Urinary Incontinence: Causes of Urine Leaking in Dogs

Dogs having urinary accidents in their beds may have urinary incontinence.

Urinary incontinence in dogs is a common problem that causes dogs to leak urine while they are resting, sleeping, or sometimes while walking. The urine leakage is unconscious. This means that the dog is not aware of the urine leaking until she sees it or feels it on her skin. Urinary incontinence in dogs can be frustrating for dog owners, who may think that their dog's housetraining has been forgotten, that she is purposely having accidents in the house out of spite, or that she has become senile. It is important to determine whether your dog is urinating consciously or unconsciously in order to diagnose incontinence. In general, if your pet's bed is wet after she gets out of it, or if you see urine dribbling out while she is walking and she does not seem to notice, your dog has urinary incontinence.

Causes of Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

Breeds, Gender, and Age Most Commonly Affected by Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

Diagnosis of Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

Successfully treating urinary incontinence in dogs hinges on properly diagnosing its cause.

Never punish your dog for urinary incontinence. It is a medical problem that your dog cannot control, and punishment is not appropriate.

Never give your dog any medications without checking with your veterinarian first.

Home Care for Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

Because urinary incontinence can be a frustrating problem for dog-owners, it is important to take your dog to the veterinarian when it first begins. Some owners assume that the condition is due to aging and is not treatable. They become more and more frustrated and sometimes choose euthanasia. There are some things that you can do to minimize the frustrating nature of incontinence in dogs that are not made completely continent through treatments.

Prevention of Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

There is no way to prevent urinary incontinence in dogs, but it is important to visit the veterinarian as soon as it begins in order to properly diagnose and treat the cause.

Prognosis for Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

The prognosis for urinary incontinence is excellent when the cause is urinary tract infection and it is properly treated. Sphincter weakness is very commonly managed quite well with proper medications. The other causes of urinary incontinence carry their own individual prognoses.

Alternative Therapies for Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

New and Cutting-Edge Therapies and Treatments

Collagen injections into the urethra have shown promise in treating some dogs that do not respond to the medical treatment of urinary incontinence in dogs.


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