Dog Bladder Control Problems (Incontinence)

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Any pet owner who has experienced dog bladder control problems knows it is one of the most frustrating and often confusing conditions that any pet owner will ever encounter. The constant cleaning, deodorizing, and other pets sensing that they should liberate themselves on your favorite antique green rug is enough to send both pet and two legged companion to the psychiatrist for anger avoidance classes. In this informational article titled "Dog Bladder Control Problems" we will explore the basic categories of this condition along with potential causes of lack of urinary storage in dogs.

In the world of dog bladder control problems the condition can fall under the umbrella of five distinctly different categories. Let's take a look at these:

*Urge incontinence: Urge incontinence is an intense and abrupt urge to urinate, followed by an uncontrollable loss of urine. Your dog will simply have to let the urine fly no matter where he is. This is often seen in older pets.

*Overflow incontinence: Overflow incontinence is the uncontrollable leakage of small amounts of urine, generally caused by some type of urinary tract blockage (stones) or by weak contractions of the bladder muscles. When urine flow is blocked or even partially blocked the bladder is like a clogged up toilet bowl which when flushed tends to overflow. 

*Nervous Incontinence: Your friend Ann has threatened to never attend one of your parties due to your puppy's problems with urine storage. He just is so excited to see Ann that he always pees on her dress.

*Functional Incontinence: Inability or sometimes unwillingness to void in the appropriate place. This condition is mostly seen in dogs that are old, young dogs where bathroom training has gone amuck, angry pets, dogs that have memory problems, and/or those with severe arthritis. 

*Mixed Incontinence: This could be any combination of the conditions listed above. For instance you could have a nervous aging canine with a stretched bladder that has weak sphincter muscles.

Realistically there are numerous reasons why dog bladder control problems can occur, in fact many more than we will list here but let's briefly explore some of the most common.

*Infections: An infection in of the urinary tract can potentially lead to problems with urine storage. The most often encounter is cystitis or bladder infection. Bladder infection or bladder inflammation affects the bladders ability to function efficiently. Your canine may also be in a great deal of pain, thus reluctant to void. If you notice signs such as blood in the urine, straining and/or yelping during voiding, cloudy or smelly urine or an unusual number of accidents a trip to the vet should be in order. A simple bladder infection can be treated effectively with antibiotics in short order.

*Uroliths or Stones: Tiny crystals normally made up of calcium, magnesium and other minerals can form anywhere in the urinary tract causing inflammation and partial or total blockage. Frequent urination and dribbling are major symptoms. Total blockage is life threatening.

*Just getting old: As canines age their muscles start to weaken leading to the possibility of dog bladder control problems.

Finding Answers

When it comes to problems with urine storage, options in conventional treatment are somewhat limited and their efficacy is questionable at best. The best way to cure your dog's incontinence is by addressing all of the problem areas of his health through natural treatment because there could be underlying causes of his incontinence. 

To treat and prevent urinary problems in dogs and promote optimal health, you have to give them plenty of fresh, filtered water to drink, a diet of raw and unprocessed foods, a bit of unsweetened cranberry juice, and a homeopathic supplement.

Homeopathic remedies for dog incontinence are very effective in treating dog bladder control problems because they contain natural tonics that are effective in strengthening and maintaining a healthy bladder and urinary tract and are a safe and affordable natural option worth considering. 

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R.D. Hawkins is an enthusiastic advocate of alternative natural health products and supplements with over 10 years experience. To learn more about natural remedies for better pet health visit Purchase

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This article was published on 2010/03/29