Inappropriate Urination in Pets
Inappropriate urination is a common clinical complaint in both dogs and cats. One of the first goals we have as veterinarians is to find out whether the inappropriate urination is due to behavioral or medical reasons. Behavioral problems are most common in very young and older pets. Many puppies (especially the toy breeds) will often take several months to fully house train.
At the other spectrum, older pets may exhibit senile changes leading to inappropriate urination, as well as have other geriatric medical illness leading to undesirable urination.
Any pet with history of inappropriate urination should have a complete physical exam and urine analysis performed at the local veterinarian. If needed, additional blood tests, x-rays or ultrasound can also be done. Another important differential for this complaint is whether the pet is involuntarily leaking urine where it lays or sleeps, or whether there is increased urgency to urinate.
Incontinence is managed totally differently from inappropriate urination because of inflammation or infection. Treatment will depend upon underlying causes and may include antibiotics, anti-spasmodic medications such as Amitriptyline, or medications such as prescription Proin for those incontinent pets. Drugs like Anipryl (i.e selegiline), and fatty acid supplements such as Super pure Omega 3, and antioxidants like Proneurozone all can help with older pets.