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There are quite a few possible causes of urinary incontinence in dogs, such as hormone deficiency, bladder stones and other kidney and bladder problems, old age, birth defects, and more.
It is extremely important that we get a proper diagnosis from our veterinarian to find out the root cause of the incontinence.
The reason is, different causes may require different treatment approach. For example, if a dog's incontinence is caused by a birth defect, surgery may be required to fix the problem. No amount of herbs or supplements can stop the leakage until the defect is surgically repaired.
(Visit this page for more detailed information on the many causes of dog incontinence.)
Quite a few dogs (female dogs in particular but some males as well) suffer from urinary incontinence after spaying. This is the result of low estrogen levels. This type of incontinence is commonly known as "spay incontinence".
There are many ways to treat spay incontinence. And since all dogs are different, you need to experiment to see which treatment options are the best and most effective for YOUR dog (working together with a holistic vet).
It is of course preferable to use natural remedies for spay incontinence, but the truth is, sometimes only home remedies cannot do the job. Conventional treatment in such cases is necessary, so do not rule out the use of drugs.
In fact, many dog parents find using drugs AND natural remedies together works best for their dogs.
Let's take a look at some common spay incontinence treatment options.
Conventional treatment of spay incontinence is using a synthetic estrogen medication called Diethylstilbestrol (DES). DES is considered to be relatively safe in low doses.
Sometimes, an additional drug called Proin® (phenylpropanolamine) is used to treat more serious cases of dog incontinence brought on by a weakening of the urethral sphincter.
Proin® unfortunately may cause side effects, such as loss of appetite, restlessness, increased irritability, aggression, increased heart rate, and/or hypertension.
Some dogs may also develop adversed allergic reactions (e.g. hives, swollen lips and tongue, difficulty breathing) to the drug.
In view of the above, you may prefer to use a natural herbal form of estrogen supplement (or a combination of herbal remedy and DES), and only use Proin® as a last resort.
This herbal remedy contains:
As you can see, all the herbs work synergistically to balance the estrogen levels, tighten and strengthen the tissues of the urinary tract, soothe the urinary tract linings, and prevent bladder infections and stone formation.
Homeopathic remedies also work well for dogs with urinary incontinence, especially those who have the problem after spaying.
Common homeopathic remedies for remedies for incontinence include Cantharis, Causticum, Pulsatilla, Bryonia.
Here is a homeopathic remedy product that works well for many pets:
Some natural supplements can also be given to help dogs with incontinence:
Alternatively, get a supplement like this one: Organic Flaxseed Lignans.
Consider getting some cranberry powder (in capsules) and mix 1/4 of a teaspoon of the powder with your dog's food.
If your dog's urinary incontinence is caused by excitement, physical exertion, UTIs (urinary tract infections), or aging, try this natural product.
This formula is a unique combination of herbal extracts and homeopathic ingredients and is effective for relief of frequent urination that is caused by the reasons listed above.