Dog urinary incontinence is mostly seen in spayed bitches (and neutered dogs).
What is Dog Urinary Incontinence?
Urinary incontinence in dogs occurs when a house-trained dog loses control of his bladder. This can range in severity from occasional small urine leaks to inadvertent voiding of a large amount of urine.
What Causes Urinary Incontinence in Dogs?
There are many causes of urinary incontinence in dogs but we have listed a few below.
- Hormonal imbalance
- Weak bladder sphincter
- Urinary tract infection
- Urinary stones
- Spinal injury or degeneration (frequently seen in German shepherds)
- Prostate disorders
- Presence of other diseases that cause excessive water consumption, such as diabetes, kidney disease, over active adrenal glands
- Certain medications
Once we understand why this problem arises we can then take the necessary steps to rectify the problem by creating the body conditions which will minimize the potential for it to occur.
The most common situation arises when a spayed bitch or neutered male puts on weight after the procedure. The reason this arises is because this procedure removes the hormone activity and in doing so, the energy requirement is greatly reduced.
The dog simply needs less food!
The incontinence arises mainly when owners fail to recognize the need for less food and continue to feed the same amount of food or feed to excess. Conventional veterinary medicine tends to see the problem as one where the bladder sphincter muscle is under-performing but does not look at the causes other than a lack of appropriate hormones.
A dietary and herbal approach can support the overall approach to urinary incontinence in dogs.
The approach here is to feed Luath Holistic Nutrition or Robbie’s Holistic Cuisine but only 1/2 the suggested quantity and supplement the other 1/2 with home cooked white rice ( white rice has had up to 83% of the nutrients removed in the processing) . Adding Orange juice ( 1/2 cup per day) can help if the dog will take it.
Herbs that help with dog urinary incontinence
Dog urinary Incontinence support – Dry – Our Herbal Tincture will help to support the dog while the diet works on supporting the overall health.
Kidney Support – A powdered herbal formula to support the well being of the dogs kidneys.
The approach here is that healthy the kidneys store the bodies energy levels or Qi. Thus declining body energy (Qi) leads to poor bladder sphincter control and consequently urinary incontinence.