Regular walks can help incontinent dog

Friday, 2nd March 2012

Dog owners whose pets suffer from incontinence can help with the problem through regular walks and pet medication.

Vet Joe Inglis, writing for the Metro, was contacted by a reader, Debbie, who said that her 13-year-old Poodle suffers from epilepsy, stomach ulcers, colitis and high liver enzymes.

On top of this, she had recently become incontinent. She was being treated with Propalin and then Incurin but Debbie wanted to know if there was anything else she could do to help with the incontinence.

The vet said that both medications have their pros and cons but they can be used together. He also said there were other things Debbie could do.

"The other things to consider are practical measures such as taking her out regularly to help keep her bladder empty, and using some form of absorbent pad or dog nappy to help control the mess, as this can make a real difference to the quality of life for dogs with this problem," he wrote.

According to, older dogs are more prone incontinence and the problem is usually not seen until the animal is eight or nine years old.