"Incontinence in dogs can be urinary or fecal and may or may not be a symptom of an underlying illness."
We have been talking about incontinent dogs for as long as we can remember but today, we go on a more personal level - how your household should deal with incontinence.
Incontinence in dogs can be urinary or fecal and may or may not be a symptom of an underlying illness.
Incontinence usually occurs in dogs who are middle-aged to senior and is also conditional regarding the breed and size of your fur-baby.
The following are symptoms you can check on your fur-baby and simple steps your household can do to help manage your incontinent dog.
SYMPTOMS OF AN INCONTINENT DOG
- unusual drinking behaviors (excessive drinking)
- sudden leaking
- free-flowing pee
- excessive licking of private area
- accidents everywhere (even if your fur-baby is house-trained)
- wet bed and a wet blanket
- cloudy or bloody urine
First things first, visit your vet.
Is it really incontinence? It can be that your dog is really incontinent or just going through an increased urge to pee due to some diseases (diabetes, kidney complications, etc) or medications.
The only way for you to find out? Is to have a check-up.
Your vet will perform general exams, take your dog's temperature, urine and blood samples and may also perform an x-ray or an ultrasound. Never E V E R assume your dog has incontinence not unless stated and diagnosed by your veterinarian.
Recognize all treatment options.
We want nothing but the best for our fur-babies that's why all treatment options must be acknowledged. The treatment plan offered by your vet will depend greatly on the cause of the incontinence. For your female fur-baby, it can be incontinence that's hormone-responsive notably when she's spayed. Other causes of incontinence are congenital conditions, infections in the GI tract, lower back injuries, etc.
Diapers, belly bands and pee pads to the rescue
Incontinent dogs will need quite some time to recover (unfortunately others have it for the rest of their lives). Your fur-baby's incontinence will not be correctable as of the moment, that's why your household can consider looking for diapers, belly bands, and pee pads to prevent messy clean-ups in your home. Diapers can be used by both male and female dogs alike. Belly bands, on the other hand, are made specifically for male dogs to act as a wrap for their belly area, covering the private area. Also, pee pads are premium dog pee pads that lock in fluids from your incontinent dog. These are great ways to keep you on top of your incontinent dog's hygiene as it prevents your fur-baby from bathing and lying on his pee and poop.
These incontinent products are super absorbent and will help prevent your fur-baby from urine scald/burns and from bathing in his own pee!
Provide supplements for bladder support
Pet Parents® Supplements for Bladder and Kidney Support contains pumpkin seed extract that greatly supports proper bladder muscle function for your incontinent dog. Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants and help support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and help reduce the risks of cancer.
Note: Supplements are all that they are...supplements. They are not medications and are in no way a cure or a guaranteed aid.
How your household should be dealing with your incontinent dog can be hard work but nothing can ever get in the way for your fur-baby to have happier and healthier years ahead.
"Your fur-baby's incontinence will not be correctable as of the moment, that's why your household can consider looking for diapers, belly bands, and pee pads to prevent messy clean-ups in your home."