Bed wetting and incontinence also known as bladder weakness can be problems for dogs, just as it can be for humans. Known as 'urinary incontinence', this unpleasant problem can be treated quite easily. Taking the animal to a veterinarian for a check-up is an important first step.
There are many different causes for bed wetting and incontinence in dogs. These include:
- An increase in water consumption,
- Injury to the spine,
- Urinary infections,
- A weak bladder, especially in females.
Signs of incontinence include seeing urine on bedding or floors after the pet has been laying there, and urine leaking from the animals vulva or penis when they are moving around.
There are several treatments for bed wetting and incontinence in dogs. Oestrogens, gonadotropin releasing hormonal drugs, and adrenergic medications are often used. Surgery is also an option for very severe cases.
Management of incontinent dogs
Getting angry with a dog that has become incontinent is not helpful for the owner or dog. In fact, it can easily make the problem worse by causing stress. An incontinent dog has no control over what it is doing, making punishment useless.
Potty pads are available for dogs and can be a good solution for older animals. Change pads frequently to avoid infections.
Taking the dog outside as much as possible is also a good idea. Both dog and owner get stressed when urine accidents happen inside the house.
Consulting a veterinarian when a dog is incontinent is always important. Simple drug treatments are often available.