Last Modified on Jul 22, 2014
Have you ever noticed that when you wake in the morning your pet's bed is damp and smells of urine? If so, it is possible that your pet is suffering from Urinary Incontinence. This problem causes your pet to have little accidents, which usually occur at night when they are lying down. The animal is not deliberately urinating but as a result of the condition, urine will dribble out without the pet being able to control it.
There are several medical reasons that could contribute to this condition such as urethral valves that are not working properly, urinary system defects, cancer or prostate problems in male pets. This condition can affect both males and females but overall the problem occurs much more commonly among older female pets.
Now this is not the same thing as when on occasion your dog gets excited to see someone or is nervous and as a result, piddles on the floor. This type of situation is purely a behavioral problem, not a medical one such as urinary incontinence is.
There are a few different types of homeopathic treatments that you can try if your pet has this type of problem, such as Causticum, Gelsemium and Turnera. The specific cause of the problem should be properly diagnosed to help determine the best course of treatment. Remember, this is a condition that your pet has no control over and he or she should not be punished for wetting the bed at night. Your pet likely is no more happy about it than you are.
There are a couple of things that you can do to help make the situation a little easier and more comfortable for your pet. If you have a dog that is affected by urinary incontinence, then take them out for the last evening pee immediately before you go to bed at night, and as soon as you wake up in the morning. Your cat would probably appreciate it if you were able to move the litter box near to where it sleeps so that he or she can relieve its bladder during the night. Change the pets bedding daily and in cases where the animal sleeps on a cushion or pillow as a bed, wrap it in heavy plastic and cover with bedding that you can easily clean. This will help to cut down on and eliminate smell and potential health risks.
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02/23/2014: Dattaaj from Denver, Co: "I have a 15 month old French Bulldog weighing 26 lbs. He got neutered in when he was 13 month old and I was worried about incontinence and the vet had assured me that it doesn't happen in male dogs. For the past month my dog has been dripping at night on the bed. He is fine during the day and it only happens at night when he is sleeping. I have started using male wraps which is helping a little but I want a remedy to help him with this situation in the long term.
I read about ACV in this website and want to know how much ACV should I give my dog. He doesn't drink water at all. Should I mix it with his food or what are some other ways I can give him ACV to try and see if it helps. Thank you very much for the help."Replies
02/24/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Dattaaj!
Fellow frenchie lover here!
I'd have to agree with your vet; incontience in male dogs is not so common - and with a frenchie I would be looking at spinal complications if this were my dog. Do you know where your frenchie's hemis are? When you knock a dog out with anesthesia, all the muscles and tendons relax and the skeleton is allow to...sag. When the dog wakes up fron being knocked out, all the bones may not make it back to the correct position; if this were my frenchie I would check into a chiropratic adjustment just to be on the safe side.
Drugs of choice to treat night incontinence are typically phenopropanolamine and or hormone replacement therapy, however many have had good results with OTC homeopathic preparations, ie "Leak no more" or "UTI-Free".
All that said, to dose with ACV first make sure you buy the good stuff! The good stuff has all the right stuff: raw, unpasturized, unfiltered, "With the mother" is the right ACV to buy. Start with 2 teaspoons mixed into wet food and if he tolerates it well then you could increase to 3 teaspoons am and pm mixed into wet food.
Please report back your results!"
[YEA] 02/27/2013: Casey from Belfast, Unighted Kingdom.: "A year ago when I found Earth Clinic I was suffering from really bad acid reflux and the antibiodics had not worked. I saw the apple cider vinegar and bicarbinate of soda remedy and decided to give it a try. One tablespoon of ACV and a Quarter of a teaspoon of soda, within days I was seeing an improvement. I have now been 11 months reflux free and I am still taking a tablespoon of ACV on its own 5 days a week as it appears to have an everending range of remedial qualities for the bodies system.
So when my 12 year old dog started having incontinence problems, [she was wetting herself when falling into a deep sleep, sometimes 3 or 4 times a day ]. I returned to earth clinic and behold apple cider vinegar was recommended so I started giving her a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in her nightly dinner in November 2012, within 5 or 6 days the wetting had stopped. I still put it in her nightly dinner, It is now 3 months later and she is her old [young ] self again. Many thanks to all who recommended ACV."
