why does my male dog leak urine
By Dr. Becker
In this video, Dr. Karen Becker talks about the problem of urine dribbling in pets в the involuntary passage of urine. Listen as she discusses the most common causes of the condition, as well as the treatment options she recommends. Please note this video addresses involuntary passage of urine only, and isnвt intended to cover other urination-related problems like too-frequent urination or behavioral-related problems like submissive urination. Involuntary passage of urine normally occurs while your pet is asleep or resting. When she stands up, you notice urine leakage. It can be just a small wet spot or a good sized puddle, depending on how much urine is being unintentionally passed. Other times you might notice a problem, for example, when your pet jumps up on the couch and spills a bit of urine, or she dribbles while walking through the house or as sheвs running during play. Itвs important to understand your pet isnвt intentionally leaking urine. She has no control over whatвs happening.
This is not a behavioral problem, itвs a medical problem в so trying to correct or punish your pet is a bad idea on multiple levels. In fact, many pets become very distressed to realize they are passing urine in places other than a designated potty spot. A housebroken dog or any kitty accustomed to using a litter box will be confused and even ashamed to know they are leaving urine in inappropriate spots. So itвs very important you treat urine dribbling as a medical problem requiring a medical diagnosis rather than a behavioral problem requiring behavior correction or worse, punishment. Your pet isnвt aware sheвs leaking urine until after the fact, and sheвs probably as upset with the situation as you are. There are a lot of causes for involuntary passage of urine, especially in dogs. Hands down, the most common reason for involuntary urine leakage, especially in dogs, is hormone-induced urinary incontinence. After a pet is spayed or neutered, the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone, which are necessary to help close the external urethral sphincter, are no longer available.
This often results in urine dribbling. Hormone-induced urinary incontinence is extremely common in spayed female dogs, and somewhat less common in neutered males. These are typically healthy, vibrant pets that just happen to dribble urine anywhere from multiple times a day to just once or twice a year. The cause of your petвs urinary incontinence will dictate what treatment she receives. If thereвs an underlying disease process or structural abnormality causing the problem, and it can be corrected through medical management and/or surgery, thatвs obviously the way to go. If your pet is diagnosed with hormone-induced urinary incontinence, I strongly recommend you consider attempting to treat the problem naturally. At my Natural Pet Animal Hospital, we successfully treat cases of hormone-induced urinary incontinence with Standard Process glandular therapy, as well as natural, biologically appropriate (non-synthetic) hormone replacement therapy and a few excellent herbal remedies We also frequently use acupuncture to improve function of the pudendal nerve and control or stimulate sufficient closure of the external urethral sphincter.
Chiropractic care can also keep the CNS working properly, aiding in normal bladder and neurologic function. I urge you to start with natural remedies, because some of the traditional drugs used to treat urinary incontinence, specifically DES (diethylstilbestrol), are potentially toxic with side effects that can create more problems for your precious pet than the problem you set out to correct. Synthetic hormone replacement drugs can cause some of the same problems in female dogs as they do in women who take them. If your pet is dribbling urine, you should work with your vet to determine whatвs causing the problem. As always, I recommend you have a on your petвs treatment team. Dogs with incontinence that canвt be completely resolved can be fitted with dog bloomers or panties with absorbent pads -- you can even use human disposable diapers and cut a hole for the tail.
Just remember that urine is caustic and should not remain on your petвs skin for long periods, so if you use diapers, be sure to change them frequently or remove them during times when your pet isnвt apt to be incontinent. The type of treatment you provide your dog depends on whether the incontinence was caused by a bladder infection, a blockage or other conditions. In most cases the vet will prescribe your dog a course of medication. Since it tightens the bladder muscles, phenylpropanolamine (PPA) is the most common medication prescribed for male dog incontinence. If your dog is suffering incontinence due to low hormone levels, the vet will give him hormone injections and replacement therapy. If you prefer, there are herbs that can cure urinary incontinence in male canines. For example you can put corn silk in your pet's food, the dosage depending on your dog's age, size and weight. However, it will not have the more immediate of effect medication.
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