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Up to 20% of spayed female dogs may develop urinary incontinence.1

1. Von Goethem B. Schaefers-Okkens A, Kirpensteijn J. Making a rational choice between ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy in the dog: a discussion of the benefits of either technique. Vet Surg 2006; 35:136-143

Middle-aged and older spayed females have the greatest risk of urinary incontinence (UI), and it is more common in mid-sized and large breeds.

Signs of urinary incontinence include:

  • Dripping, leaking urine
  • Wet spots where dog sleeps
  • Excessive licking of genitals
  • Red, irritated skin in the genital area
  • Inappropriate urination indoors

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In most cases, misplaced pee should prompt a veterinarian visit. To help you narrow down whether your dog is misbehaving or has a medical issue, use the guidelines below.

Medical or Behavior
When and where do accidents happen?

Select a dog to reveal the associated possible problem, causes and treatment to the accident.

Wets when relaxed or asleep

Usually unaware they have soiled

Voids small amounts of urine frequently

Urinates during greetings, play, physical contact or scolding

Passes small amounts when upset or in stressful situations

Urinates small amounts on vertical surfaces, though may also occur on horizontal surfaces

Possible Problem

Urinary incontinence


Frequent urination

(behavioral or medical)

Submissive urination


Urine marking


  • Weakened muscles of the urethral sphincter
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Urinary stones
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Prostate disorders
  • Some medications
  • Anxiety
  • Excitement
  • Anxiety
  • Social/territorial triggers
  • Nonresident dogs in their environment
Most Commonly Seen In
  • Middle-aged and older spayed females
  • More common in mid-size and larger breeds
  • Can occur in dogs of all ages and breeds
  • Some breeds are more susceptible to certain conditions than others
  • Puppies
  • Adult dogs, especially those who lack confidence
  • Males and females of all ages and breeds
  • More prevalent with reproductively intact dogs
  • PROIN ER™ or PROIN®, an FDA-approved tablet
  • Doggie diapers
  • Varies based on condition
  • Dog will like outgrow the condition
  • Reduce stress – provoking interactions
  • Don’t bend over the dog or make direct eye contact
  • Teach the dog to ask to go outside
  • Consider contacting a dog trainer or canine behaviorist
  • Neuter or spay your dog
  • Thoroughly clean previously marked locations
  • Restrict access to things the dog is likely to mark
  • Consider contacting a dog trainer or canine behaviorist