Urinary Incontinence in Dogs

The causes and treatments of a dog’s urinary incontinence.


Endocrine disorders: Hormonal-responsive urethral incompetence (usually spayed females, but sometimes in neutered males).

Congenital/Inherited disorders: Ectopic ureter or vulvovaginal stenosis (narrowing of vagina near urethral opening, causing urine pooling in vagina).

Infectious diseases: Bacterial infections causing cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), prostatitis, prostatic abscesses, or aspergillosis (fungal infection).

Tumors: In bladder, prostate, urethra, brain, spinal cord, or nerves.

Trauma: To the urethra, brain, spinal cord, or nerves.

Miscellaneous: Age-related weakening of sphincters that hold urine in bladder, cognitive dysfunction, or benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Toxicity: Sodium monofluoroacetate (also called 1080, a rodenticide) or marijuana.

Miscellaneous: Idiopathic urethral sphincter incompetence, or degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (narrowing of the vertebral canal in the pelvic area, which compresses the end of the spinal cord or the nerve roots).

What to do: If your dog has urinary incontinence accompanied by other serious signs of illness (vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, collapse, etc.), call your veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately. Otherwise, call your veterinarian during regular office hours to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/26/2013 4:38:35 AM

Good information to know, thanks!

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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

1/16/2013 10:56:56 AM

Good information. thanks

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Precious   Brooklyn, NY

1/10/2012 2:41:03 PM

I have a problem. My male dog has been having a yellow discharge from his private area. Before i take him to the vet i wanted to know if there was a way i could take care of it from home.

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Debbie   Lethbridge, AL

11/21/2011 9:52:50 AM

I have a 15 year old (human years) Shiht-zue/Terrier X male dog named Molson. I took him to the vet as he was constantly licking himself so much that his foreskin was puched back so far that his private part was constantly exposed. The Vet gave me medication for a urinary tract infection and did check his prostrate. Everything was ok. I administered all of the medication and a plastic cone was put on his head so he could not lick. Now that all of the medication is gone and I take off the cone he is back to licking his private so much that the foreskin is pushed back so far and rolled under that I have to keep the cone on him at all times. The Vet did tell me that he could keep licking once the infection has cleared up. I am at wits end and do not know what to do. I feel so sorry for my little guy because he has got to wear this dreaded thing on hos head all of the time to keep him from licking under there. Please does anyone have any suggestions ... I would love to hear
Thank You :)

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