Accidents happen! But if your dog consistently has trouble making it outside to do its business, there could be something else wrong.
Dog incontinence can be frustrating for both owners and dogs. Your pet may be trying really hard to let you know she has to go out, but physically can’t make it. And you may be getting upset about your ruined carpet or rugs!
Here’s everything you need to know about dog incontinence— what causes it, what to look for, how to treat it, and some products that will help you manage the diagnosis.
Causes of Incontinence in Dogs
Put simply, dog incontinence is when a house-trained dog loses control of his/her bladder. This can happen in small leaks or large amounts, and can be a symptom of several underlying causes, such as, age, hormonal imbalances, spinal cord disease, urinary tract infections, weak bladder, urinary stones, certain medications, and spaying/neutering, among other causes.
The dogs most prone to incontinence are female dogs who have been spayed, and breeds like springer and cocker spaniels, Doberman pinschers and Old English sheepdogs, although it can occur in any dog breed, gender or age.
What to look for.
It may seem obvious— if your previously house-trained dog starts wetting its bed frequently, it could be a sign that he/she is suffering from incontinence, but there are some other important symptoms to be aware of. Other symptoms include: skin irritation and excessive licking of the private area.
First, consult with your pet’s veterinarian. If left untreated, incontinence can cause urinary tract infections, kidney infections and severe skin irritations. Your vet may prescribe medication, hormone treatment, collagen injections, or surgery.
If dog diapers aren’t your thing, don’t worry there is hope! A dog bed that will stay dry and that is easy to clean, is essential for a dog with incontinence, but it can be hard to find! That’s why 4Knines has developed a
dog bed liner specifically for dogs with this issue (and for dogs who like to be in the outdoors and lay in their beds wet or covered in snow, mud or dirt!).
4Knines owners Jim and Maggie know firsthand the issues that can arise with dog incontinence. Their Doberman pinscher Ana developed the problem at the age of three, and it was devastating to their family.
Ana would awaken at night and try to make it to the door to be let outside, but sadly, she was having accidents. After a vet visit, Ana was diagnosed with incontinence and is now on medication, which has helped tremendously. Incontinence is a lifetime issue, so even with medication, accidents can happen.
To avoid having to throw out expensive dog beds, Jim and Maggie designed a waterproof dog bed liner that is designed to protect the padding or cushion that comes with a dog bed. The liner fits over the padding to keep the inside of the bed dry and clean, despite any accidents that might occur on top. It’s made of durable waterproof material, which is machine washable, comes in three sizes and is backed by a two-year warranty.