What to Do for Bedwetting Dogs

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It's not so fun dealing with a dog who leaks during the night. Canines suffer from their own version of bedwetting, termed “nocturnal enuresis” . This problem can cause lots of messes for you to clean up, especially if you share your bed with your fur-baby. What's worse is that persistent pee on your pup's skin can actually burn or sting them.

Bedwetting is seen far more in female pooches than in males. Younger girl dogs may start to sleep-pee if they have been spayed at a young age. In old girls, the problem is generally hormonal. Boy dogs have it easier, with the issue usually not showing up until the dog is late in their senior years.

So how can you deal with your four-legged friend's nighttime troubles? Below are a few things you can try to make life with a bedwetter more bearable.


Medication

As soon as you notice that your pooch is soiling their bed, it's time to book an appointment at the vet's. There's no need to wait and let the poor baby suffer. Many dogs respond very well to medications for incontinence. If the issue is because of a hormone deficiency, replacing the missing hormones can correct the problem. Thankfully, after the first few weeks of this treatment, the meds only have to be given once a week to be effective!


Diapers or Wraps

If your doggo is advanced in age or you don't feel great about giving them prescription drugs, you can try one of the many products made to help peeing pets. For lady dogs, there are a plethora of washable diapers that catch leaking urine, allowing your four-legged princess to sleep peacefully. Boy dogs have the option of tight body wraps that contain special pads. These wraps hold things snuggly in place to trap stray drippage at the source.


Special Dog Beds
For the dog that only occasionally pees the bed, medication may seem extreme and diapers might be a hassle. In these cases, your best bet would be to try a dog bed made specifically to keep urine out. These beds have waterproof linings and easy-to-remove covers. When your pooch lets a little too loose, all you have to do is peel off the covers and throw them in the wash. The bed won't absorb any of the funky urine smells that make night peeing so unpleasant.

Now you have some tools to combat sneaky sleep urine. No matter which ones you choose, be sure to talk to your vet about possible secondary issues that can come from frequent bedwetting. Canine girlies who leak at night are more likely to suffer from chronic UTIs, among other things. Pups who need medication to stop their incontinence usually have to keep pill popping for life. That being said, it's a small price to pay for a comfortable dog and a clean home.