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.
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!
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.
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.