Urinary Incontinence in Dogs – Taking a Closer Look

Dog urinary incontinence is what other peoples dogs do, right! Well, that’s what I thought until my beloved dog started urinating in many of the most unlikely places. Even the simplest things like shoes could not be left on the floor. Rugs became a prime target and had to be regularly washed or eliminated from home décor. Enough complaining, let’s get down to the facts about urinary incontinence in dogs.

Dogs that are unable to knowingly control their urination habits are said to be suffering from incontinence. Pets with urinary incontinence might simply urinate spontaneously without warning, or might drip urine constantly throughout the day. Inappropriate urination while sleeping is another common symptom of dog incontinence. Dermatitis in the genital and hind leg regions can also be seen as a consequence of incontinence as is urine scalding in these areas.

The potential causes of urinary incontinence are numerous; as a result, a proper veterinary workup is essential to obtain a correct diagnosis. Spinal trauma; anatomical changes or irritation caused by inherited defects, infections, tumors, or urinary calculi; and metabolic underlying causes of incontinence. In these instances, treatment is generally focused on correcting the underlying cause if possible.

Veterinarian reports confirm that a small number of female dogs that are sprayed at an early age can suffer from incontinence when they become eligible to get their dog senior citizen discounts at the local supermarket (11 human years or so). While the exact cause of this type of urinary incontinence in female dogs is unknown, it can usually be controlled with medications (both conventional and alternative) designed to increase sphincter tone within the lower urinary tract.

Puppies and even some adult dogs might urinate impulsively when they become excited or frightened. Most puppies will eventually grow out of this problem as the maturing process takes place. Treatment for behavioral incontinence focuses on minimizing the stimuli that caused the incontinence in the first place. For instance, when dealing with dogs that urinate when excited, avoiding eye contact or exaggerated greeting when approaching the pet should help to curb excitement and prevent urination. For dogs that urinate when frightened, easing their fear through behavioral modification, while maintaining urinary system health are key factors on the way to a cure.

Some dog owners have had success with homeopathic remedies These natural solutions have been shown to be effective in treating dog urinary incontinence. These remedies are frequently formulated using natural tonics that have been shown to be effective in strengthening and maintaining a healthy bladder and urinary tract.