Understanding Hormonal Incontinence In Dogs

Do you have a female dog that is over 10 years old and
continuously goes to the bathroom inside your house? There could be a few
possibilities to why this happens (one being a urinary tract infection), but it
could be a case of hormonal incontinence.
In spayed female dogs, especially as they age, the lack of
estrogen can cause the urinary sphincter to become weak (http://goo.gl/km3Bt). Hence, your pet will leak
out urine in certain areas, whether it by in their beds or on your carpet.
The good thing is that it is an easy problem to solve.
Although medication works for most dogs, sometimes you need to take the next
step if it isn’t working. There are a few types of surgical therapies that can
be used.
Colposuspension is the most commonly performed procedure. In
this specific surgery, the vagina is tacked to the bottom of the belly wall
entrapping and compressing the urethra. 
Cystourethropexy is a modification of
colposuspension, but it can be performed on both males and females. The ductus
deferens are tacked down to compress the urethra, and fibers from the urethral
muscles can also be tacked down (http://goo.gl/RJMh9).
Lastly, urethral lengthening works when dogs have a short
urethra. This causes a full bladder to be displaced into the pelvis and makes
the urethra too short for either of the above surgical procedures.
If your dog is having similar issues and you want to have
this looked at, please contact us at the Bregman Vet Hospitals as soon as
possible so we can prevent any further problems.

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