Incontinence in Dogs

Incontinence in Dogs

Incontinence is defined as involuntary urination, it is quite common with dogs (especially spayed females) and one in five dogs (20%) can be affected.


Low estrogen levels and other factors can lead to a weak bladder, resulting in anything from small urine drips to complete emptying of the bladder, usually while sleeping or resting.  Leaking can happen daily or just periodically.  Large breed dogs are more likely to be affected then your smaller breeds.

Incontinence can occur for many other reasons, including urinary tract infections, bladder stones, excessive water intake, older dogs, overweight dogs and dogs with neurological problems may also develop weak bladders.

Treatment for incontinence is usually simple and effective.  There are many different ways of treating incontinence and the choice may depend on the cause.

Phenylpropanolamine (or as we call them PPP pills) is a pill that helps tighten the sphincter muscle, this is the most commonly used treatment for incontinence in both male and female dogs. These pills can be given daily, usually two to three times a day, as its effect lasts only 8 to 12 hours.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or other health issues your pet may have, please call our office at 505-869-2627 and we will be glad to help you.