Does your dog start to urinate without realizing it? He may be suffering from urinary incontinence. This is a condition that frequently affects older dogs, but it can also be a symptom of another illness. In all cases, a visit to the veterinarian is necessary.
What is urinary incontinence in dogs? How is urinary incontinence in dogs treated?
How is urinary incontinence in dogs characterized?
First of all, a distinction must be made between incontinence problems and uncleanliness. In the first case, the animal is not aware that it is urinating. This can be presented by continuous drops or by leaks when he changes position or even by a real involuntary peeing. In contrast to cleanliness problems where the dog consciously defecates in inappropriate places because he has not learned to be clean.
What causes urinary incontinence in dogs?
It is a pathology that affects many older dogs. Incontinence can occur through a decrease in the tone of the sphincter, the muscle that is supposed to hold urine, which, unable to perform its function, occasionally releases urine.
It is common for a sterilized bitch to have involuntary urine loss; dogs are also affected by this phenomenon the following spaying but to a lesser extent. This incontinence translates into a dysfunction of the sphincter which becomes weakened and causes random losses.
Cystitis and other inflammation
Inflammation of the bladder or uterus can cause some incontinence problems. They require the animal to urinate frequently in small amounts and the dog may be unable to hold on between outings.
Nervous problems may be the cause of incontinence in dogs. Nerve damage can lead to a urinary deficit, for example, a urethral rupture.
Some dogs can be born with a malformation called the ectopic ureter. The ureter is a tube that connects each kidney to the bladder to carry the urine. In this condition, the ureter is badly positioned and ends badly towards the bladder.
What to do when you have an incontinent dog?
The first thing to do when you suspect that your dog has incontinence problems is to make an appointment with the veterinarian for an examination. This will help us understand where the problem comes from and determine if the problem is due to actual incontinence or if it is not a symptom of another canine disease. Various tests can be performed to find out the origin of the problem: blood test, ultrasound, CT scan, etc.
Treatments vary depending on the cause of the incontinence. If it occurs after the sterilization of a dog, it will be a medicinal treatment to strengthen the sphincter. In the case of a malformation such as an ectopic ureter, the treatment will be a surgical operation to put the ureter back in place.
Finally, there are certain treatments that your veterinarian may prescribe to help regulate your dog’s bladder. For example, Propalin is an effective syrup for the long-term treatment of dog incontinence. But if you prefer a more natural homeopathic treatment, Baryta Carbonica 5ch at a rate of 5 granules per night for 3 months has been proven to treat incontinence. Be careful however to consult your veterinarian beforehand in order to get his opinion.
Facilitating the daily life of an incontinent dog
Having an old incontinent dog requires some organization to manage involuntarily peeing. Already, invest in mats to protect the surfaces on which the dog usually sleeps: his basket, a carpet, the floor, the sofa… This allows on the one hand to absorb the liquid and keep the dog dry as much as possible before he gets up and on the other hand, it also protects the surface.
Dog diapers are also a good way to protect your home but also the places where you go with your dog. There are diapers for all sizes of dogs, it will take a little time for your pet to adapt to this accessory but very quickly he will get used to it.
Dog incontinence is characterized by the involuntary loss of urine. It mainly affects older dogs, but other pathologies can be the cause.