[YEA] 09/30/2009: Sarah from Alamosa, Co: "I have a 12 year old doberman who was nueterred at the age of 7 when I picked him up from a rescue. He developed a horrible incontinence several years later(would urinate like a water hose and have no idea he was doing it). I tried desperately to treat it with a vet for over a year to no avail. My husband was ready to put him down or make him live outside..yikes!! I found earthclinic and tried putting just a teaspoon of ACV in his water and the incontinence stopped immediately (less than an hour). I treated him for a couple of weeks and then backed off and now only treat him when I notice he is starting to drip or has blood in his urine. As far as an amount, animals are smart, if I get too much, he won't drink his water. It really depends on the size of the water dish, the larger the more you can put in. I just put as tiny amount as I can in his dish which holds about 5 cups of water. Usually one day of ACV and the incontinence stops. I also use a spoonful of pumpkin meat for stool issues. A teaspoon of 3% h2o2 in his water if he gets a bronchial cough and it clears up immediately as well. These rememdies work better than anything I have recieved from the vets, and I have rushed him to some of the best clinics in the state. I save the vets for larger issues, like polyps in the bladder."Replies
[NAY] 08/12/2011: Stooeeooeeoowoowoo from Derby, Uk replies: "I tried ACV on my 6 year old lab/whippet cross after reading about it here (mild relaxed/night-time incontinence manifested around four years after he had been neutered), it had little noticeable effect; but then every dog is different.
I have sourced some cornsilk capsules here in the UK, I'm going to try them on him."
11/20/2011: Mindy from St. Louis, Mo replies: "My 3 year old husky started to develop incontinence problems a few months back. At first, I thought it was a bladder infection, but her only symptom is a leaky bladder when she sleeps. Also, it is sporadic, and sometimes she can go a month or two without leaking. However, it has been getting worse lately. I decided to try the ACV treatment. She won't take it in yogurt, nor will she take it in water. The dog will eat everything, from cat poop to her own poop, but when it comes to this, she won't touch it--go figure. I have found that she will take it when I mix it with peanut butter. I use organic peanut butter with just a capful or 2 mixed in really well. I have only been doing this for 2 days, and I noticed that she didn't leak last night. However, since this can be sporadic for her, I will keep treating her and report back after awhile."
03/09/2012: Jamie from Pittsburgh, Pa replies: "I poured it into a slice of wheat bread and my picky puppy ate it up!"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 08/30/2008: Gladys from Marathon, Florida: "Hi, our 11 yr German Shepherds, is having this troubles for a while now. we found about acv and we are giving to Sasha for 4 days, but today she got troubles again. for how long we need to give her acv, before we can see some results? thanks gladys & jiri"Replies
05/27/2009: beagle mom from Atlanta , GA replies: "Can someone pls tell me what the correct dosage should be for a 35lbs beagle. i want to try this ACV and yogurt combo as my dog again has a UTI after a course of antibiotics and urine acidifier. Thanks!!!"
[YEA] 10/03/2011: Susan from Nashville, Tn replies: "Apple Cider Vinegar for Incontinence: I have had great succes with a senior incontinent dog. I give her about 1 table spoon of ACV in her kibble. The kibble has been wetted with about 1 cup of water or so; let it sit until the food is soft on the outside and still crunchy on the inside plus a little chicken, then I mix it up. The leaking stopped immediately. It can come back, though, but I just give her more ACV.
The ACV should always be diluted. My dogs won't drink water that has ACV in it, so I sneak it in their food. I also have a dog with occasional upper respiratory infection, coughing, and congested. I do the same for him. ACV cuts the phlem. I've even tried it when I have a cold. ACV in hot tea relieves my stuffy nose instantly."
11/20/2011: Jim from Mill Creek, Wa , Usa replies: "For the UTI give cinnamon- level teaspoon - mixed into yogurt. We give it to our dogs to prevent development of UTI. Take it yourself for that matter, good with people too."
