Bladder control problems face many dogs regardless of age and can be the result of something as simple as over excitement or something as dangerous as a ruptured bladder. The only real way to tell what is going on with your dog is to take him to the vet for a check up. Now let’s dive in to some of the most common causes and treatments of bladder control problems in dogs.
1. Over excitement: This happens with dogs of all ages. Over excitement is simply when Fido gets so emotionally worked up he is unable to hold his pee pee. This is usually more common is small hyper dogs such as Jack Russel Terriers but it can be found across all breeds. Over excitement can be caused by a variety of triggers from happiness to sadness and fear. This is why many dogs will cower and pee a little if they are afraid of their owners. It all depends on the dog and his or her history.
To try and control this problem you must try and control yourself. For example do you talk in a high pitched voice and jump around whenever you see the dog? Does he answer in kind and end up peeing a little? Well that’s because he is over excited. You must learn to approach your dog in a more calm and collected manner. Instead of jumping up and down and talking in a high pitched voice, try kneeling and speaking smoothly and calmly while petting and holding your dog. This will let him know that you are happy to see him and that you love him without causing him to get all worked up. It will be beneficial as he will learn to be calm and collected and he will probably stop losing his bladder as well.
If your dog cowers in fear every time you get mad, then you need to examine your behavior. For example your dog chewed something he wasn’t supposed to, what do you do? Do you yell and scream and throw things at him? Do you hit and kick your dog? Dogs are like children in that they respond in fear when they are approached negatively. While it is in no way okay to let Fido do whatever he wants you must discipline him appropriately. Instead of yelling, screaming, hitting and kicking, pick your dog up and take him to whatever it is that he chewed firmly tell him “no” and let it go at that. If you catch your dog in the act of doing something that he is not supposed to, then a dollar squirt gun works great. Fill it with water and squirt him and firmly say “no, bad dog”. Notice when I say firmly, I do not mean loud or threatening I mean calmly yet sternly. It is never okay to hit, kick, throw or do anything to your dog. The golden rule applies to dogs as well do not do something to your dog that you would not want done to you.
2. Age. Bladder control problems often is related to a dog’s age as well. This is especially true for older dogs, but can also hold true for puppies. It all depends on the dog. If your dog is a young puppy in the middle of potty training you should expect to have this issue. Dogs must learn bladder control and must learn when and where they can potty. Its a hard process and some dogs pick it up better than others. In order to deal with this one must pay attention to their dogs more. For example its extremely important during potty training that your dog be taken outside as much as possible. Every hour and a half is probably good so that he or she is used to the idea of having to potty outside. If you are only letting your dog out once a day then you will have accidents in the house and have only yourself to blame. A dog cannot hold it that long between potty outings and should not have too.
However if your dog is an old dog then bladder control issues can be a sign of much more ominous and serious problems for your dog. Renal failure, kidney failure, ruptured bladder, and all sorts of medical issues can afflict your dog as he or she ages. If you have an older dog and you notice that he is having trouble holding his pee pee then you need to take him to a vet straight away. A veterinaries care can be the only true way of diagnosing and treating the problem. The sooner he or she gets in the better.
3. Medical Problems. This is an area that is very broad. Bladder control problems could be linked to a ruptured bladder, bladder infection, and all sorts of other medical problems. Really the only way to identify and treat bladder control issues because of a medical problem is through a vet. They have the tools and medicines available to properly diagnose your dog and treat him or her.
If you suspect that your dog is having a medical issue its important that you do a couple of things. First you must seek a veterinarian’s guidance on the health of your dog. Schedule him or her an appointment as soon as you are able to do so in order to prevent any medical issues from worsening. Second, remember that it is likely out of your dog’s control and not his or her fault. Do not react negatively towards your pet as it may only make the bladder problems worse as they will learn to relate you with negative consequences. Third: Take your dog out as much as possible, the more that they use the bathroom the less there will be an issue with them peeing on themselves or your floor. Finally realize that no matter what you will have accidents. Place towels or absorbent potty training mats in your dogs kennel or where it is that he lays so that you only have to deal with the mat not pee all over your floor. This will be beneficial to both you and your dog because if you are prepared then you are less likely to get worked up over it. This keeps negative feelings down therefore your dog is less likely to get scared and overly excited.
Regardless of what you may think is going on you must first and foremost see you veterinarian. He or she can tell you for sure whats going on and help you work through your issues with your dog. Remember be supportive of your dog. Having bladder troubles is an embarrassing and trying thing for your dog, do not react to him or her negatively it will only male the situation worse for both of you.