How to manage incontinence in dogs

Incontinence can happen in dogs just as it does for us humans. It is the inability for your dog to control his bladder and has uncontrolled leaking of urine. Generally small amounts of urine may leak while tyour dog is resting or sleeping but can sometimes be much worse.

How to manage incontinence in dogs

What causes urinary incontinence in dogs?

Incontinence is common in older or senior dogs and there are a number of reasons that a dog may become incontinent.  Some of these reasons include:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Weak urinary sphincter
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Urinary stones
  • Spinal injury 
  • Protruding disc
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Prostate disorder
  • Abnormalities
  • Some medication

Hormones imbalance

Once of the more common reasons is reduced hormone levels. Hormones play an important part in controlling bladder function. Estrogen in female dogs and testosterone in male dogs gives strength to the urethral sphincter that controls urine flow. If these hormone levels fall, this sphincter weakens and your dog may lose their ability to control his bladder.

When can hormone levels reduce?

Hormone production generally decreases in older dogs and increasing the chance of incontinence. 

These hormones are produced in the ovaries and testes so when we spaying or neutering dogs by removed the ovaries and testicles we decrease the hormone production.

What are the signs of incontinence in dogs?

if you notice any of the following, your dog may be experiencing incontinence:

  • Dripping or leaking urine
  • Puddles around the house
  • Excessive licking around the genital area
  • Wet or smelly bedding

Diagnosing the cause of incontinence?

If you dog is incontinent, take him to the vet for an examination and diagnosis. Your vet should conduct a urinalysis to check for a bladder infection but may also need to run blood tests and x-rays to check for other causes.

It is important to get your dog checked by a vet so that the underlying problem can be diagnosed. If left undiagnosed the condition may worsen and your dog may develop a more serious infection or health issue.

Are certain dogs prone to urinary incontinence?

Incontinence is more common is older female dogs and is more common in spayed and neutered dogs. Some breeds that tend to be more prone to incontinence are Spaniels, Dobermans and Old English sheepdogs.

Will incontinence cause my dog any harm?

An incontinent dog will generally get more frequent bladder infections and may get skin irritation from frequent contact with urine. Urine is acidic and may react with your dog skin from frequent contact.

How is urinary incontinence treated?

Treatment will depend on what is causing the incontinence and may consist of:

  • Medications for infection
  • Medication to strengthen the sphincter (phenylpropanolamine)
  • Hormone treatment
  • Surgury
  • Collagen injections

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How to manage incontinence in dogs

How can I manage urinary incontinence?

Dogs who do not respond to medication may still leak urine in small quantities. If your dog remains incontinent there are a few things you can do to manage the situation:

  • Line your dog’s sleeping area with clean blankets and towels regularly
  • Waterproof liners and absorbant pads
  • Give your dog more opportunities to urinate
  • Doggy diapers

Remember to keep your dog clean. You may need to wash or sponge your dog more often to prevent skin infection and irritation from occurring. 

Don’t punish your dog for being incontinent as your dog cannot control the situation and needs your help.

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After looking at many of the doggy diapers, I have chosen Washable wonders as my diaper of choice. Why?

Washable Wonder diapers come in specific shapes for both female and male dogs.  Boys dogs require a longer and wider diaper than female dogs. They are made from a soft microfibre that is super comfortable and absorbant. they are much more secure with a large velco band to make snug adjustment for both large and narrow waisted dogs. They also have snaps to make addditional adjustmenets to width and length to suit your dog.

Washable Wonders Male Dog Diaper

Amazing fabrics give you the most effective means of managing dog incontinence available today. Why wait for peace of mind? Each male dog diaper is designed to be longer and wider than our female design to better suit male dogs. Each diaper is also lined with a highly absorbent microfiber and is covered by a soft, breathable, waterproof outer fabric to help protect against leaks. Please note: This item may not be suitable for long-bodied dogs. Please feel free to reach out to us to help with sizing.

How to manage incontinence in dogs
How to manage incontinence in dogs

Washable Wonders Female Dog Diaper

Amazing fabrics give you the most effective means of managing dog incontinence available today. Why wait for peace of mind? Each female dog diaper is lined with highly absorbent microfiber and is covered by a soft, breathable, waterproof outer fabric to help protect against leaks.

How to manage incontinence in dogs
How to manage incontinence in dogs

Washable Wonders Belly Band

This washable dog belly band is designed for male dogs to help manage dog incontinence and marking. Maximum protection against unwanted urinary accidents without compromising comfort. Most dogs don't even realize they are wearing this belly band. Peace of mind is just around the corner.

How to manage incontinence in dogs
How to manage incontinence in dogs

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Sources:​

Web MD - Urinary Incontinence​

Pet Education​


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