Urinary Incontinence: Home Cures for Bladder Disorders

| Modified on Mar 24, 2024

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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Posted by Anda (Cyprus) on 09/20/2016

I live on the small island of Cyprus.

For over a year now, my female 13-year-old, sterilized, poodle cross, rescued dog had urinary incontinence. My vet said it was because of old age. I always try my best to avoid giving my pets any kind of drugs, so I gathered up all the patience within me and I would clean the urine from my dog's fur (when she was lying on her side, urine went all over her) and wash her bedding every day, for months. I could see that she was feeling very uncomfortable and avoiding to go to bed. Instead she would prefer lying on the floor. I think that she knew that cleaning the floor was easier for me… lol

A few months ago, urinating on herself nearly stopped, but a month or so later, it started again. This seemed very strange to me, since the diagnose was “old age urinary incontinence”. Why would it stop and start again after a few weeks? I decided to look it up and started searching the web for answers. THANK you so much for all the advice in your page. I thought to try acv, so as to eliminate the possibility of a urinary infection. I mixed some bio ACV into live Greek (sheep) yoghurt and gave it to her for about ten days. And it is already one whole month since she last urinated on herself. Please, note that from day 2, her psychology changed, she looked so very happy, that I understood that this is it: it is a urinary infection and we found the cure.


Rgds, Anda

Replied by Jan
(South Wales, Uk)

I want to know how you can get a dog to take ACV or even yoghurt? I have my work cut out just to get anything remotely alien into my 13 yr old Lhasa Apso, who has recently and suddenly become incontinent. The vet has prescribed Propalin but she hates the taste so much even though I have tried to disguise . I would much rather try something natural and have great faith myself, in acv.

Thank you, Jan

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)

Mix a teaspoon of organic Apple Cider Vinegar ("ACV") into her food each time you feed her. Use the brand "with the mother" which is the nutrient-rich sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Just shake the bottle before using.

Replied by Racquel
(Bonifay, Fl)

I have a small poodle and she is acting strange. When I pick her up she pees on herself and has never done this before. I think she is having a bladder issue. How much Apple Cider Vinegar can I give her? She maybe weighs around 3/4 pounds.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Racquel,

This does not sound like a bladder issue - your girl would be piddling frequent small amounts in the case of a bladder infection. Please take your girl to the vet for a physical exam as she sounds like she may be in pain.

Replied by jamie

Thank you for your post, I think it only took two days for my border collie female to have a complete lift as well, it's almost like this underlying problem has always been there and now that it's finally being addressed almost overnight she's much shinier and obviously much more interactive and engaged...looking good, fingers crossed!

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Posted by Mich (Singapore) on 02/24/2015

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 Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Mich!

ACV certainly might help your girl. Some folks use 1 tablespoon ACV into 5 cups of water; others add it to wet food - 1-3 tablespoons with each meal.

I will add that if this were my girl I would also monitor her urine for blood/bring to the vet to be sure the stones have not returned.

Good luck!

Replied by Mich

Thank you for responding Theresa! Would definitely try the suggested dosage and monitor her.

Replied by Kathy
(Niagara Falls)

My dog and cat drink out of the same water bowl, and I want to add ACV for my labradoodle's incontenence. Do you think it would be fine for the cat?

Replied by Kathy
(Niagara Falls)

My dog and cat drink out of the same water bowl, and I want to add ACV for my labradoodle's incontenence. Do you think it would be fine for the cat?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Kathy!

ACV is fine for the cat, however there may be complications with long term use. It might help to have a small dish of water set up off the ground so the cat can access and the dog cannot.

Replied by Phyllis
(Tuscumbia, Alabama)

Hello Theresa,

I'm wondering what kind of complications with long term use of ACV you refer to?


ACV long term will cause enamel wear on teeth....heads up..they do have pill form

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Phyllis!

