Adult dogs urinating in the house is often not behavioral

April 18, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

So you have a housetrained dog who has started urinating in the house. You naturally start thinking the problem is behavioral. The dog must be mad at you and staging some sort of protest or something like that. Another consideration to keep in mind is that there are several health problems that can cause urinary incontinence in dogs. One in five dogs will have urinary incontinence. A dog urinating in her own bed, dribbling while walking, or increased grooming of the urethra area are good signs that there is a medical component to the urinating in the house.

The most likely problems are urinary tract infections or estrogen responsive incontinence. Urinary tract infections can be easily managed with antibiotics and estrogen responsive incontinence can be managed with chewable pills such as Proin. Estrogen responsive incontinence refers to incontinence that occurs due to decreased estrogen. Spaying a dog before the first heat decreases the chances of developing estrogen responsive incontinence later in life.

Age, being overweight, and neurological problems can all contribute to a weak bladder. Spinal cord diseases and bladder stones can also result in urinary incontinence. So if your dog starts urinating indoors, it’s a good time to schedule a checkup.

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