What to Do If Your Older Dog Is Incontinent

Dogs of all ages experience incontinence, but it’s especially common with older dogs. If your older dog is having potty accidents in the house, you’re certainly not alone. Incontinence in older dogs doesn’t mean the end of the world, however; it just means you have to take a few extra precautions to protect your dog and your home. Here are a few things that may help your pup regain control:

You can manage incontinence

First and foremost, you should talk with your vet about what options are available to you. Your veterinarian may be able to prescribe medications or recommend dietary changes that will help reduce the frequency of accidents or lessen their severity.

In addition to these changes, it’s important not to scold or punish your dog for having an accident in the house; this will only make them feel anxious and depressed about what’s happening. Instead of reprimanding them for wetting themselves because they have no control over it, talk calmly around them when an accident happens instead of pointing out what has happened in front of them—this way they won’t become self-conscious about their condition at all times and make matters worse!

If possible, try adding pee pads around areas where incontinence occurs most often–this way whenever one goes off track during potty training sessions or just accidentally pees on herself while playing outside (which happens quite often with older dogs), she’ll always have access inside her own home so she can still live comfortably without worrying constantly about being embarrassed by accidents happening everywhere else except where she wants them too happen!

Just remember: if there’s anything we can learn from dogs who suffer from incontinence is that sometimes life throws us curve balls even though we never saw coming–but as long as we stay positive despite any obstacles standing between us and success then everything will turn out fine eventually even if nothing seems like it ever could again.

Know the causes

  • Age. As dogs age, they tend to have more medical conditions that may cause incontinence. These include urinary tract infections (UTIs), diabetes and neurological disease.
  • Medical condition. Some medical conditions that can lead to incontinence include kidney disease, bladder stones, spinal cord injuries and prostate problems.
  • Behavior issue. A behavioral problem is the least common cause of incontinence in older dogs but it does happen occasionally. Examples of a behavioral issue leading to incontinence are separation anxiety and stress-related urination caused by being over-excited or anxious about something happening around them such as a visitor coming into your house or an upcoming vacation with you taking them away from their home environment where they feel secure with familiar surroundings.”

Add in pee pads and belly bands.

A pad is an absorbent pad that can be placed on a dog’s bed or crate. The pad absorbs the urine and then can be removed, cleaned, and replaced with a fresh one. Pads are great for female dogs that have started to go in their crates because they’re easy to use, but they’re also good for male dogs who just don’t want to stop peeing on everything (it happens).

Belly bands are another option if your dog has incontinence issues. They act like condoms for your dog’s belly, keeping the area dry and protected from accidents during walks or when he’s sleeping in his bed at night. Belly bands are especially helpful if you have an older male who still has some of his testicles intact; this way there’s less chance of them getting wet when he pees!

Use a dog diaper

  • If your older dog is incontinent, one way to help protect your furniture and keep the dog comfortable is by using a dog diaper.
  • To use a dog diaper, simply put it on the same way you would put on an adult’s diaper.
  • Dog diapers can be purchased at most pet stores or online.

Clean up after your dog

If your dog is incontinent, it’s important to keep the fur clean. Dirt and bacteria can build up in the fur, which can cause irritation and infection.

You should brush your older dog regularly to remove dirt and any loose hair (especially around their rear end). You can use a damp cloth or wet wipes to clean the fur on their backside, around their ears and under their front legs, but don’t wash them too often as this may dry out their skin.


Incontinence in dogs can be a frustrating issue to manage. You might have to use several methods before finding the one that works best for you and your dog. Try not to get discouraged if you don’t find success right away—many other pet owners have been in your shoes, and you will find a solution that works for both of you. Just remember: incontinence is rarely an emergency, so give yourself time to find what works best.