Is your dog leaking urine when lying down and you don’t know what to do?
That can sure be a troubling situation to find yourself in.
Urinary incontinence in dogs is actually fairly common, though.
You read that right.
It’s common, however, among old, sick or recovering dogs.
And among them, too, it’s generally known to be more common among spayed females rather than males.
But hang on a moment.
It could well be that your dog leaking urine when lying down might be something else altogether…
There could be a variety of reasons behind a your puppy peeing a lot at night.
- A skewed potty-break schedule
- Insufficient housebreaking training
- Territorial marking
- Sickness or injury
And it’s also worth noting that puppies naturally pee more than adult dogs
What is Incontinence? Why Does Incontinence in Dogs Occur?
However before we tag your poor puppy with the condition, first let’s be clear on what exactly we mean by incontinence.
To put it simply…
A dog would be said to be suffering from urinary incontinence if he, or she, loses control of his or her bladder despite being known to be well housetrained.
Note the emphasis on training.
If your puppy hasn’t been housebroken properly, you can’t really place the blame for her accidents completely at her feet.
That’s not fair, is it?
Sure, peeing in her own bed, crate or other sleeping spot is another matter.
Dogs as a rule don’t s**t their beds, so to speak, if they can avoid it.
And if they are, it’s a problem.
Incontinence is usually caused by one or more factors which include:
- Weak bladder sphincter
- Hormonal imbalance
- Urinary tract infection, stones and other disorders
- Presence of other diseases mess with their water intake and renal function – like diabetes
- Birth defects
- Effect of other medications your dog might be taking
In any case, you shouldn’t sit around figuring out the diagnosis for yourself.
That’s what your vet is for!
What to Do When Your Dog is Leaking Urine When Lying Down
Now to get to the heart of it, here are the things you should do when your dog leaking urine when lying down…
1. Get Your Dog Checked for Urinary Infections!!
Consulting your vet should really be your first response to any abnormal behavior or symptoms you see in your puppy.
It’s the smart thing to do.
That goes for incontinence, too.
A professional diagnosis will help isolate the problem quickly so you can start any treatment or medication needed asap.
Also, your vet knows your puppy’s medical history and will be in the best position to determine if the condition is due to congenital (birth) defects or other hard to diagnose issues.
A urinalysis, blood work and other reports would also likely be needed to check the cause of the incontinence.
2. Help Out Through Strict Potty Breaks
As far as managing the situation goes, adjusting and strictly monitoring your puppy’s schedule – especially of potty breaks – is essential.
Timely, more frequent potty breaks are bound to have an effect.
Think about it, if the tank’s not allowed to fill out completely, the less chances of a leak.
You might also need to enforce middle-of-the-night potty breaks as long as your pup’s suffering the condition.
3. Use Pee Pads!!
This is exactly the sort of situation when having pee pads on hand can seem a godsend.
Anything to reduce the amount of cleaning up you need to do in this situation is welcome, yes?
Training pads – such as our own Bulldogology Premium Puppy Pads – help contain messes.
They’re highly absorbent, and their odor blocking properties also help enormously.
Besides, they also come in extra-large sizes if you have an older dog, or a larger breed suffering from the condition.
Don’t think about it. This isn’t something you’ll regret while your dog is leaking urine when lying down.
4. Pay Particular Attention to Dampness and Hygiene
If your puppy is wetting her bed frequently, you absolutely need to work hard to ensure basic hygiene in her surroundings.
Changing the damp rugs or cushions where she sleeps is important.
Better yet, use waterproof layers or pee pads in her sleeping spot to make things easier.
Having a damp, pee-soaked bed – while making your puppy more miserable – can also be an additional health hazard.
You don’t need that now.
5. DO NOT PUNISH YOUR PUPPY!!
And most crucial of all, DON’T RESORT TO PUNISHMENT!!
Remember that your puppy has no control over her bladder. That is what incontinence means.
Punishing her in the situation will only frighten and confuse her more, and will do absolutely no good.
Besides, punishing after the fact does nothing other than hurting your dog.
Your puppy won’t understand the reason.
We hope you’ve found these tips useful in dealing with your puppy’s incontinence.
If you have any other tips and suggestions of your own, do let us know in the comments section below!
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