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Old Dog Incontinence -- Is Your Aging Pet At Risk For Incontinence In Dogs?

Updated on May 12, 2009
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Darlene Norris loves cats and dogs. She has worked as a vet assistant, and draws on this experience when she writes her hubs.

Sometimes incontinence in older dogs is a problem for aging pets.
Sometimes incontinence in older dogs is a problem for aging pets.

Is incontinence in older dogs becoming a problem for your aging pet? It's hard to believe the time has gone by so quickly. It seems like it was only yesterday that your companion was a mischievous puppy. But suddenly he's getting along in years, and old dog incontinence is making your life miserable.

Don't feel helpless and worry that the end is near for your old friend. This is a problem that does have a solution.

What Causes Incontinence In Older Dogs?

This problem can be the result of somethng as simple as a canine urinary tract infection. Canine cystitis is a bacterial infection that causes bladder irritation, which results in your pet having to urinate frequently. In fact, the irritation can make it hard for your pet to "hold it" long enough to get outside.  

If your pet is having accidents in the house, you should have him checked for a canine bladder infection. These are easily treated, either with antibiotics, or with natural remedies for dogs.

Canine bladder stones are a common cause of bladder infections. These stones can have sharp edges that irritate the bladder wall, making it possible for an infection to gain a foothold. Sometimes these stones can be dissolved with a change in your pet's diet, but they may need to be removed surgically if that doesn't work.

A decrease in hormone levels can cause a loss of muscle tone, especially in the muscles that control the urinary sphincter. If your pet is leaving behind wet spots after a nap, this could be the reason. This problem is more common in female dogs than in males. However, prostrate problems are always a possibility in older male dogs.

Canine diabetes or Cushing's disease is often a factor in old dog incontinence. Symptoms of diabetes in dogs include excessive thirst, which leads to frequent urination. These conditions can be a challenge to manage, but with patience, it can be done.

A word of warning: if you notice persistent bleeding from your pet's urinary tract, don't ignore it, as it can be a symptom of cancer. Take him in for a vet check as soon as you can.

How To Cope With Incontinence In Dogs

It's important for your dog to see the vet if incontinence is becoming a problem. As mentioned above, the problem may be very treatable with antibiotics, a change in diet, hormonal treatment, or even surgery.

You may want to encourage your pet to sleep on a waterproof pad. This will protect furniture and carpeting in your home.  

Don't make him wait too long before letting him out. Set a timer so you remember to let him out more often. 

"Doggie diapers" may be an option if incontinence in old dogs happens more frequently.

Can Natural Remedies For Dogs Help?

The same herbal and homeopathic remedies that people have been using for centuries are now available to support urinary health in pets. Uva ursi and berberis are herbs with a long history of use in humans for bladder and urinary problems. Homeopathic remedies that support urinary health include Cantharis and Staphysagris.  

These remedies have been specially formulated to be safe and effective for pets. Plus they're easy to give to your pet, which makes it easy to use them every day.  

Take control of your pet's health! Start him on a natural remedy for dogs today, before incontinence in dogs becomes a problem for you and your companion.


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