My Dog Can't Control His Bladder

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For a concerned canine "parent," not many things cause more anxiety than the emergence of urinary incontinence. If your pooch is suffering from a seemingly uncontrollable urge to go number one, it is likely a sign of a bigger concern, whether the aging process or bladder stones.

Health Issues

Peeing uncontrollably is often a strong indication that something is amiss with a doggy, health-wise. If your pet seems to have problems managing his bladder, it could be a symptom of a variety of ailments, including urinary tract infection (UTI), hormonal conditions, bladder stones and congenital disorders. Uncontrollable urination also may be a result of various disorders that cause excessive urination, such as diabetes and kidney disease. Geriatric dogs also frequently develop incontinence and bladder management trouble. If your dog is on the older side—think 10 years and up—consider this possibility.



The only way to find out the exact reason behind a pup's involuntary peeing problem is by taking him into the veterinarian for an examination. If you're unsure as to whether your doggy has a problem in the first place, pay attention to his urinary patterns. If you notice damp patches throughout the floors of your home, it may be due to an uncontrollable leakage issue. These wet spots are usually especially prevalent around a dog's bedding. Along with the trickling pee, you may also observe your pet constantly licking the genital region. Skin inflammation and irritation may also come about due to the frequent urine trickling.



Fixed female dogs of large breeds are especially vulnerable to uncontrollable urination, notes The Merck Veterinary Medicine Manual. Although certain types of dogs may be more prone to the messy problem, absolutely any gender and size of canine can potentially exhibit incontinence, whether they're fixed or not.

Other Causes

Incontinence isn't the only factor that may lead to uncontrollable peeing urges. If your dog seems to have zero control over his bladder, it might just be that his housebreaking was insufficient or nonexistent. It may be time for you to start at square one with house-training your doggy, as frustrating as that may sound. Also consider the notion of urine marking. Even if your dog is completely house-trained, he may urine mark as a means of indicating mating desires, getting out stress or claiming turf. What you may presume to be uncontrollable may actually be totally intentional. Fortunately, neutering or spaying a dog often eliminates—or at least reduces—sigh-inducing spraying habits.


By Naomi Millburn

The Merck Veterinary Manual: Urinary Incontinence
ASPCA: Urinary Incontinence
ASPCA: Urine Marking in Dogs
ASPCA: House Training Your Adult Dog
West Suburban Humane Society: Urinary Incontinence
ASPCA: Aging
The Humane Society of the United States: Housetraining Adult and Senior Dogs

About the Author
Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.