- PART 1 – Why does incontinence happen?
- PART 2 – Truth about spay, neuter and incontinence.
- PART 3 – Holistic approach to incontinence treatment.
If you have a dog with urinary incontinence ( leaky bladder when your dog sleeping), you most likely know how frustrating this problem is. Also dogs are quite fastidious and get very embarrassed when they have an accident.
Neither is it fun to clean carpets and floors and who wants their house smelling like pee?
The common understanding of the main cause of urinary incontinence in dogs is low estrogen levels in spayed females. It is true that some female dogs respond to estrogen hormones; however, this theory falls short because male dogs suffer from this problem too.
Story of Caz
It was the year 2002 when I met Caz, a lovely Rhodesian Ridgeback female who lived with my friend Pat. Her previous owner gave her up after she accidentally fell off the back of a truck. She was dragged behind but fortunately recovered from this horrible accident.
Pat loved Caz. She brought her to me for treatment of urinary bladder incontinence that had not responded to the traditional treatment. For several months, we tried to take more non-traditional approaches and saw no change. It was a frustrating situation and we all were at our wits end.
However, I was stubbornly determined to solve the mystery and after a brief conversation, Pat allowed me to take Caz home for a few days of observation.
To our surprise, Caz showed no signs of incontinence for three days! I started to think that her incontinence was somehow connected to walks and exercise that she did with Pat. I decided to join them on their walk to see if I could get any clues.
As soon as we started walking, Caz was completely obsessed about chasing her ball. Pat, being the “good dog mom” threw Caz’s ball over and over because she wanted to make her happy. Thirty minutes later, her tongue was hanging out like a big pink yo-yo, panting and finally looking like she had had enough.
When we got back to the car and Caz hopped in “bingo” a big puddle of urine appeared on the blanket almost immediately.
Now we knew that Caz’s incontinence was related to her exercise, muscle strain and back injury. After a few weeks of gentler walks, no ball chasing, a specific homeopathic treatment and a few physiotherapy sessions, the problem was solved for good. The good news was that we didn’t use any carcioneginc estrogen hormones.
This was 2002. To date I have treated many dogs for incontinence and only two needed estrogens. Now I understand that this condition can be reliably treated with gentler and safer methods without a drug prescription.
All of this article’s credit goes to: Dr. Peter Dobias, feel free to brows for more info about his perspective here.