What is urinary incontinence (UI)?
Urinary incontinence occurs when your dog involuntarily loses urine due to lack of bladder control. For example, you may see a wet spot when she gets up from a nap or more volume in other inappropriate places.
What causes canine urinary incontinence?
The cause can be medical or behavioral or a combination of both. Inappropriate urination is a complex condition, so work with your veterinarian to discover the reason for your dog’s incontinence.
How will the veterinarian determine the cause of UI in my dog?
The veterinarian will ask you questions about your dog’s inappropriate urination and do a physical examination. Depending on the results, your veterinarian probably will recommend tests that include a urinalysis, urine culture, blood tests, and perhaps abdominal images or ultrasound. These tests should help determine the cause of the problem.
Are some dogs more likely to have urinary incontinence than others?
Any dog can experience urinary incontinence, but it is most frequent in middle-aged and older spayed females. Mid-sized and large breeds are more likely than small breeds to suffer from urinary incontinence.
What are the treatments for urinary incontinence (UI)?
The treatment depends on the cause. Possibilities include surgery, estrogen therapy, or other medications, such as an FDA-approved form of phenylpropanolamine that can strengthen urethral muscle tone. Properly treated UI is likely to resolve quickly — that’s why a veterinary exam and diagnosis are so important.
My dog urinates when the family leaves the house. Isn’t that just separation anxiety?
Maybe. But separation anxiety usually results in other behavioral signs as well, such as improper chewing or scratching. And these signs are not enough for a diagnosis — schedule a veterinary checkup to be sure.
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