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5 Possible Causes of Canine Urinary Incontinence and What You Ca

by Kate Rieger

By the time you finish reading this, you are going to understand what is causing your dog's canine urinary incontinence and what steps you can take to get rid of it. Urinary continence is a common problem that is unpleasant for both pet owners and their dogs. What's worse is that it is often caused by illnesses that can become life-threatening if they are not treated in time. First, it's important to figure out what could be causing your dog's urinary incontinence.

Here are 5 possible causes:

1. Birth defects can sometimes cause urinary problems in dogs such as incontinence. The most common birth defects that cause urinary incontinence in puppies are ectopic ureters. Normally the ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder but when a puppy has an ectopic ureter, the ureters bypass the bladder and connect to an abnormal area like the urethra or vagina. This can cause the puppy to drip urine. Of all breeds, Siberian Huskies most commonly have this problem. Ectopic ureters can also cause recurrent bladder infections. The only way to correct this problem is through surgery.

2. A blockage of the urethra with a bladder stone, excessive amount of crystals, or a tumor can also cause canine urinary incontinence. This happens because a blockage can keep your dog from emptying his bladder completely, in turn making his bladder large and leak around the blockage. This condition must be corrected immediately because 3 to 4 days of complete blockage can be fatal. A special diet and medication can treat most blockages but in some cases, surgery may be necessary.

3. Older pets often dribble urine because of a weakened sphincter. Urinary problems in dogs of old age may also cause them to create more urine than normal and their full bladder can put pressure on their weakened sphincter and cause them to dribble urine. There are medications that can tighten your dog's sphincter but they also have significant side effects.

4. Canine urinary incontinence caused by a response to hormonal changes is known to occur in neutered dogs of both sexes but most commonly female dogs. In this case they can urinate normally but leak urine while resting. In order to keep your dog's bladder healthy and prevent urine from leaking, it's best to administer a safe, homeopathic treatment.

5. Urinary problems in dogs can be caused by bacterial infections. Bacterial infections can be fatal if not treated in time. Many veterinarians prescribe antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections but dogs require high doses of medication for long periods because they metabolize most of the drugs, which then pass through in their urine. These high doses of antibiotics can actually aggravate bladder infections. Furthermore, the overuse of antibiotics has led to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

Now that you are armed with this information, remember to get the help of a veterinarian to find out what is causing your dog's canine urinary incontinence. It can be a bothersome problem for you and your pet but it can be easily corrected if a proper diagnosis is made. In severe cases surgery or antibiotics may be a necessary treatment but in most cases lifestyle changes and homeopathic treatment can go a long way. Prevention is the best medicine to keep urinary problems in dogs from recurring. You can take action today to help your dog achieve permanent recovery from canine urinary incontinence through natural treatment.

About the Author
Kate Rieger is partnered with the Kentucky S.N.I.P clinic and together they provide affordable solutions for pet owners in the Kentuckiana region. Visit her site today to learn more about a natural, homeopathic program to treat and prevent canine urinary incontinence and discover how to naturalize your pet care today.