Causes of Female Dog Incontinence

Causes of Female Dog Incontinence


Disney has bequeathed to the world more than its fair share of famous female dogs, from Lady in Lady and the Tramp to Perdita and her daughters with Pongo in 101 Dalmatians to Georgette in Oliver and Company. Their two breeds are quite different, a Cocker Spaniel, Dalmatian and Poodle, but there can be no doubt that they rank as the canine queens of the Disney animated empire.

Real-world dogs are no less lovable, of course, whether they be Ladies or Tramps.

That being said, real-world dogs have to deal with a variety of conditions that obviously don’t make their way into animated features, and the diagnosis of urinary female dog incontinence is one of them.

Urinary incontinence later in life can be particularly common for female dogs, but why might that be? For the answer to that, we’ll need to look at a couple of common causes of female incontinence in dogs, and what you can do about it.

Causes of Female Dog Incontinence

Urinary incontinence in female dogs can often be mistaken for other ailments that cause a dog to urinate frequently. Younger dogs may have a birth defect that leads to incontinence, however with older female dogs, the reasons might be very different.

Back Strain

If your female dog has strained its back, this can put a strain on its bladder area. This is especially true if the site of the strain is close to their bladder.

The pain your female dog experiences might add extra pressure to urine in the bladder actually forcing some urine to leak.

If this is the cause of your dog’s incontinence, the first step is to do whatever you can to help your dog heal. If that is the case, then getting yourself a dog harness to aid the healing process is of utmost importance.

Complications From Spaying

Spaying is a cause of urinary incontinence where female dogs are especially at risk. This is because the procedure involved in spaying your dog naturally involves work near the urinary tract. Even if the doctor is careful, this can lead to stretching, which in turn can lead to weakened muscles around the urinary tract, which in turn can cause incontinence and urinary leaking in female dogs.

Following this procedure, you should check the incision very often to make sure it’s healing properly. If you notice any redness, swelling or random discharge, then contacting your vet should be the first thing on your mind.
Most female dogs only need an average of fourteen days for their cuts incisions to properly heal. To put it into context, if a human had a surgery like your dog, then chances are they would be restricted from activity for a lot longer then fourteen days.

It is believed in some quarters that in female dogs, spaying reduces the chances of breast cancer and completely eliminates urinary cancers and diseases. Generally, spayed and neutered pets live longer healthier lives.

Urinary Tract Infection

If your female dog is suffering from a urinary tract infection, the first step is to give them whatever medication your vet deems necessary to address the infection itself.

Herbal remedies like this dog supplement for bladder support are also a great option to consider.

In addition to that, you’ll need to treat the urinary incontinence in particular with treatment options such as estrogen. This is obviously a more common treatment option for female dogs than male ones.

Old Age

With old age comes a weakening of the body, and that sometimes includes weakened urinary muscles.

In about every 4 out of 5 cases of true urinary incontinence, the problem can be attributed to ‘sphincter mechanism incompetence’, which by definition means the bladder neck is weakened and cannot retain urine within the bladder.

It’s also related to the position of the neck of the bladder in the dog’s pelvis. Changes in internal pressure when your female dog lies down mean that the urine can easily flow into the neck of the bladder and then will start to leak out.

Treatments such as Proin, which works to tighten the muscles around your dog’s urinary tract, can be especially helpful in this case.

Proin is inexpensive, available at many pet pharmacies, and can be easily hidden in your dog’s food for easy ingestion.

With these remedies in mind, you’ll be able to treat the cause of your female dog’s urinary incontinence and give this unfortunate saga the happy ending you both deserve.