Urinary incontinence is a real problem. Whether it is medical or behavioural, you should take it seriously. Nevertheless, this condition is often misdiagnosed. If your pet’s advanced age has led to incontinence, it may be a behaviour issue or an infection. As a result, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian to learn more.
Urinary incontinence is characterized by involuntary urine leakage that occurs most often while your pet is asleep. When they are relaxed and dreaming happy kitty or doggie dreams, the muscles of the urinary tract (sphincters), may relax and let the liquid flow forth.
Many owners consider urinary incontinence an irreversible symptom of their pet’s advanced age. This generalization can be inaccurate and delay medical attention. Indeed, incontinence is often confused with other urinary problems that do require treatment.
Consequently, it’s important to distinguish medical incontinence from behavioural urinary problems, which may be due to factors such as inadequate training, marking of territory for certain cats who are anxious or not neutered, or it could be that your dog has forgotten its habits due to cognitive decline associated with senility.
Reasons for urinary incontinence
There are several major causes of incontinence. Through urine analysis and blood tests, some can be detected and others can be ruled out. For example, cystitis or a bacterial bladder infection causes incontinence in elderly cats and female dogs of any age. A simple antibiotic treatment can effectively improve the situation.
Excessive water drinking can also result in bladder leakage. Diabetes, kidney failure, Cushing’s disease and bladder infections can all cause an increase in water consumption. As a result, you should have your pet properly examined, so that we can diagnose or rule out these illnesses.
Finally, real incontinence is characterized by a weakening of the bladder sphincters. In addition, aging, obesity, and reduced sensitivity of neurological receptors in the sphincters are all potential causes. Ultimately, if your pet suffers from a weakening of the sphincter muscles, we can administer a treatment to strengthen the muscles.
Whatever the cause of your pet’s urinary incontinence, contact us today and we will help you keep your furry friend healthy for life.