Has your house-trained dog been having accidents around the house, dribbling at random times, or urinating in their sleep? If so, you may be looking at a case of urinary incontinence. Incontinence is often a normal part of aging, but it can also be caused by a hormone deficiency, nerve damage, a birth defect, a bacterial bladder infection, or a more serious disease. If your dog’s bathroom habits have been abnormal and don’t seem to be related to any behavioral issues (such as marking, excitement, or inadequate house training), it’s a good idea to visit the vet and rule out any medical problems.
The good news is that most cases of urinary incontinence are treatable. Depending on the cause of your dog’s condition, treatment may include hormone therapy, surgery to correct a birth defect, or medication. Pet diapers may also be useful to manage accidents before treatment takes effect or if a dog’s incontinence cannot be reversed.
Bladder Control Pet Meds for Dogs
Depending on the cause of your dog’s incontinence (or if the cause cannot be determined), your veterinarian may prescribe medications that treat infection, restore hormone levels, or tighten the sphincter muscles (common in cases where the cause is not known). Commonly prescribed medications include:
- Proin (Phenylpropanolamine, Propaline, Cystolamine)
Proin is a supplemental adrenergic agent that tightens and strengthens the bladder sphincter muscles by mimicking the hormones adrenaline and epinephrine, which enable the constriction of blood vessels. Proin is available in a liver-flavored chewable tablet.
Incurin is used to treat hormone-responsive urinary incontinence in spayed female dogs. The active ingredient, estriol, is a naturally occurring estrogen that works to restore estrogen levels that support urethral strength and bladder control. It is available in pill form.
- Clavamox (Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium, Synulox, Clavaseptin)
Clavamox is one of the antibiotics commonly prescribed to treat bacterial bladder infections in dogs, including those caused by E. coli. Clavamox is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is a combination of two types of antibiotics: Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium. It is highly effective in treating persistent infections, as bacteria cannot build a resistance to it. It’s available in tablet form.
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