Bladder control problems in dogs – Part 1

Not much is more frustrating than cleaning up little Scruffy’s accidents. Before you scold your little canine companion, consider that the problem may have a deeper root than simply bad behavior. Bladder control problems in dogs are fairly common. It is likely that even the best trained dog will have an accident from time to time. If your dog exhibits signs that you deem to be a problem, have them checked out by your veterinarian.

If you’ve ruled out behavior issues, there is a large probability that the cause is medical.

Dogs can suffer from bladder infections, bladder stones, tumors located in the bladder these problems contribute to the loss of control that a dog once demonstrated. Other ailments such as canine diabetes, kidney disease, and liver disease can cause increased urine production in dogs and give them the need to urinate more frequently.

To determine the cause of the problem the best advice is to take your dog to the veterinarian and allow them to run tests to rule out serious problems. In some instances the loss of bladder control is due to excitability or nervousness.

If a serious problem exists and is left untreated, the results could be fatal for your dog. It is very important to take your dog to the vet if you suspect your dog has health issues. Untreated medical problems can turn severe and cause a multitude of problems down the road.

Obesity is another cause of loss of bladder control in dogs. Dogs that are overweight have a tendency to loss muscle control resulting in bladder leakage. Old age is another cause of loss of bladder control in dogs. Just as humans age and sometimes lose partial control of their bladder, dogs too experience like symptoms.

Many pet supply stores sell items to aide in improving bladder control in dogs. Bands are available which fit around the dog’s bladder area to provide support of the muscles that may be lax. In certain medical instances medication can solve the problem within weeks.

Take your dog to the vet if they display signs of loss of bladder control. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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