Pets that have accidents

When pets have accidents, the first assumption is that it is due to a behavioural issue. That may or may not be the case.

It’s important that customers are taught early on that any time there’s a change in a pet’s behaviour, contact the vet. Most pet owners create assumptions: “It is an old dog, there is nothing I could do,” or “She’s mad because we just returned from holiday.” Well, perhaps the puppy is older — but that does not mean there is nothing the pet owner can do. In terms of the pet that inappropriately urinates after the family returns home, there’s a long list of health conditions, from diabetes to bladder control problems which might be causing or contributing the issue.

urinary tract infection in pets

What appears to resonate with pet owners is if veterinarians or technicians clarify that if there is a change in behaviour for your personal pet –why now? Something should have precipitated that change. Sure, there might be a behavioral explanation, but behavior frequently changes over time, not automatically overnight. Pet owners may not have realized that you’re interested. Many pet owners simply don’t understand that their vet wishes to learn about any changes in behaviour.

So, with each trip, repeat the mantra: Changes in behaviour mean a trip to the veterinarian.

Many pet owners are ashamed that their pet is having accidents, and may not willingly report it. Because inappropriate elimination is a frequent reason for relinquishment (common in dogs and cats), understanding that the pet is having accidents may save a life, and obviously a pet owner. You can probably help, but you can not offer assistance to a condition you’re unaware of – if the problem is behavioural.

Routinely checking for information on home training in dogs and litter box habits in cats, rather than just kittens and older pets — but instead all pets.

Ultimately, you will need to figure out whether the pet is incontinent or having accidents.

The explanation may be an issue of housetraining. Many owners assume that the dog is housetrained when maybe the dog truly isn’t, at least not reliably.

Sometimes owners have unrealistic expectations. “But my neighbour’s 10-pound pet can hold it for 10 hours.” Maybe that dog can, or maybe the neighbour is exaggerating. It doesn’t matter.

One big question: where the dog is eliminating? If the dog is eliminating by lifting a leg and/or hitting vertical surfaces, the dog might be marking (of course, reproductive status does matter, though even neutered dogs might).

Looming even larger is the question of if the puppy is removing. If the dog wees immediately when folks come home, wagging a tail, even as the dog rolls over (especially when guys come home), the issue may be submissive urination. This behaviour is most common in dogs, but can occur in dogs of any age, especially when newly adopted.

If the dog urinates when noone else is indoors, the dog may suffer from separation anxiety. Usually, there’ll be additional signs of separation anxiety, however, like the dog being over-solicitous to household members; behaving anxious as individuals demonstrate cues that they’re going to leave the home; maybe salivating so much from the lack of individuals there are puddles while folks arrive home; objects could be chewed on; the puppy might scratch in the door; neighbours might report whining, scratching or scratching; and the puppy might also eliminate bowel control.

Older pets

If the dog is older, canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome should be considered. As in separation anxiety, there’s typically at least another sign beside having accidents. There is a manual, frequently labelled with the acronym DISHA:

Disorientation: Changes in spatial consciousness, lack of ability to navigate around familiar obstacles (like trying to walk through the incorrect side of a doorway, or becoming ‘stuck’ in smallish rooms), wandering or pacing behaviour.
House soiling: Not only having accidents but does not appear to understand that the “oops.” If the dog appears to instantly realise, it’s somewhat more likely to be due to a medical condition.
Activity level changes: Beyond what is normal for older dogs, important diminished exploration and reaction to things, people, sounds around the home; decreased grooming, diminished appetite; increased stress, such as restlessness, agitation, or an onset of separation distress.

It is your job to “Sherlock Holmes” what is happening if your pets urinating inappropriately by deciding if the issue is behavioural. There are many ways to do this, as described in very good detail in Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats.

So check for changes in your pet’s lifestyle. Is the pet more or less interactive? Is your cat drinking more water?

All of the queries listed above are questions that veterinarians and technicians regularly as of pet owners, while simultaneously testing for proper medical possibilities. Replies help veterinarians to better narrow down that medical conditions appear likely. If it turns out that the pet is having accidents exclusively for behavioural reasons, possibly drug intervention could be utilised as an adjunct to behavioural modification.

If the pet has to be professionally known for behavioural problems, the British veterinary association has a superb directory online.

The other option is to look into additional research like Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats (4th Edition) by Pitcairn,, H., Richard D.V.M. (Author) or Understanding Canine Urinary Incontinence by Peter Holt or Feed Your Best Friend Better: Easy, Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs by Rick Woodford.