Helping a Senior Dog with Incontinence

Updated 5/17/2023

There are many reasons a senior dog may lose control over their bladder or bowels. Incontinence can be a symptom of several conditions. Certain breeds are more prone to developing incontinence and female dogs are more prone to developing urinary incontinence. 

If your senior dog has recently developed lose of control over their bowels or bladder, it is important to speak with your vet to determine the underlying condition. Diabetes, kidney infection, bladder infection and other illnesses that can be treated with medication may offer some solution to bladder or bowel incontinence. 

There are a number of reasons your senior dog may become incontinent:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Anatomic abnormalities
  • Weak bladder
  • Spinal injury or degeneration
  • Inherited condition
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Prostate disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Medications
  • Urinary stones

Bladder leaks are common in older dogs because the urethral muscles are not as strong as they were. Some dogs have a hard time holding their urine and need more frequent trips to the bathroom. Infection is another issue to be aware of as frequent urination can lead to infection, especially if your dog is licking the area frequently. It’s important to seek medical attention if your dog is experience bladder or bowel incontinence. In some cases, bowel incontinence may be treated surgically, depending on the cause.

There are products that can help make incontinence more bearable, and protect furniture and floors. Some of the more common incontinence dog products include:

  • Belly bands or wraps for male dogs
  • Dog diapers for female dogs
  • Pee pads
  • Washable bedding
  • Plastic sheets
  • Supplements for urinary health

To learn more about any of these products, click the link below and support senior pets with your purchase. 

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