What Causes Incontinence in Dogs and What Can I Do About it?

Published: 08th January 2010
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Incontinence in dogs is usually associated with old age but it can happen to dogs of any age. Older dogs have it when their urinary sphincter becomes weak and they cannot hold their urine in. Younger dogs can get it due to birth defects.

Urinary incontinence in dogs can be treated however. First, it's important to figure out what the underlying cause is by taking your dog to the vet, who will do some tests. There are serious illnesses that can cause continence so it's important to get your dog diagnosed first and foremost.

Incontinence in dogs that is caused by bacterial infection, bladder stones, or old age can be effectively treated with conventional medicine such as antibiotics and natural approaches such as homeopathy, diet, water, and exercise. Lifestyle change is the key to alleviating this issue in dogs.

If you have any commercial dog food, either consider preparing your dog's meals at home or switch to a high quality organic premium brand. Commercial dog foods, particularly dry foods, are laden with excessive amounts of carbohydrates and minerals. Also, the lack of moisture in dry foods doesn't help.

When there are too many minerals and carbohydrates in your pet's food, they cause the pH balance of his urinary tract to get thrown off. This can lead to infection and thus urinary incontinence in dogs.

Incontinence in dogs can also be prevented by making sure your dog gets plenty of water. Don't give too much water to your dog however if he has polydipsia. This is a condition that causes your dog to drink excessive amounts of water for no particular reason.

Water is good because it flushes out bacteria and keeps your dog's urine flow healthy. It helps if your dog is suffering from incontinence due to bacterial infection or urinary stones.

Last but certainly not least, homeopathy is essential in treating incontinence. Homeopathic remedies that contain cantharis and uva ursi strengthen your dog's urinary tract and bladder. They get rid of infections and stones and also help your dog hold his urine in better. It also helps the body to help itself by keeping urine at the optimal PH for fighting infection.

Homeopathic remedies are gentle enough to be given to your dog every day. In fact, you want to aim at daily treatment since that will help prevent incontinence in dogs and keep your pup in optimal health.

Why not give it a shot? You really have nothing to lose. You have quite a lot to gain since homeopathy is totally safe and affordable. Not to mention the other lifestyle changes mentioned here are easy to implement and effective too.

Say goodbye to incontinence in dogs by incorporating these tips! You will be impressed with the results.

Jeff Grill is an editor of the Dog Health Guide and has written on many canine health problems. See this site for more information on treatment options for incontinence in dogs.

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