Incontinence is a loss of your dog's ability to control his bladder

For those of you who've had your dogs regain bladder and/or bowel control, how long did it take?
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It is important to treat dog bladder control problems, even if your dog lives outdoors. Failure to treat the condition can be life threatening and result in:
Best of luck to you and your dog as you pursue treatment options for dog bladder incontinence.
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True love happens when our dog has an accident in the middle of the night and we get up, clean up the mess with no resentment and feel sorry for our poor dog. Accidents become more frequent as our dogs age, and urinary bladder incontinence happens frequently in older dogs. A leaky bladder can be messy, but first of all, dogs get also very embarrassed when they have accidents. Staying on top of a dog that can't control their bladder is a LOT of work; that's for sure.
Photo provided by FlickrDue to the fact that the dog cannot control his bladder muscles, he will be more likely to develop urinary infections.
Photo provided by PexelsA weak bladder sphincter causes urinary incontinence in dogs. This can be the result of several things, including:
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A dog with bladder control problems will likely have multiple accidents in the home even though he's housebroken. A dog may also dribble urine or have accidents at night. A weak bladder sphincter: could be due to aging, being overweight, or the neurological receptors in the bladder sphincter lack sensitivity Spinal cord disease: damage to a dog's spinal cord may lead to incontinence because of trauma to the nerves that run from the cord to the muscles that control urination Most cases of bladder control problems, up to 64%, stem from a urinary tract infection. Most dogs that are incontinent are older females of large and medium-sized breeds. Any dog displaying bladder control problems should be treated as soon as possible. If not, the results can be deadly or result in other behavioral problems, skin irritation, odor, or other illnesses. A veterinarian should be sought if a dog is losing control of their bladder to see if this is a symptom of a serious underlying problem. The vet may take x-rays. An endoscopy, a device with a small video camera, may be used to see if there are any problems within the structure of the bladder. If the bladder is not structured correctly, surgery may be required. Q: My old girl, Tim-Tim, is losing bladdercontrol and I’m wondering if I shouldtrain her to use an indoor potty system. Is ittoo late to teach an old dog new tricks?—Loves Old Dog in LouisvilleOther Reasons for Urinary Incontinence
If your dog is leaking urine, it is very important to schedule a visit with your veterinarian in order to rule out other causes of incontinence. You can’t just assume it is a weak bladder. Other conditions that can cause urinary incontinence are urinary tract infection, bladder stones, injuries or degenerative diseases of the back, prostate problems, birth defects, diseases that cause excessive drinking such as diabetes, senility, submissive urination and the lack of house training. Most of these conditions require a different form of treatment than that for urethral sphincter hypotonus. Many of these other conditions can be ruled in or out by a simple urinalysis and urine culture. Your veterinarian may also order additional tests if necessary to help provide a correct diagnosis. When dogs become , they lose control of their bladders. This means that urine will leak out of their bladders constantly, especially when they're lying down or resting. Incontinent dogs shouldn't be punished for urinating in the house, since they have no control over the muscles of their bladder.