[YEA] 07/26/2007: Andrew from Earth Clinic: "An update from my note of 2 months ago regarding Apple cider Vinegar and Pet Urinary tract infection- It is still working after 60 days, my Akita is not "leaking" and no more antibiotics! Please try this on your animal, adjust for body weight- results are wonderfully dramatic! Earthclinic is the finest most altruistic site on the internet!! Keep going!!"Replies
02/23/2012: Drew from Collingwood, Ontario replies: "Hey... I have a female akita that is almost 2 years old now.. She has been leaking more and more.. Vets say that it's an infection, but she has gone through 3 trials of antibiotics now and they say it's gone but she's still leaking.. I have read online about females that are spayed having problems with leaking and they just need female hormones to help strengthen her sphincter muscles.... Not sure if the hormones are bad or what but the vet doesn't seem to go with this.... We have been trying apple cider vinegar now for 2 weeks and she is still leaking daily anytime she lies down.... I feel bad because you can tell she is embarrassed when it happens... can anyone help me?? any advice..thanks"
03/03/2012: Jilbert57 from Brinnon, Wa, Usa replies: "Hi Drew, I have a 5 year old aussie/heeler female who is spayed. She had a big problem with leaking while sleeping, laying down, getting up, or when people would come over. I got a product online which is a supplement that contains ingredients to strengthen the bladder. Bladder strength is the name. It has worked wonders for her and she leaks no more. Big improvement."
06/20/2012: Helen from Columbia, Missouri replies: "Can you give more specifics where you get the bladder strength form?"
08/02/2013: Jilbert57 from Brinnon, Wa replies: "For Helen: I get the bladder strength off of Amazon.com."
[YEA] 05/28/2007: Andrew from plfd, New Jersey: "re: Dog w/recurring urinary tract infection... Dear Pet Lovers, My 6 year old rescued akita/Malmute has a recurring, (every few months) UTI- which I treat w/cephalexin, for a month or so and its gone. Now on my 5th treatment, with the drug, wonder if Apple cider vinegar, is safe long term, the dosage, (He's is 90-95lbs) and if anyone has had real success? I take it personally, (thanks Ted!) for reflux, and will take it till I die! Thanks and Luck to all in drugless health! Andrew (&Bear) in N.J."Replies
09/24/2009: Mitch from Honolulu, Hi Usa replies: "Hi Andrew. I too have a female akita/malamute (about 4 years old same weight as yours), who has a severe "leaking" problem. Can you give me the exact doses that you have treating your dog with? Thanks.
[YEA] 08/27/2010: Andrew from Plainfield, N.j., U.s.a. replies: "Hi Mitch-
Sorry so late but just tonite saw your question. If your dog still needs it, I would give my Akita mix, at around 100Lbs, 1 capfull of organic ACV in his large bowl of water, in the a.m. And that cured the "leak" in just a day or so. I have continued every day since my original post- good luck- Andrew"
[YEA] 11/28/2012: Peedieluv from Upper Marlboro, Md: "I have a dog from the mastiff family, he's 10 yrs old and suffers from incontinence. I have thrown away so many beds, which were orthopedic, very expensive, I tried going to a fabric store and buying plastic that we cover furniture with, I put it over his bed and put a blanket or sheet over it tying it under his bed so he can't remove it. If it urinates, I just wash his bedding, it works wonders!"Replies
10/30/2013: Naturegal from Minneapolis, Mn replies: "I purchased several washable mattress underpads online (made for people - they're white and soft on top and blue on the underside). I always leave one on top of all of the dog beds. They will hold a lot of urine - my husky has full loss at night and as long as he is on the pad it stays contained (though doubling them up or laying plastic underneath isn't a bad idea if your dog is large). Disposable underpads are also nice to have on hand for times when you can't keep up with the laundry (though these can leak, so always have something underneath)!"
[YEA] 05/31/2009: Vi from Saskatoon, SK Canada: "Female dog urinary incontinence:
Hello, I just wanted to share our success with corn silk for our young mastiff cross. She's a rescue and shortly after we got her we noticed she was constantly "leaking" - and her bed would be soaked after she slept on it. I went online and found that corn silk was recommended for urinary incontinence. She's about 70 lb and we give her about 2 generous tsp per day of dried corn silk. It's amazing - it kicks in just about immediately and if we run out the effects are also immediate! And so economical compared to vet prescriptions - maybe $2 for 1.5 cups."Replies
07/02/2011: Judy from Sacramento, CA replies: "Would you tell me please where you can buy dried corn silk?
Thank you! "
12/09/2011: Earthclinic Reader from Reidsville, North Carolina - Usa replies: "My female Doberman is also having this problem which I am trying natural things to resolve. I did get bulk Corn Silk by the pound at a place in San Fransico Tea company. Very reasonably priced but have not found any results as of yet. I will up the dose on her food. Google San Fransico Tea company and you will find it."
