A dog owners guide to canine incontinence
Canine incontinence occurs when your dog is unable to control his urination. It can be a serious medication condition. Like incontinence in humans, it usually affects older dogs. Male and female dogs are both affected. So, what exactly causes this condition?
There are various reasons why your dog could suddenly become unable to control his urination? Most cases are caused by a hormone deficiency. Sometimes, an infection can be the source of the problem. One of the most serious causes is kidney failure. You may be wondering what are some of the signs that your dog has this condition?
The most obvious sign that your dog is suffering from canine incontinence is leaking of urine. This will especially be noticeable after your dog gets up from resting or sleeping. Some dogs also develop skin irritation around their genitals. This will prompt them to lick the area constantly. The fur around the genitals may also appear discolored.
If your pooch shows any of these symptoms, you should take him to a veterinarian. The veterinarian will first take a urine sample. If your dog won’t urinate into a container, urine can be extracted from the bladder using a catheter or needle. Your dog may also undergo an ultrasound, blood test, and x-rays.
Canine incontinence can be treated using a medication to tighten the urinary sphincter which helps prevent leaking. Some dogs have to take this medication for life. This condition can increase your dog’s risk for developing an infection. If an infection occurs, it can be treated with antibiotics. Skin irritation around the genitals can be treated with a topical solution. As mentioned earlier, one of the main causes is a hormone imbalance. This can be treated using hormone replacement medication.