PetMeds® Bed Wetting in Dogs and Cats

 
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One of the more common complaints of pet owners is when their pet starts urinating in the house, on clothing or bedding. This problem is very common in both canine and feline medicine.  If it is a dog, one of the first questions I often ask is whether the pet is urinating where they sleep or lay, which is more of an involuntary urinary incontinence problem. This behavior is fairly common in dogs as they get older, especially in spayed female dogs.

This problem is usually diagnosed by history, physical exam and ruling out infection by urine analysis. While there are many holistic vet products such as HomeoPet Leaks No More, and others, many of these pets need prescription medications such as Proin to help keep the problem under control.

In feline medicine, urinating outside the litter box is a much more complex problem and usually involves a combination of emotional and/or physical factors. Urine analysis is needed to rule out infection or inflammation and/or crystal formation, as well as careful history to see if there are behavioral factors involved in the urinary issue. After performing a thorough exam, history and urine analysis, a cause and treatment plan can usually be undertaken.  If needed, antibiotics can be prescribed, or further testing such as urine culture, X-rays and/or ultrasound should be performed to look at the possibility of urinary tract stones, polyps, or in older pets, tumors. If the workup reveals no medical cause, then behavior modification techniques and products like Comfort Zone for Cats with Feliway can be employed to help solve this frustrating problem in the home.

Read Related Posts on PetMeds® Blog:

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6 Comments

  1. Posted September 9, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    This is really true! I love cats, too. Taking care of your pets is the best way to show how much we love them. If you expect to keep your cats as happy and healthy as possible, taking care of their basic bedding needs also is crucial. My three kitties love to cuddle and roll in the heated cat bed I just bought online. I want to share with you this link I just discovered in the web that can really help you in choosing the best and affordable heated cat bed for your cats. I found this very useful. Better check this out! http://heatedcatbed.everniche.com/

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  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing what sounds like a wonderful bed to all of those feline guardians out there. Also check out some of the new and wonderful pet supplies now available from 1800petmeds as well.

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  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing what sounds like a wonderful resting bed for feline guardians to others. Also check out some of great pet supplies available now from1800petmeds.

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  4. Posted June 19, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Its highly recommended that treatment can be very much effective as far as bed wetting is concerned. otherwise it is very much difficult to handle in anyway.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing. Most cases can indeed be treated.

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  5. Posted October 18, 2011 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    This problem is more common then most people think it is.
    Every animal exhibits bedwetting during daytime or at night.
    Its important to treat it early and correctly.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Thanks for sharing. With early treatment with drugs like proin most pets incontinence can be controlled.

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  6. Julie
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Regards a dog urinating in it’s bedding. I have a female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that will pee in her bedding. I have seen her do it, she will scrat it up into a nest, and then pee on it. She first did it at about 7 months old, it only seemed to last 3 or 4 weeks. Then it happened again about 7 months later. She is now almost 5 years old, and I noticed she has now peed in it again.She has a doggy door that she uses to go outside, never seems to do it during the day, but a couple of mornings I get up, and she has peed in it again. Any suggsetions?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Have urine analysis checked at vet for infections. If negative then incontintent medications like proin may help.

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    Julie Reply:

    Thanks for your comment. The most puzzling thing to me though is that if it was incontinence, then why is it that she onlu urinates in her bed. She will sometimes sleep on the sofa with us and remain there for hours, never a leak, only in her bed. It appears too much to be just a leak. And as i Said previously, it will only be for about a 3-4 week period, then it mightn’t happen again for up to a year

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Incontinence can be intermittent in dogs.

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