You love your dog, but you hate cleaning up urine. Your pet may be leaking urine because of incontinence and other medical issues, so you want to learn more about the problem and how to manage it. Here’s what you need to know about this condition in dogs.
The first step is to get a diagnosis.
If your dog is leaking urine, the first step is to get a diagnosis. A veterinary exam will allow the vet to determine the cause of the problem and help determine a treatment plan that’s best for you and your pet.
A vet may perform some simple tests such as urinalysis or bloodwork in order to identify any underlying issues that may be contributing to your dog’s problem. For example, if he has a bladder infection, antibiotics could be prescribed; if she has diabetes mellitus (blood sugar problems), insulin injections might be needed; or if he has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), medications can control inflammation of his gastrointestinal tract while limiting diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Treatment depends on the type of incontinence you’re dealing with.
The type of incontinence you’re dealing with will dictate the treatment. If your dog has a urinary tract infection, they’ll need antibiotics to clear it up. This is a common cause of a UTI in dogs, so keep an eye out for symptoms like frequent urination and painful urination. If the problem is neurological or metabolic, then medications like phenylpropanolamine (found at pharmacies) may be used to treat the underlying causes of your dog’s incontinence.
If you’re still unsure about what’s causing your pet’s leaking urine, make an appointment with their veterinarian as soon as possible. They can recommend some treatments that are best suited for their specific diagnosis and situation!
Diet and medications may also help.
Dietary changes and medications may also be helpful. Dietary changes might include switching to a food with reduced protein content, such as Hills’ Prescription Diet Metabolic Canine KD, or adding fiber to your dog’s diet. Medications such as phenelzine sulfate, amitriptyline hydrochloride (Elavil), or imipramine hydrochloride (Tofranil) are sometimes prescribed by vets for incontinence in dogs. But keep in mind that these have side effects and must be used very carefully. It’s important to check with your vet before giving any medication to your dog without first consulting them about the possible risks involved.
It might take some time and experimentation on your part to find out what works best for your pet—but don’t give up! With the right combination of diet changes and medication dosages tailored specifically toward each individual dog’s needs, anything is possible!
If you have an old dog whose urine leaks, say so at checkups.
When you take your pet to the vet for an appointment, be sure to express any concerns you have about your pet’s health. If your dog is leaking urine, let your veterinarian know. She’ll want to keep a close eye on it and can help you find the right treatment plan. In some cases, she may recommend that you add some extra fiber to their diet or cut back on water intake before bedtime. If there are other symptoms present, such as pain or difficulty urinating (which could indicate bladder stones), then it would be worth having those checked out as well.
The good news is that you have options to help your dog with urine incontinence. Your veterinarian can help you figure out what’s going on and what to do about it. In some cases, you may not be able to completely cure the problem, but with care and treatment, you can manage it so your dog continues to live a high-quality life … and maybe even stop peeing in your bed!