It’s tough when your older dog starts losing bladder control.
He’s been your faithful friend for years. You know it’s an accident and he didn’t do it on purpose.
But it’s still another smelly mess you have to clean up.
But don’t give up hope yet – we may have a solution for you!
Common Causes of Dog Urinary Incontinence
- Anatomic disorders
- Certain diseases
- Hormonal imbalance
- Intervertebral disc problems
- Kidney or bladder stones
- Old age
- Spinal degeneration
- Spinal injury
- Urinary tract infection
- Weak bladder sphincter
Symptoms of Dog Urinary Incontinence
You’ll most likely notice signs of urinary incontinence right away.
The most common signs of canine urinary incontinence are:
- Dribbling while moving around
- Excessive drinking
- Excessive licking of vulva or penis
- Urine leakage on bedding
- Red skin on vulva or penis
- Urinating large amounts
Some dogs are more prone to urinary incontinence than others.
Canine urinary incontinence is most often seen in:
- Cocker spaniels
- Doberman pinschers
- Middle-aged to older spayed females
- Old English sheepdogs
- Springer spaniels
Western Diagnosis and Treatment for Dog Urinary Incontinence
If your dog suffers incontinence, you should see your veterinarian.
First, your veterinarian will try to determine the cause of incontinence.
Diagnosing the cause often includes:
- Physical examination
- Urine culture
Testing varies depending on what your vet finds during the initial physical exam. Some dogs don’t need radiographs or ultrasound.
Sometimes testing shows the cause is a urinary tract or bladder infection.
If your dog suffers either, your veterinarian will recommend antibiotics.
If incontinence caused by other problems, most veterinarians recommend hormone therapy or pharmaceuticals.
Eastern Diagnosis and Treatment of Canine Incontinence
TCVM considers disease a sign of energetic imbalance.
The treatment goal is returning the animal’s body to harmony and balance.
The TCVM herbal blend Suo Quan Wan often helps dogs suffering from incontinence.
Suo Quan Wan helps dogs suffering the TCVM signs of:
- A deep, weak pulse
- A pale, wet tongue
- Cold or weak back
- Kidney Qi deficiency
- Unfirm Kidney Qi
- Urinary leakage
- Warming Kidney Qi
- Consolidating Kidney Qi
Dr. Xie’s inspiration for Suo Quan Wan was Jiao Zhu Fu Ren Liang Fang (Revised Fine Formulas for Women) by Bi Li-Zhi.