[YEA] 02/21/2012: Pat from Anderson, In replies: "Corn silk works! My 11 year-old, 15 pound poodle hasn't had an accident in 5 months. She used to "leak" every day. Use as little as possible. Since it's a diuretic, it can cause loss of potassium. Just a tiny sprinkle mixed in yoghurt does the trick!"
02/21/2012: Pat from Anderson, In replies: "By the way, I did have my dog's urine checked first to rule out urinary tract infection and kidney stones before I began giving her corn silk."
09/12/2012: Daustin from Austin, Tx replies: "Corn silk and NaturVet Bladder Support together is the one thing that has kept our dog from leaking. Proin caused her to have a rapid heartbeat and only partially worked. We've tried a bunch of other things too, almost everything out there. Corn silk and NaturVet seems to be the most natural. She's a 44 pound lab mix. We give her a lot but, she's been fine. 2 corn silk capsules and 2 Bladder Support pills in the AM and 3 of each (6 total) in the evening. I also give her a human supplement of natural magnesium, multi-B vitamin, and a kelp supplement (for her thyroid). Also, calcium ascorbate powder (buffered vitamin C) in her food sometimes. So I wanted to reciprocate. This site has helped me with so many remedies."
03/13/2013: Jc from Las Vegas, Nv: "So I have an 8 year old yorkie, (7lbs. ). She is a bit overweight, should be about 5 lbs. My daughter works at a pet shop and brought home some NaturVet Slim-N-Fit... I gave one tablet to my yorkie a couple of nights ago.. And that night she scared herself awake, as she wet her bed.... I didn't think anything of it, only that she had an accident... 2 nights later, I gave her another tablet, and she scared herself awake again, by wetting her bed while asleep. I'm wondering if this NaturVet product which contains white bean extract, Green Coffee bean extract and Green tea extract might be the problem... Are they natural diuretics?? She has never wet her bed before... So I'm going to stop giving her the product to see what happens. If the wetting continues... I'd like to try the ACV, but how much would be appropriate for a 7 lb. yorkie ? 1/2 or 1/4 tsp. ??? Also I've read some comments on here about H202.... What is that?"Replies
03/13/2013: Jen from Danbury, Ct replies: "Hi JC, I would hazard a strong guess that this product caused your pet's incontinence! The ingredients contain caffeine, which is a diuretic, but may also be causing severe side effects like overworking her adrenals and causing fright. I suspect your problem will be solved once she has been off the product for a few days. Not everything sold in the pet store is healthy for pets! But if the incontinence continues and since your dog is small, try a very small amount (1/8 teaspoon or less) of apple cider vinegar in her food mixed with water. Too much vinegar will cause her to lick her rump and some gastrointestinal discomfort."
01/18/2012: Kathylue from Houston, Texas, Usa: "My Lab/chow, Boo is old and leaks urine as he sleeps. I have tried almost everything. Took him to the vet who charged me $500.00 plus medicine: Proin, antibiotics, Tape worm, Rejuvinate. He will not keep on a diaper, or a wrap diaper. I fix a nice fluffy bed, waterproof; He lays on the floor. Boo still eats, limps around follows me I give him IbuProfin for people because canine pill is $70.00, People Profin is $2.00. Would Motrin be better? He seems happy and affectionate. I bathe him take him out, help him down the stairs and he gets back up pretty fast. I know he must be miserable laying in a puddle of urine. The strong ammonia stench is so bad. Ahhhhhhhh! I love him and do not mind bathing, wiping him, pouring warm water over his peed coat mopping. Sometimes it is hard. I am going to try ACV! If it stops leaking, YaY!"Replies
02/11/2012: Paulette from Springfield, Illinois replies: "To kathylue ---if your dog has pain from arthritis, find a vet that does acupuncture and chiropractic. I've had amazing results with my 15 yr old shepherd mix who had a herniated disc 2 years ago."
[WARNING!] 08/23/2012: Julie from Princeton, NJ replies: "Ibuprofen is toxic for dogs, please do not give your dog motrin, advil, tylenol or any people pain killers without checking with your vet."
09/11/2013: Chris from South Bend , In: "I have 2 huskies that are leaking puddles of urine when they lay down... I need to know what is the best thing to use for this situation.. I feel bad for my girls one is 5 and the is 7... Thanks, Chris"Replies
09/12/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Chris!
