Urinary Incontinence in Dogs (cont.)

Are Certain Dogs Prone to Urinary Incontinence?

Although urinary incontinence can afflict dogs of any age, breed or gender, it is most often seen in middle-aged to older spayed females; cocker spaniels, springer spaniels, Doberman pinschers and Old English sheepdogs are among the breeds often prone to incontinence.

How Is Urinary Incontinence Treated?

Treatment for incontinence will depend on its underlying cause. Medications can often effectively manage this condition and prevent everyday accidents. Some treatments focus on hormone therapy, while others, such as Propolin, strengthen the bladder muscles that control urine flow. Surgery also may be an option if medication alone doesn't work. Collagen injections, a newer therapy for incontinence, appear to have promising results.

In cases of incontinence due to bladder stones, a protruding disc or congenital abnormality, surgery may be recommended.

How Can I Manage Urinary Incontinence?

  • Pile clean blankets and towels in your dog's favorite sleeping spot, or put waterproof pads under her bedding to absorb any moisture.
  • Take your dog for more frequent walks, including first thing in the morning and shortly after she wakes from a nap.
  • Consider using doggie diapers, which are available at many pet stores.
  • Please consult with your vet before limiting your dog's water intake.
  • Provide proper hygiene to prevent any related skin infections.
  • Always monitor your pet's condition, since it can quickly accelerate to infection, especially in elderly dogs.