Your Pet’s Leaky Bladder: What’s to Blame?

by on March 28th, 2011 at 7:00 am

A dribbling bladder is usually more of an inconvenience for pet owners than a serious cause for concern, but nevertheless, is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Below are some of the most common causes for accidents and what you can do to avoid little unpleasant puddles in your home!

Pets with this disposition typically urinate upon his or her owner’s return home. Pet behaviorists call this behavior ‘submissive urination’, in which the pet tries to show ‘respect’ for his or her master.

Solution: Behavior training can help this situation. Rather than greeting your pet immediately upon your return, ignore him or her until excitement level drops. Another trick is to distract your pet before he/she gets the chance to eliminate, such as by throwing a treat or something to fetch, or giving a command (“go to your bed/crate”). The idea is to reinforce and reward calm behavior.

Pets with a nervous disposition typically urinate whenever scared. This behavior may be intermittent and a circumstantial problem (such as a trip to the vet), or may be a frequent, recurring problem (particularly if he or she came from an abusive home) as the result of a disorder (separation anxiety or a nervous disorder).

Solution: Depending on the severity and underlying cause of your pet’s nervousness, you may want to consult your vet for a professional diagnosis if the nervousness is causing distress or impacting daily life. Never reprimand your pet; rather, help set up a ‘safe haven’ in your home (or keep a toy handy when in new surroundings) to help alleviate fears to everyday noises and occurrences. Console your pet, but do not smother him or her. A consistent, positive tone will usually help condition your pet over time.

Scutellaria laterifolia (Scullcap) and Passiflora incarnata has long been used to help promote calmness. Homeopathic Kalium phosphate and Argentum nitricum also suit pets with nervous dispositions that are sensitive to stress or change.

Puddles of urine will appear without your pet assuming the normal position for urination.  Urine may also leak out when your pet jumps or gets up from lying down, or might even dribble out while your pet is lying down.

Solution: Pets with urinary incontinence are sometimes described as having “weak bladders”.  Adopting a holistic approach to your pet’s condition can greatly help, including ensuring that your pet receives regular exercise and eats a balanced diet free of preservatives and colorants. Natural remedies such as Arctostaphylos uva ursi, Berberis vulgaris, Cantharis C6 and Staphysagris C6 can be used to support and promote bladder health.

A common symptom of a UTI is unexpected urination. Bladder stones, some underlying diseases, overuse of medications, or abnormalities of the urinary tract can also increase the risk of urinary tract infections. Urinary tract infections affect both dogs and cats, although they tend to be more common in cats.

Solution: Promoting urinary tract health  is the first step in helping prevent UTI’s from occurring in the first place. Proper nutrition that contains all the essential nutrients, providing clean, fresh water, good hygiene, regular exercise and encouraging your pet to urinate can make a significant different to your pet’s urinary health.  Two well-known herbs, Arctostaphylos uva ursi and Berberis vulgaris, contain antiseptic and antibacterial properties which are excellent for the treatment of urinary tract infections, reducing inflammation and strengthening the immune system. In addition, homeopathic ingredients such as Cantharis and Staphysagris provide symptomatic relief for a variety of urinary problems such as cystitis.

PetCalmHomeopathic remedy soothes fear and nervousness during stressful situations and everyday disturbances

UTI-FreeHomeopathic remedy relieves frequent urination, bladder discomfort, and urine leakage to improve bladder and urinary tract health

Better-Bladder Control™ Homeopathic remedy relieves incontinence and strengthens the bladder

One Response to “Your Pet’s Leaky Bladder: What’s to Blame?”

  1. amelia franek

    May 10th, 2012

    Hello…you list several products for bladder problems [cat]…I will describe the symptoms and repeat Vet info and ask that you recommend the products most likely to help/stop the problem. First of all the cat is about one year and half, male, neutered. There are other cats in the home..two older original and four wch came 6 months after PEPPER, the problem cat. Pepper is sweet but there is one of the younger cats in particular he seems not to like…a male long hair whom he sometimes chases after. Almost from the first Pepper has had bladder problems which I attributed to behavior. However in January and again last month he was to the vet where tests showed what the vet is calling ‘STERILE CYSTITIS’….no infection, some crystals, some protein and blood in urine. Pepper urinates in little bits against walls, woodwork, on chairs/pillows…not often in the several litter boxes throughout the house. He had even gone on my stereo equipment, bedspreads, etc. He is now confined to one large bathroom. ai have today begun a protocol of a antibiotic [just in case], BAYTRIL, and a muscle relaxant, I believe called BUSPIRONEHCL…vet also advised giving GLUCOSAMINE AND CHONDROITIN ..all once a day. I understand from reading the problem may never be ‘cured’ nor will it cease. Euthanasia is too difficult to consider, but being confined to one room is not desirable either. I am willing to try whatever you recommend..in addition to or replacing the drugs mentioned. Thank You Sincerely, Amelia…PS…I have gone through one bottle of a UTI liquid from the pet store which may or may not have helped.

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