Ideally you should take your girls to the vet to rule out a UTI or other issue. Infections and kidney stones have been known to cause leaking while laying down.
That said if you are sure that what you are seeing is middle age doggie incontinence due to spaying, then both western and alternative approaches may help.
The most common drug vets prescribe is Phenylpropanolamine - aka PPA. This is a non-hormonal drug that works on the muscle tone of the urethal spincter; it is sometimes used in conjunction with estrogen therapy but is often prescribed alone.
Another approach would be to try a homeopathic preparation. Homeopathy tends to have few to zero side effects but it can be hit or miss; I find if its the right remedy it works *right away* but if its the wrong remedy it may take 2-3 weeks to confirm its not working. "'Only Natural Pet" brand makes an Incontinence Homeopathic Remedy that has been very effective for most. Failure for the remedy to work might involve a misdiagnosis of the presenting condition. So again, something to try only if you are sure of what you are seeing.
And - I was hoping to find sage advice and a cheap home remedy from Ted from Bangkok under the Human Ailments tab but no such luck! But humans have reported improvements/cures by supplementing with magnesium, Vitamin B12, and nutmeg - it might be fruitful to check out the human side to see if something resonates with you."
04/06/2010: Anonymous from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa: "Might it be that the vaccine or meds used to sedate the animal for spaying contain something that damages the kidneys? The kidneys then create an imbalance of electrolytes, which weakens the muscles or ovaries and causes leaks? Maybe the apple cidar vinegar corrects the imbalance, but only as long as its use is continued? Or is it possible that congestion in the liver (possibly from inferior pet food) negatively affects the kidneys? Is it possible that your animal was affected by food that was contaminated, such as during the food recall some time ago? Try feeding your pet a raw food diet. There are many suggestions online."Replies
09/27/2010: Dennis from Maple Ridge, B.C, Canada replies: "Your theory makes sense to me. Three vets recommended I have my GSD neutered even though he's almost 14. Now he has no control over his bladder and cant urinate on his own. Instead of helping him I made him worse. He just leaks when he's full, otherwise I have get him to urinate by squeezing his bladder but what works better for him is squeezing his left hamstring while tapping his right?! I'm going to try some of these remedies and hope for the best."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/30/2009: Madeline from Milmay, NJ: "Hi, i am just wondering if anyone had a problem with dog leaking urine after a rabies shot? Never had the problem before , she is an old dog but it is funny she has the problem right after shot. Had a problem with her going both ways in the house and never did she do it all her life, i can't figure it out . I was wondering if it could of given her a bladder infection. would love any help i can get.."Replies
04/01/2009: Kari from Denver, Colorado replies: "I have an Akita. We adopted her at 7 months had no problems with her. At 1 year we had rabies and anti-venom shots done at her check-up. Within 2 weeks she leaked . After tests, medications, and 3 years of animal diapers we decided to put ACV (2T x 2) in her food. Within 2 weeks time frame she continually got better and now has not had a problem in nearly 5 weeks. I still do occasionally give it to her as the benefits seem to be worth it.
Hope this helps."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/24/2009: Renate from Champlin, MN replies: "My 10 year old Kelpie recently got a rabies booster and is now leaking urine badly. I am glad to have come across these posts and finding a possible reason. Does anyone know why their dogs started after the rabies shot? What triggers this? Renate"
02/03/2010: Linda from Atlanta, Ga. replies: "Have you asked your vet? It may be caused by a lack of hormones, specifically estrogen, in dogs. Sometimes, OBGYN's prescribe estrogen suppositories for women with incontinence. Ask your vet."
10/27/2011: Terry from Mastic Beach, Ny replies: "If I were you, a dog your dog's age, I'd do titer test for the rabies vaccine before giving it... The test will determine the level of protection your dog still has since the last vaccine... You might be surprised to see it's not necessary to repeat it. Get a certificate from the vet to show these results. it is accepted by all in the state of NY, so check with your town ordinance.
good luck, Terry"
05/29/2012: David from London, England, Uk replies: "It hadnt occurred to me until I read these messages looking for ideas on why my spayed 3 yr old viszla has begun peeing while sleeping. She had a rabies booster at her annual vet visit a couple of weeks ago. Hope I can find apple cidre vinegar and corn silk."