I wish I could like just the particular reply but I do not know how. Here is the post to which I refer:

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Posted by Angela (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 05/09/2010

[WARNING! ] Hello, I originally wrote back in May 2009 about my cat Spillo who has been suffering from cystitis for most of his life. I just wrote recently saying that he reached the one year mark and he was in total remission. Well he had a change last week and the information I found out from the vet in very important for those who want to use ACV long term. Last Wednesday Spillo started peeing what looked like pure blood. I took him to the cat hospital and the vet said his bladder felt small and very hard. He was there for a few days and basically what he ended up having was a severe bladder infection (on the first feel the vet thought it might be cancer). The vet said that ACV used (daily like we were giving to Spillo) will make the ph very alkaline. Alkaline is good when you are trying to prevent crystals, but when you go too alkaline it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.

Bottom line, if you are going to use Apple Cider Vinegar long term, maybe check with your vet about the quantity. We discussed the dosage with the vet and he thinks that 1cc 2 to 3 times a week is plenty sufficient. The one good thing about this visit is that the urinalysis showed that Spillo had no crystals or questionable blood cells in his bladder. ACV does work and is very good for cats with this problem. I will continue to give 1cc of raw Apple Cider Vinegar to Spillo twice a week.

Source - scroll down for the post: https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/cystitis5.html

Replied by Phyllis
(Tuscumbia, Alabama)

Hi Theresa,

Thanks. I don't know where my brain had gone when I asked, it's something I should have at th top of my head. I'm glad you reminded me and of course it's there in case anyone else needs to know. I have four Boston Terriers and I just put a cap full in their half gallon bowls, the flea control is just an added bonus for all the other benefits. My little boy and my youngest girl have seizures and I had to give in and put them on Phenobarbital so they have regular blood work and so far no problems after about six months on ACV. As you can imagine I monitor them well but after your reminder I'll be sure to keep a much closer check on everyone.

Replied by Kim

My dog has been urinary incontinent ever since he was neutered. At first my vet prescribed a medication to help control it, but after a while, it stopped working and I felt more comfortable giving him natural remedies instead. I've tried many different treatments, including a handful of bladder strength supplements and even apple cider vinegar. But nothing seems to work! He wears diapers now, but sometimes the diapers chafe his skin, so it's just a big headache for the both of us.

His leaking just seems to get worse too, and the vet has ruled out infections and says his bloodwork is normal, so no diseases that we know of. Is there any combination of natural remedies to help a severe case of incontinence?

Replied by Henna

Hi there

I looked for the above medication but our local health shops do not really stock products for animals.

My dog, 10 year old GhoGhetta, was heavily overweight. She recently shed a bit of weight (over the past approximately 2 months), but now, she's "sprung a leak". When she sits or lies down, urine leaks from her bladder. She was spayed as a 9 months old puppy and never had puppies of her own. Why is it only happening now?

How can I help her because I think it must be very irritating on her skin and also very unhygenic.


Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Henna,

It is very common for a female who was spayed very young to develop incontinence when they hit senior-hood. There are inexpensive medications that can help with bladder tone to stop the leaks. I am concerned about the weight loss - it could mean something else is happening. Senior-hood has it's share of maladies: diabetes and early onset renal failure come to mind. Please take Ghogetta to the vet and have these conditions ruled out as you check out medications to address the incontinence. In the mean time daily washing with simple soap such as Ivory and a wash cloth 4-5 times day/as needed will help with the skin - and if it gets dry you can rub in coconut oil to help keep the skin healthy. And please report back!!

Replied by B King

Did you ever try chiropractic? Sounds like an impinged nerve.

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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
(Cape Cod)

Hello, I have an 18 month old White German Shepherd male that dribbles urine only when sleeping. Generally its not all that much. I was wondering how much ACV should be given to a 75 pound dog and how it is administered. Thank you.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Hwc!

Some folks use 1 tablespoon ACV into 5 cups of water; others add it to wet food - 1-3 tablespoons with each meal.

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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 Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

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!

Replied by Lolas Mom
(Port Angeles, Wa)

What is the measurement of ACV to give a 64 pound boxer dog for urinary leakage.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Lola's Mom!

Some folks use 1 tablespoon ACV into 5 cups of water; others add it to wet food - 1-3 tablespoons with each meal.

Replied by Debbie

How old is Lola and what are her symptoms?

