Pee puddles (or incontinence in pets). It’s not something pet parents want to see on their floor or smell on their carpet, bedding or furniture. And although it might be our pets are simply not quite house broken or being too lazy to go in their litter box , incontinence in pets also can be a sign they have an illness or disease.
We spoke with our vet, Dr. Laura Wiles, to find out what causes inappropriate urination (or incontinence in pets), when not to worry and when it’s important to get them medical help.
Puppies and kittens
If you have a new puppy or kitten, expect to see some puddles as part of the house training process. This is a “don’t worry” situation. However, if your young pet continues to pee after six months, take them to the vet to check if they have a medical problem. We recommend using a dog pad to help with the final phases of house training. It’s great for when you are not home and easy to clean up and dispose of later.
If you have a male dog or cat who has not been neutered, he may pee to mark his territory (in other words, your home). In this case, neutering your pet can help with this problem. Also, male dog wraps (disposable or washable) also can be used to help prevent male marking.
One of the most common causes of incontinence in pets (dogs and cats alike) is a bladder infection. As these can spread to your pet’s kidneys if left untreated – a serious health issue – whisk your pooch or kitty off to your vet as soon as possible. Your vet will do a urinalysis and urine culture to find out which bacteria are causing the infection and put your pet on antibiotics. In some cases, especially with our feline friends, it may not be a bladder infection – they could be suffering from bladder stones, cystitis (inflammation of the bladder) or an obstruction in the urethra that prevents them from urinating. This last one is an emergency situation.
If you have an older pet, you may find that not only are they leaving puddles on the floor, they’re also urinating while they’re sleeping or resting on your couch or bed. If your older pet is also exhibiting other changes, such as drinking lots of water, losing weight, or suffering from diarrhea and vomiting, this is cause for concern. Potential causes could be a hormonal imbalance, a spinal problem, diabetes, kidney or liver disease, bladder stones, cancer – or even the animal equivalent of Alzheimer’s. As soon as you’ve made an appointment with your vet, make a list of all your pet’s symptoms, even ones you’re not sure are important. That way you won’t miss any when you discuss your pet’s health issues with your vet. They will do tests to find out the causes and discuss treatment options, which could include medication or surgery.
Whether your pet is urinating by accident or simply due to his or her age or illness, it’s a good idea to protect your home from those unwanted puddles. The new Simple Solution All Day Premium Dog Pads converts liquid into gel so the pads can absorb more fluids – up to 10 cups – and eliminate unpleasant odors. The most absorbent pad available for dogs, they’re guaranteed to work all day, offering 24 hour leak-proof protection.