Incontinence in our dogs can be frustrating! Frequent trips to the door or yet another walk after they just went 30 minutes ago. Even worse, when your sock finds the wet spot and eventually having to replace yet another rug or carpet. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help reduce the severity of your dog’s incontinence and strengthen their bladder for better control and healthy function. But first, you need to identify what’s causing the problem.
It may be surprising to hear, but 90% of dogs that are diagnosed with less extreme cases of incontinence will respond to certain treatments and medications. More often than not, simple things like Urinary Tract Infections, Bladder Infections, Diabetes, and Kidney disease can easily be cared for and help reduce incontinence. Spinal injuries and disc degeneration might require more aggressive treatments and medications. Vertebral injuries and aging often put pressure on the nerves that control the bladder and sphincter, when these nerves are damaged, your dog may not even be able to feel the sensation of pooping or peeing as it’s happening.
Although you’ll need anti-inflammatory medication for spinal irritation, things like UTI’s and kidney infections aren’t all that difficult to take care of. Similar to humans, dogs can get relief from urinary incontinence with cranberry based treatments.
When a bladder infection appears in the body, the cause is usually due to the bacteria E. Coli. Cranberry contains a compound called A-type proanthocyanidins, which prevents E Coli from sticking to the urinary tract. Not only is it able to reduce the symptoms of a UTI, it also works to help prevent them in the future.
Find a supplement that doesn’t feel like medicine to your dog and has healthy, natural ingredients that work to support the immune system and urinary tract system of your pet in order to prevent and treat reocurring infections.
There are a couple of good ones out there but one of the most popular is the Cranberry + UTI & Bladder Control Chews from Strawfield Pets. It contains 400 mg of Cranberry extract to prevent kidney, bladder and urinary tract infections while creating a healthy PH. Organic Marshmallow Root & Astragalus to cleanse the urinary tract and kidneys in order to improve function. D Mannose & Nettle Seed to detoxify the kidneys. Organic Echinacea to boost your dog’s immune system along with Organic Licorice Root as an anti-inflammatory.
This powerful combination not only treats the symptoms but also strengthens your pets system to prevent future issues.
If using supplements to treat from the inside isn’t enough to stop reoccurring infections, you may want to consider using some antibacterial wipes on the outside of the genitals so you covered all possible sources of the infection.
If your dog has experienced incontinence due to bladder infections in the past, it’s important to take preventive measures to keep it from coming back. If you’ve already tried a cranberry supplement and it seems to be working, it’s a good idea to continue giving it to them, especially if they’re older. Your pet might need to go to the restroom more often, do your best to get them outside as soon as they let you know they need to go.
Holding urine for too long is another very common reason for bladder infections. Your dog may have accidents occasionally and this is totally normal; however, you’ll have to make more of an effort than usual to clean bedding and bathe your pet. Since urine is highly acidic, it does have the potential to cause hot spots, redness, and irritation against the skin.