Replied by Lola's Mom
(Port Angeles, Wa)

Hi Debbie, sorry for not answering you until now! Been a crazy 2 months. Lola is going to be 13 on 9/1. She started to intake more water than usual, so we have to pick up the water about 2 hrs before bed. My husband gets up in the middle of the night, every night and takes her out to go potty. She doesn't always want allot of water, it comes and goes. I was concerned about Cushings, so we will be going in for some tests. Also, has a little arthritis in a hip and knee that has gotten a little worse. She gets an arsenal (and has been) of supplements, along with transfer factors and k-9 immunity (medicinal mushrooms). Her doctor can't get over how good she looks. She's happy, plays, eats good and we adore every hair on her body and we want her to live forever! I could keep going, so thank you for your interest in her problem. :)

Replied by Laurie
(Plymouth, NH)

I have a 1 1/2 Year old who leaks & has since she was fixed at 5 months she is on Diethylstilbestrol(estrogen) & I still see her leak on & off! Would like to try Apple Cider Vinegar? But don't know the right amount to give? She is a 120 pound English Mastiff.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Laurie,

You can give your girl 2-3 tablespoons of ACV in her food or per 8-10 oz water. It might also be a good idea to check in with your vet - it may simply be she needs her medication adjusted now that she has grown up.

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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
(Sc, US)

My female Doberman about 9 yrs.old leaks, I have been fighting this for a couple of years. When I told my vet. they did something wrong to her..and told them what she does, all they could say was are you blaming us! It's happened ever since she was spayed. I didn't realize it at first. I came across this site. She is about 80 pounds. How much should I give her, and would any type of apple cider vinegar do? Want to start right away!!!

Please help me help her... every where else I looked they want money first to help ...

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Brenda!

It sounds as if your dobie has urinary spay incontinence; this has occurred not because your vet screwed something up during the spay surgery, but rather because the spay surgery itself removed the organs that contributed hormones to keep the bladder muscles firm - so she now leaks when she sleeps. I am sure your vet explained to you about oral hormones you can give your dog to firm the muscles up; some do find adding ACV to the water helps in this regard.

You want only organic, raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, with the 'mother'/live cultures type apple cider vinegar - so be sure to read the label.

You can add 2-3 tablespoons to a quart of water, or over her food. If you do the water change it several times a day.

Good luck!

Replied by Don

How much ACV should I use for 12 pound Daschund?

Replied by Wendy

For your 12 pound dachshund, start by mixing 1/4 teaspoon in with his food, or in his water (some dogs won't drink the water with ACV in it, so adding it to the food works better). Add the ACV to his food each time you feed him for a couple of weeks or so. See if that helps.

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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
(Derby, Uk)

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.

Replied by Mindy
(St. Louis, Mo)

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.

Replied by Jamie
(Pittsburgh, Pa)

I poured it into a slice of wheat bread and my picky puppy ate it up!

Replied by Tracey
(Fredericksburg , Va)

How are you giving it to your dog? Dry food or wet food? Squirting it down her throat? Any help would be great!

Replied by Norma
(San Francisco, Ca)

Thanks much for the information. My old recently adopted dog dribbles and has some diarrhea. I boiled some chicken and white rice add added a bit of ACV and pumpkin. My fingers are crossed and Little Winnie really enjoyed dinner.

Replied by Penny
(Napanee Onatrio)

I have a sheltie who is ten that leaks she has been check out by vet and says it is just incontentance because of her age so I will try ACV. Can dogs take it every day? And how much? She is forty pounds.

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Ohio)

Dosages for dogs of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (also called "ACV") can be found at this earthclinic link:


Dosage and Instructions: Start with a one-teaspoon dose mixed into your dog's food twice a day for a 50 lb dog (adjust accordingly by weight) and if necessary increase up to about 1 tablespoon twice a day for the same size dog. For skin application, you can spray on or rub apple cider in directly, or for sore or open wounds mix the ACV with equal parts water before application to the dog's skin. In the case of pests or parasites, bathe your dog and then apply a 50:50 mix of apple cider vinegar and water. Allow this to air dry on your pet to kill off fleas, ticks, ringworm, etc. And to prevent future infestations and/or infection. You can also spray your dog with apple cider vinegar before going out for a walk, in order to repel fleas and ticks naturally.

