Urinary incontinence is a result of a house trained dog losing control of its bladder. Loss of control can include small occasional leaks of urine to large amounts of urine leaks. Whether you’re aware of your dog’s incontinence or your dog has suddenly begun having accidents, it can be very scary for both of you.
Not only is this frustrating for you and your dog, but it can possibly be very uncomfortable for your dog. Urine can irritate the skin causing redness and excessive licking. It’s important to take any incontinence issues with your dog very seriously. If left untreated, serious bladder and kidney infections can occur.
I Think My Dog Is Incontinent, What Should I Do?
Accidents happen and that’s expected in life. However, what should you do if your dog’s accidents are becoming common on a daily basis? The first step to take in getting your fur baby help is a visit with their veterinarian. A veterinarian can confirm your dog is experiencing incontinence and try to determine the cause of it. This will be done by collecting your dog’s health history, performing a physical exam, and collecting a urine sample for a urinalysis. Some veterinarians may also have a urine culture, blood work, or an ultrasound performed.
What Causes Urinary Incontinence:
-Urinary Tract Infection
-Weak Bladder Sphincter
-Diabetes or Kidney Disease
Depending on the underlying cause, treatment for your dog’s incontinence will vary. Each dog is unique, therefore a treatment that may work for one dog, may not work for another. Medications are an effective and common way to manage your dog’s condition and prevent accidents. More serious cases of incontinence may require surgery.
Your dog’s veterinarian will work closely with you to determine the best course of action for your dog. It’s crucial to follow your dog’s treatment plan and follow up with your dog’s veterinarian. Incontinence issues can be challenging for both you and your dog, but determine the cause and establishing a treatment plan with your dog’s veterinarian will greatly aide is lessening frustration. Don’t forget, lots of cuddles and kisses with your dog will greatly help the both of you as well!