tract or as part of the spaying and neutering process. Old age can also play a factor.
Treating the Effects
Once you have identified the cause of your dog’s urinary incontinence, you will be able to treat it more effectively.
If your dog has a bladder infection, you’ll want to medicate accordingly with medicine from your vet. Alternatively, mild urinary tract infections can be treated in part with cranberry juice, which can help your dog flush out harmful bacteria near its bladder.
If your dog’s urinary tract has become stretched due to age or injury, you’ll want to take it to a vet and explore surgical options. Thankfully, these procedures are generally minor and do not cost too much. What’s more, you may want to consider a medical treatment such as Proin. These pills constrict the walls of dogs’ urinary tracts, which can help them regain control of their bladders.
There are many potential causes for canine incontinence but by identifying the cause early on, you can nip things in the bud and get it treated.