Urinary Incontinence Information
Urinary Incontinence is where the dog is unable to hold his or her urine.
There are several possible reasons as to why this happens. There could be problems with the bladder itself, the urethra, or diseases related to the spinal cord that helps control bladder function.
Medium to large breeds have a higher risk of getting incontinence. This condition affects both male and females, however sprayed females are more than 20% likely to get it. Incontinence increases, as the dog gets older.
Common breads that are affected are the Miniature Poodle, Siberian Huskies, Labrador Retriever, Collie, Welsh Corgi, Wire-haired Fox Terrier, West Highland, White Terrier.
These breeds have a high risk of having a birth defect. The most common birth defect that causes incontinence is ectopic ureter or ureters. These organs usually carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. When the birth defect occurs, these ureters can be connected elsewhere, which may cause dogs to drip urine.
When one ureter is connected else where to the urethra or penis/vagina while the other remains normal. The dog will drip urine along with being able to pee normally. However, if both ureters are abnormal, the dog will only be able to drip urine.
Most dogs that have an abnormal ureter or ureters will also have a bladder infection. This infection will be reoccurring until the problem is corrected, though giving the dog antibiotics can improve his condition somewhat.
Treatment can vary at times. Surgery to correct the ureters is usually the best treatment. The ureters can be surgically moved and placed in its correct spot. If all goes well, urine flow will resume, as it should.
Though despite the surgery, this sometimes will not cure anything because there are other genetic defects in play that are affecting the urinary system. Because of this, it can sometimes be hard to tell if the surgery will work or not.
If surgery doesn't work, the best Dog First Aid method is to help solve the dog's behavioral problems. He might even need to be trained in order to increase muscle strength.
Drugs are mostly prescribed in such cases because it is extremely hard to teach dogs how to do internal exercises.
There have been cases where there is a stone or a tumor blocking the urethra. Dogs will show signs of incontinence when this happens. If it completely blocks the urethra, the back of the bladder will increase in size and generate pressure. This pressure might be able to leak urine out.
When a complete clog in urine flow happens, dogs will only be able to live for 3-4 days unless emergency surgery is done.
Another reason why a dog will have Urinary Incontinence is due to a progressive disease that affects the central nervous system or a disease that makes dog's muscles very weak. Dogs with paralysis will also experience Urinary Incontinence.
Dogs with Urinary Incontinence should try to be in a stress-free environment. Punishing a dog for dripping or leaking will only make his problem worse.
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