How to Help a Senior Dog with Incontinence

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As dogs get older, they may start to lose control over their bladder and bowels. Oftentimes, incontinence can be a symptom of several types of conditions. Certain breeds are more prone to develop incontinence and female dogs are more likely to develop urinary incontinence. Certain large breed dogs are more common to develop fecal incontinence. There are several medications that can be used to help with dog incontinence. 

If your senior dog has issues with incontinence, it is advisable that you consult with your vet first to determine the underlying condition. Dog diapers, belly bands and pee pads can help manage senior dog incontinence. Washable bedding and plastic sheets can also be used to help protect flooring or furniture. Water restriction, especially at bedtime, may also help in some cases. 

It’s important to note that house trained dogs often feel embarrassed when they soil indoors. Pee pads or indoor training can also help, as can taking your pet out more often. Dog diapers can be used, depending on the severity of the incontinence and whether it is urine or fecal. There are both disposable and washable diapers. Belly bands are used for male dogs to inhibit peeing, but they can also be used for light incontinence when used with a panty liner placed inside to soak up urine. Overalls are great for dogs who try to remove the diapers. Pee pads are great for dogs who may have difficulty getting up and down stairs to go outside, or for those senior dogs who may have frequent urination due to illness.  

Below are a few examples of incontinence products you might consider for senior dogs with incontinence issues. We do not endorse or promote any of these products or companies. Products are listed for demonstration purposes only based on available information at the time of publication. You should always consult with your vet before treating dog incontinence to rule out medical issues that can be treated by your vet. 

 

Disposable Male Dog Wraps

Disposable diapers should be adjustable to fit your dog comfortably. If the diaper has elastic edges it will allow for freedom of movement and leg lifting comfort. A wetness indicator helps you know when the diaper needs changing. 

Washable Male Wraps Diapers

Washable diapers are nice because they have no crinkle or uncomfortable texture. A velcro closure makes taking them on and off easy. Be sure the diaper pad sewn inside has a waterproof outer layer to prevent leaks and damage to rugs, etc. 

Female Dog Disposable Diapers

Disposable diapers designed for female dogs provide leak protection for dogs in heat, for dogs who suffer from excitable urination or incontinent dogs. Female dog diapers can also be used for urine, poop, diarrhea, and bowel incontinence. 

Washable Female Dog Diapers

Dog Diaper Overall

If your senior pet doesn’t like wearing an incontinence product then you may want to consider a diaper overall that cannot be easily pulled off.  Overall diapers are also suitable for odd-shaped or long-body dogs. 

Waterproof Dog Bed

A waterproof dog bed can be used as a stand-alone bed or inside a dog crate and is helpful for incontinent dogs because the washable cover zips off and is waterproof with a rubber grip non slip bottom. 

Indoor Potties

Some incontinent dogs have trouble getting outside, either due to hip dysplasia or arthritis, and become incontinent because of the difficulty they have getting in and out of the house. Indoor potties are also helpful if you are away extended hours and can’t give your pet the relief they need, especially as they age and cannot hold their urine or feces as long as they did when they were younger. 

Providing your senior dog with an indoor area to potty can help dogs get to their potty area faster, especially if going outside means navigating stairs or waiting for an elevator. This type of potty can be used on a balcony, deck or indoors for your pet’s convenience. 

Dog Urine Cleaning Products

Eliminate odors and stains, including urine, feces, vomit and drool with a stain and odor remover meant to eliminated dog incontinence messes. A product with a natural enzyme formula is safe for pets and home and can be used on floors, carpets, furniture, clothing, litter boxes, kennels, crates, and car upholstery.

Supplements for Urinary Health

If your dog is having difficulty with urine flow and inflammation or leaking urine, then it is important to speak with your vet about causes and potential treatments. Supplements may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and encourage a healthy urine flow. Always consult with your vet before giving your dog any supplements as some can interfere with medications your dog may be taking.