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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)

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!!!

Replied by Susan
(Nashville, Tn)
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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.

Replied by Jim
(Mill Creek, Wa , Usa)

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.

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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
(Collingwood, Ontario)

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

Replied by Jilbert57
(Brinnon, Wa, Usa)

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.

Replied by Helen
(Columbia, Missouri)

Can you give more specifics where you get the bladder strength form?

Replied by Jilbert57
(Brinnon, Wa)

For Helen: I get the bladder strength off of Amazon.com.

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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)

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.


Replied by Andrew
(Plainfield, N.j., U.s.a.)

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

Replied by Kathy
(Niagara Falls)

My dog and cat drink out of the same water bowl, and I want to add ACV for my labradoodle's incontinence. Do you think it would be fine for the cat?

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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
(Minneapolis, Mn)

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)!

Replied by Jen H
(San Rafael, Ca)

I get baby mattresses free or cheap off Craigslist and get them home, wrap them in 1 or 2 thick plastic garbage bags, tape them together-so the bed is 90% pee proof. Instead of bought washable peepads, I took a king size cotton quilt, cut it up into 6-8 mattress sized pieces. They absorb a ton, wash easy, and are cheap. I already had the quilt, so it was free, but you could probably purchase a new one or find one at a Goodwill type place for less than the cost of buying individual pads. My Ol 14yr old lab/dane Sara pees herself all day. So I may do alot of laundry but its cheap---AND the pee pads seem to get more absorbent the more they get washed. :)

Replied by Shaina
(Siliguri (West Bengal))

I have a female dog her name is bailey she is just of 6 months ..she started to peeing the bed around its being 1 week .I don't no what to do .please can you sugguest me?

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Posted by Terry (Canada) on 05/04/2019

Corn silk works wonders for my dog's incontinence.

He was suddenly dripping and peeing in his sleep even though he has never peed in the house in his life. I see that most of the posts have been about female dogs and their spay incontinence but I just want to say that corn silk capsules eradicated my adult male dog's incontinence by 99%. He is a 70lb dog and I give him one capsule per meal twice a day. I also time when he gets water but not reduce the total amount of water given to him. This way he would not have to hold for as long. In two weeks he went from dripping in his sleep every day to needing to go out earlier than his potty breaks. We listened to him when he would indicate wanting to go and slowly his schedule was back to normal. It has been a month and a half and he stopped having incontinence completely.

I will likely give him cornsilk long term since it is inexpensive and effective as incontinence prevention.

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I was wondering how many milligram capsules you use?

Corn Silk
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.

Corn Silk
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
(Sacramento, CA)

Would you tell me please where you can buy dried corn silk?

Thank you!

Replied by Earthclinic Reader
(Reidsville, North Carolina - Usa)

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.

Replied by Pat
(Anderson, In)

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!

Replied by Pat
(Anderson, In)

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.

Replied by Daustin
(Austin, Tx)

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.

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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
(Danbury, Ct)

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.

Replied by Jeannie
(Denver, CO)

I have been using the BLADDER SUPPORT from Puritan.com for my german shepherd. It even indicates by weight how many tablets to give your dog. It has worked wonders. I highly recommend this product.

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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
(Springfield, Illinois)

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.

Replied by Julie
(Princeton, NJ)


Ibuprofen is toxic for dogs, please do not give your dog motrin, advil, tylenol or any people pain killers without checking with your vet.

Replied by Lmwilliam
(Houston, TX)

We use Meloxicam with our vet's recommendation for arthritis. Our dog is like her old self again.

Replied by Shirley
(Western Australia)

I have a 15year old female welsh springer spaniel and .I have tried Apple Cider Vinegar for her leaking but no matter how I try to give it to her she knows it's there and won't take it, I tried to buy some corn silk, but can't find it anyware, so if anyone knows where I can purchase it in western Australia, I would appreciate it very much thank you

Replied by Lynn

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 water.

Replied by Pat

I have used the real corn silk from the corn per the americans. Just chop it up, about a tablespoon and put on your dog's food. It works wonders. The dry corn silk never worked for me... FYI

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