Lack of Bladder Control in Dogs

Urinary incontinence is the inability of a dog to hold urine. It is loss of voluntary control over the act of voiding. Urine is prevented from leaking out of the bladder in normal dogs by a band of muscular tissue at the base of the bladder that acts as a valve that the dog consciously controls. Urinary incontinence is a medical condition that can be caused by several different reasons. Incontinence is mostly seen in middle to older-age dogs, and larger breed dogs.

This medical condition must to be differentiated from a housetraining problem and/or submissive urination, especially in young dogs.

Common symptoms associated with urinary incontinence include 

Urine leakage (involuntary peeing)

Wet hair on the lower abdominal area, or between the rear legs

Wet spots or puddles in the bedding or sleeping area

Urinary tract infections

Inflammation of the skin around the genitals

Moist tissue areas around the penis or vulva

Dripping urine

Excessive licking or vulva or penis area


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