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Has your dog been peeing on the floor lately?
A weak bladder is, unfortunately, part of getting old. Just ask grandpa!
But seriously, it’s fairly common for dogs to develop bladder incontinence.
Luckily you can do something about it!
Help for a pet’s leaky bladder starts by ruling out various medical conditions (one being bladder stones).
Treatment For Your Dog’s Bladder Incontinence Depends On The Cause
We know it’s a frustrating predicament.
The best course of action is to have your dog’s bladder problems properly diagnosed.
Here are 3 concerning possibilities:
- Cushing’s disease
Do you have a female dog?
Being spayed could also cause bladder problems.
On the other hand, the fix could be very simple. A specific medication or antibiotic may do the trick.
Let’s go into more detail regarding possible solutions for your dog’s sake…
Canine Incontinence Treatments
Many different types of prescription meds are given for a weak or malfunctioning bladder.
First, the process begins with your vet doing a urinalysis and a few other tests.
Only then can an action plan be developed for your dog’s situation.
A popular drug for weak bladder is Phenylpropanolamine — a solid choice for older canines. Many owners end up going this route.
But again, the right treatment depends on your dog’s particular underlying medical issue.
Sometimes surgery is recommended.
Thankfully, there are usually other options…
Hormone or Collagen Therapy
For dogs, there are two increasingly used methods for controlling a weak bladder.
- Hormonal replacement therapy which improves urethra tone.
This can enable better urinary function though it requires a cocktail of drugs, including estrogen. It works, but it’s a long-term commitment.
- Collagen injections if your vet says their a candidate.
The good thing about this is you won’t need to medicate your dog much.
The procedure is not expensive, but many vets don’t perform it. Call around.
Antibiotics Work Wonders
Something as simple as an antibiotic could do the trick.
But first, a bladder infection must be confirmed.
One of the top symptoms is unexpected or frequent urination. This could explain why your dog is peeing indoors. Hopefully!
Such a prognosis would be easily treatable.
A buddy’s bathroom routine can be expected to normalize. That is, once the necessary antibiotics kick in.
The Use of Home Remedies
A weak or overactive bladder can be treated at home IF there is no possibility of harm.
Never use leftover human medications!
Bee pollen with wild yam chewable tablets are worth trying. In fact, it worked for my neighbor’s dog.
Some swear by cranberries despite this being proven a myth. Don’t give that to your dog expecting to see urinary improvement.
A last resort would be washable doggie diapers.
The Bottom Line
Your dog’s incontinence can be treated.
First you need to know the real reason(s) for the leaky bladder. Is it an infection or just old age setting in?
Whatever the case…
Having a pet dog with a weak bladder is totally manageable. Start by scheduling a check up!