08/08/2012: Tommy from Belfast, Uk replies: "David, I buy my ACV from an animal feed supplier. It comes in a gallon container, costs £9.00 and as far as I can see contains the mother also (the cotton woolly stuff that might lead you to think it was off)"
08/27/2012: Val from Omaha, Ne replies: "I have had the same problem with my Sheeba Inu. She is 5 and right after her rabies booster she started leaking urine when she would sit down. Now I notice her bedding is damp in the mornings. My vet says there is no connection and that she needs hormones, but she never had this issue before the vaccine. I am going to try the ACV. Thank you! "
[YEA] 08/18/2007: Carol from Toronto, Canada: "My dog has been on the hormone pill Stilbesterol for years to control her urinary leakage that apparently is common after spaying a female. After working with a naturopathic vet, she put her on Plantago Homicord, a homeopathic remedy which naturally stops the leakage without side effects. Just a few drops daily, then reducing the amount to a maintenance dose. For example my dog now only needs a few drops 1x a week."Replies
03/09/2008: Lynne from Gainesville, Georgia replies: "I just want to know about the article from Carol from Toronto, Canada who wrote about the homeopatic plantago homicord that cured her dog's incontinence. I cannot find the product anywhere I've looked and would really like to know where I can get it."
03/11/2008: Lisa from Carmel, NY replies: "Lynne had asked Carol where she got the Plantago Homicord. I just ordered some from zooscape.com. I am going to try it for my dog's incontinence and see how it goes. It certainly sounds promising."
10/16/2008: Norah from Ottawa, Ontario replies: "You can order from NutriChem Pharmacy in Ottawa. They ship worldside.
www.nutrichem.com or 613-820-4200"
12/07/2008: Carol from Toronto, ON replies: "The plantago homicord I use is from a company called Heel (heel.ca) ordered through my vet. Global Pets has something similar called LeaksNoMore but I have not tried that one personally. My vet's receptionist's dog stopped responding to the Plantago Homicord after many years of use and she tried the LeaksNoMore and said that worked wonders for her when the other one stopped being effective."
04/14/2012: Melinda In Mississippi from Tupelo, Ms replies: "Our 5 year old yorkie, Gigi, began having serious problems with incontinence after we had her spayed. She was on proin drops which helped (but did not cure) for a while. I changed her food (to EVO) which actually cured her for a couple of years. Now it is back with vengeance! We are in-and-out of the vet with her, and there are no underlying medical issues (urinary tract infection or crystals). She is again taking the proin drops, but it isn't helping. She has ruined our furniture, rugs, everywhere she lays. We put blankets down everywhere she typically lays and then we are washing, washing, washing blankets. We love her, but if we don't get some relief for her soon . Well, I don't know what we will do. I have been reading about raw apple cider vinegar and Plantago Homicord. Can I use both of these together or should I only try one at a time? How much of the Plantago Homicord should I use? She weighs about 7 lbs. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!"
01/19/2014: Marieta from Nova Scotia: "Hi I just stumbled across this site, I love it and thought you might be able to help me. I have a female Mastiff dog, she weighs 125 lbs. Sense birth she has had a problem holding her pee. When she was little she was hard to train but as she got older she was fine. Now she is 5 yrs old and having the same problem, she urinates while sleeping and in the relaxed state, witch is most ALWAYS lol. she has always had ear infections, ALWAYS, on and off drugs for it, on and off drugs for UTI's . This time the vet put her on a hormone replacement drug and by the looks of things, that is not working either, she has had an ultra-sound and everything is clear there. Before the hormone drugs she was on a high dose of anti-biotics for a UTI and for the 10 days she didn't pee in her bed once. I have tried a herbal drug that I bought, that didn't work, The poor girl, I feel so bad for her, she knows she is not suppose to pee on her bed and it breaks my heart that im trying everything I can think of and no results. I NEVER scold her because its not her fault. I have had 6 big dogs, 2 Mastiffs and 4 Bullmastiffs and never had this problem before, she is spayed sense 9 months of age. I have read allot of things on this subject and still no results, I'm at my wits end, for me and my dog Jessie. I would be sooooooo GRATEFUL FOR YOUR HELP.
Thank a million you for your consideration
01/19/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Marieta!
I dealt with my first canine UTI last year, when I got an American Bulldog; it appeared my 9 week old puppy came with this infection - I was dumbfounded as the breeder did a fine job of rearing and socializing the litter. It turns out the breeder had raised her litter on a corn based diet - I found this can set some dogs up for a UTI, hence the painful UTI in my brand new puppy. So first check on your diet and make sure you are not feeding your girl ingredients that are contributing to her problem. [You will also find a correlation between yeasty ears/ear infections and corn based diets].
