Does Cystitis Cause Incontinence in Dogs?

Cystitis is an inflammation in a dog's bladder. It can have many causes. Signs of cystitis include differences in urination patterns and the appearance of urine -- but peeing uncontrollably is generally not a result of cystitis. If your canine family member is peeing uncontrollably and you are not sure why, get in contact with your vet to discover the cause.

Cystitis and Urination

Cystitis can cause blood in the urine; this is one of the most frequent clinical signs of the condition. Affected dogs will squat and strain to produce only a little bit of pee and may dribble in several locations rather than in one spot. Their urination may be more frequent than before they had the infection. Cystitis can be caused by bacterial infection, bladder stones, tumors or polyps, or have no distinct cause.

By Catherine Lovering

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References
VCA Animal Hospitals: Cystitis in Dogs
East Padden Animal Hospital: Cystitis in Dogs

About the Author
Catherine Lovering has written about business, tax, careers and pets since 2006. Lovering holds a B.A. (political science), LL.B. (law) and LL.L. (civil law).