Urinary incontinence occurs in adult dogs that have bladder or nearby organ problems, so it is important to identify the causes of incontinence and seek appropriate treatment.
Urinary incontinence does not only occur in people, it also occurs in dogs, especially in female dogs that have been spayed. It is not the dog’s fault, there are many factors that can cause this problem.
It usually occurs in adult dogs that have bladder problems or nearby organs such as the pelvis and reproductive organs, so it is important to identify the causes of incontinence and seek appropriate treatment.
If your dog has incontinence and you want to help him get better, keep reading this information we prepared for you.
1- Solutions for urinary incontinence in dogs
Incontinence in dogs occurs mostly when they reach adulthood, spayed females are more likely to suffer from incontinence to a greater extent than females that are not spayed.
The symptoms of incontinence in dogs are: wet hair on the abdomen or back legs, uncontrolled urine leakage, recurrent urinary tract infection and inflammation in the genital area.
Before looking for a solution to your dog’s incontinence problem, it is important to know the most frequent causes of this disorder.
1-1 Urinary incontinence due to hormonal deficiency
This kind of incontinence is more frequent in female dogs that have been spayed and are already in middle or adult age. Estrogen deficiency is the cause in females, and testosterone deficiency is the cause in males. These hormones are responsible for maintaining the sphincter muscle.
Incontinence occurs when the dog sleeps. When awake, the dog urinates normally.
1-2 Neurogenic urinary incontinence
It is caused by lesions in the spinal cord, these lesions damage the nerves responsible for controlling the bladder, decreasing its musculature and its ability to contract. As a result, the bladder overflows and urine leakage occurs.
1-3 Urinary incontinence due to bladder hyperdistension
It is caused
by an obstruction in the bladder, which can be caused by stones, tumors or narrowing in the area.
1-4 Urinary incontinence due to kidney failure
Kidney diseases cause this type of incontinence, the loss of urine is abundant, so the dog’s water consumption increases to recover the lost liquids, which causes him to urinate even more.
All these types of incontinence have their solution, from hormonal treatments to surgical operations, there are many solutions and hopes for your dog to have a better life.
* Here are three recommendations:
** If you have a spayed dog at an older age, take her to the vet for her check-up and a possible early diagnosis of incontinence.
** Check your dog from time to time to rule out lesions that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
** If your dog is already incontinent, don’t scold him, it’s not his fault, take him to the vet as soon as possible for proper treatment.
2- Treatments for urinary incontinence in dogs
Depending on its cause, the treatments for incontinence in dogs are:
* For incontinence due to hormonal deficiency, the veterinarian can prescribe drugs to your dog, to increase the tone of the sphincter and thus solve the problem.
* For incontinence due to spinal cord injury, the veterinarian can measure the force of contraction of the bladder to be able to tell where the damage is due to the injury. This is a difficult incontinence to treat.
* For incontinence due to obstruction, treatment is to eliminate the cause of the obstruction.
* For incontinence due to renal disease, the treatment is based on a particular food and medication depending on the symptoms that the dog presents.
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