As stated by Dr. Shawn Messonnier in his book titled “Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats”, urinary incontinence means that the pet cannot totally control his ability to urinate. Typically, urinary incontinence causes a “leaky bladder”. Clinical signs often seen include finding “wet spots” under the pet where he / she sleeps, and seeing dribbling urine as the pet moves about.
Urinary incontinence 1 can be seen in young pets, including puppies and kittens, but is usually seen in middle-aged to older pets. The exact cause is unknown, although since incontinence often responds to oestrogen or testosterone supplementation following spaying and neutering, hormonal factors obviously play a factor in maintaining the tone of the urethra and preventing leakage of urine. Other hormonal imbalances such as hypothyroidism, and rarely bladder tumours, also can lead to urinary incontinence. Bladder tumours usually also cause increased frequency of urination, painful urination, or a burning sensation during urination, excessive licking at the genitals, and occasionally blood in the urine.
There are a many causes for involuntary passage of urine, especially in dogs, as noted by Dr Karen Becker:
- Central nervous system trauma. If your pet’s brain or spinal cord isn’t signalling correctly to the bladder, this miscommunication can cause urine dribbling;
- Damage to the pudendal nerve. This is a problem of the lower back in dogs – often in older dogs with arthritis, degenerative joint disease or trauma to the lower back. If the pudendal nerve, which works the neck of your pet’s bladder, is impinged, the bladder neck can remain slightly open, allowing urine leakage;
- Disease of the bladder, kidneys or adrenals, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism and diabetes can all cause dribbling of urine;
- Bladder stones. A dog with a bladder stone will often strain while trying to urinate. He’ll appear to successfully empty his bladder, but when he’s back inside he’ll continue to leak urine. If you’ve noticed this behaviour with your pet, you need to consider the possibility of bladder stones;
- Birth defects. Birth defects – structural abnormalities existing from birth – can cause incontinence. If your puppy has been difficult or impossible to house train, there could be a birth defect present. An example: the ureter – a tube that collects urine from the kidneys and passes it into the bladder – can bypass the bladder entirely and go directly to the urethra. This plumbing problem, known as an ectopic ureter, will cause urine, as it’s produced, to dribble right out of your pet’s body. Some dog breeds have more of these types of from-birth plumbing problems than others. Siberian Huskies, Miniature Poodles, Labradors, Collies, Westies, Wirehaired Fox Terriers and Corgis are more commonly diagnosed with ectopic ureters than other breeds. So if your puppy is leaking urine, you should investigate the possibility of a birth defect;
- Urethral obstruction. Obstruction of the urethra can also cause involuntary passage of urine. A tumour, for example, can obstruct urine flow and cause dribbling. So can urethral stones. A stone in your pet’s urethra is a medical emergency. You may notice along with urine leakage that your pet is in pain, seems stressed, and might even act panicked. This can be because she needs to empty her bladder and she can’t. The bladder is filling up with urine and there’s no way for her to relieve the mounting pressure. You should seek veterinary care immediately if your pet seems to have pain along with incontinence, and especially if she’s not able to pass any urine at all.
- Age-related urinary incontinence. Older pets can develop weak pelvic floors or poor bladder tone which can result in urine dribbling. If your dog has signs of canine senility or dementia, he can also simply forget to signal you when he needs to potty outside. His bladder can overfill, and there can be leakage.
- Feline leukemia. For reasons not well understood, some kitties positive for feline leukemia have urine leakage. If your cat starts dribbling urine, it is more than likely a medical issue requiring veterinary care.
As with most conditions, the most healthful natural diet will improve the pet’s overall health.
Principal Natural Solutions
- Rehmannia Six or Eight formulas, soy protein / iso-flavones
Supporting Natural Solutions
- Natural diet, Gingko biloba, mullein, shiitake mushrooms, glandular therapy
Incontinence Herbal Support Blend
Start by switching your fur kid to natural raw cuisine. Once your fur kids transitioned to raw, typically between 4 and 6 weeks, introduce our Incontinence Herbal Support Blend into the diet.
These can be used in conjunction with conventional therapies. The natural treatments are widely used with variable success but have not been thoroughly investigated and proven at this time.
Additional Articles and Videos
Good reference articles & videos further reading available at:
- Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, by Dr. Shawn Messonnier (Amazon);
- Urinary and Faecal Incontinence in Pets (Mercola);
- Urine Dribbling: Never EVER Punish Your Pet for This ‘Accident’ (Mercola);
Dr. Karen Becker Discusses Incontinence in Pets
References and Research
- 1.Dowling PM. Urinary Incontinence. MSD. 2000. https://www.msdvetmanual.com/pharmacology/systemic-pharmacotherapeutics-of-the-urinary-system/urinary-incontinence?query=urinary%20incontinence.