Now, given the many times your girl has had to be on antibiotics for UIT's and ear infections, she may now have the beneficial bacteria in her gut all out of wack allowing yeast to over grow and compound her problems; consider giving her probiotics - beneficial bacteria - to re-establish the proper bacteria in her gut. Getting the proper bacteria flourishing in her gut will also cut down on yeasty ears and allergies too.
Because your girl is a giant breed and spayed young... and I know, its what the vets recommend that we do... this may have contributed to her leaking during sleep. This leaking of urine is commonly associated with hormone loss in spayed b! Tches so consider asking your vet about hormone replacement pills; for some this is all that is needed to stop the leaking.
Read up on spay related incontinence and the two hormones commonly prescribed to treat it here:
01/19/2014: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Marieta,
just trying to brainstorm re water works. One homeopathic remedy for incontinence is CAUSTICUM 30C.
Another idea is to give a small amount of celtic salt in the food to keep the dog rehydrated. Look online for other homeopathic remedies that answer the problem. More drugs that do not work will mess up the system further.
Infections can be treated at home with olive or sesame oil mixed with vit E oil and a mascerated clove of garlic, warm. That is the standard treatment for children as well. Ear infections are also often caused by parasites. As this is an indication of an underlying weakness, beware of antibiotics that encourage fungal invasion and vaccinations that can make the turn for much worse. In fact, as your dog has been on antibiotics, the entire problem, including ear infections can be due to candida. See EC on this. Regards, Om"
01/25/2014: Debbie from Bonita Springs, Fl replies: "Try adding a little apple cider vinegar in her water . That should help with the uti problem. Has she been tested for diabetes? My dog started drinking an excessive amount of water and was peeing all over the place. Turned out she was diabetic. The Apple Cider Vinegar helps tremendously with that. Good luck. I hope she gets better soon."
05/20/2014: Luann from Arizona replies: "After reading all of the comments, and finding this a good source of help, I would just like to add a couple comments.
Never give your dogs ibuprofen, Tylenol, Alleve, whatever. The only human, over the counter pain reliever that can be given- under vet supervision please, is aspirin. Never give human prescription medications unless prescribed specifically for your dog by your veterinarian.
.Also, contrary to belief, garlic should not be given to pets either."
05/21/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Addressing the garlic comment:
The wide use of garlic in commercial dog foods and the sale of garlic tablets for dogs would make garlic appear to be safe for dogs. However, garlic and dogs do not always mix. Garlic has many healing properties, but it also contains a chemical compound called thiosulphate. This compound can be toxic in extremely high levels, causing hemolytic anemia in dogs. This is a serious, life threatening condition for your dog. So, yes garlic can be toxic to dogs.
But, this too is a matter of dosage. The garlic found in dog treats, dog food, and garlic tablets designed for dogs is not likely to cause this toxic reaction. They would have to eat something like 50 cloves (not bulbs, cloves) for a medium sized dog to get enough to cause a toxic reaction. A clove is one of the little sections. You would know it if your dog ate enough to cause a toxic reaction, you would be missing a lot of garlic! That would equally approximately 10-20 bulbs, depending on the variety.
07/22/2014: Sue Tay from Oregon, US replies: "Garlic also cured my dog of worms in 1 dose (plus I had given ground pumpkin seeds a day or two earlier) but you have to mince the garlic, then let it sit for 15 mins. I forget what compound activates or de-activates by letting it sit, but it did work. I only gave a medium size clove. Saw no more worms after that, though the recommendation was to give it several days in a row.
For incontinence issues, I plan to try the ACV today. If it doesn't resolve I'll go to homeopathic remedies. I was told she had spay incontinence but someone else said she was too young for that. I don't want her on the meds, they make her agitated. Tried corn silk but it didn't work. Wondering if corn or possibly chicken is an issue for her. (She's a 2 yr old Rottie-Dobie cross) If she only eats Iams lamb and rice food she has no issues, but if she gets into food for the feral cats outside my door or eats other seemingly random things she wets the bed. I switched off of a supposedly "better" food because both dogs stopped liking it when the formula changed, and she had no accidents for a long time. Lately has had some again. She did have shots a few months ago but it didn't happen immediately after that."