Last Modified on Mar 11, 2016
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.
Remedies for Urinary Incontinence
The Popularity of Urinary Incontinence Remedies - Full List
|Apple Cider Vinegar||7||2015-02-24|
|Incontinence Remedies for Dogs||0||2013-09-11|
|Leaking After Rabies Shot||0||2009-03-30|
Hi all, I need help here. My female miniature Schnauzer who has a history of bladder stones before has been leaking urine in her sleep recently. She's neutered by the way.
There was even a drip or two today while she was awake and standing right in front of me. She's 13 years old now and I really wish to find out is there any good and easy natural remedy for her before I decide to send her to a vet (which I don't really prefer).
Is apple cider vinegar able to help? If yes, how much should I give her and how often? And do I mix into any food or drink?
Thank you all in advance. Michelle
Replied by Mich
Replied by Kathy
Replied by Kathy
Replied by Phyllis
Replied by Phyllis
Replied by Kim
Posted by Lmwilliam (Houston, Tx) on 01/10/2015
I've been giving my 6.5 year old, 90-lb german shepherd 1/2 of 7.5 mg of Meloxicam for her arthritis/hip dysplasia pain once a day for the past two years now. (during the hot summer, she gets half that every other day) It is people medicine, but her vet prescribed it. So far, her blood tests have been perfect. Recently, she developed spay incontinence. I didn't want to give her more medicine, so I tried ACV last night for the first time. No leaks! I have diapers and Canine Bladder Control on order, which haven't even arrived yet.
Replied by Hwc
Posted by Dattaaj (Denver, Co) on 02/23/2014
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.
Replied by Lolas Mom
Port Angeles, Wa
Replied by Debbie
Replied by Lola's Mom
Port Angeles, Wa
Replied by Laurie
Posted by Casey (Belfast, Unighted Kingdom.) on 02/27/2013
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.
Replied by Brenda
Replied by Don
Replied by Wendy
Posted by Sarah (Alamosa, Co) on 09/30/2009
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.
Replied by Stooeeooeeoowoowoo
Replied by Mindy
St. Louis, Mo
Replied by Jamie
Replied by Tracey
Fredericksburg , Va
Replied by Norma
San Francisco, Ca
Posted by Gladys (Marathon, Florida) on 08/30/2008
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
Replied by beagle mom
Atlanta , GA
Replied by Susan
Replied by Jim
Mill Creek, Wa , Usa
Posted by Andrew (Earth Clinic) on 07/26/2007
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!!
Replied by Drew
Replied by Jilbert57
Brinnon, Wa, Usa
Replied by Helen
Replied by Jilbert57
Posted by Andrew (plfd, New Jersey) on 05/28/2007
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.
Replied by Mitch
Honolulu, Hi Usa
Replied by Andrew
Plainfield, N.j., U.s.a.
Replied by Kathy
Posted by Peedieluv (Upper Marlboro, Md) on 11/28/2012
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!
Replied by Naturegal
Posted by Lynn (Il) on 02/21/2016
We get our corn silk tea from Amazon. It works for the most part but boy, if you miss a dose, it is very unforgiving! We just put it in a tiny bit of water and after she's drank it we give her a full bowl of food.
Posted by Vi (Saskatoon, SK Canada) on 05/31/2009
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.
Replied by Judy
Replied by Earthclinic Reader
Reidsville, North Carolina - Usa
Replied by Pat
Replied by Pat
Replied by Daustin
Posted by Jc (Las Vegas, Nv) on 03/13/2013
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?
Replied by Jen
Replied by Jeannie
Posted by Kathylue (Houston, Texas, Usa) on 01/18/2012
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!
Replied by Paulette
Replied by Julie
Replied by Lmwilliam
Replied by Shirley
Replied by Lynn
Posted by Anonymous (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa) on 04/06/2010
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.