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Treatment for Canine Incontinence

It's Not always His or Her Fault

When a dog begins having accidents in the house, people tend to think it’s a behavioral issue. Unless this happens with a puppy-in-training, your dog may have a health problem.

With canine incontinence, a dog lacks the ability to control urination. It is a serious medical condition that affects mostly older dogs -- both male and female, and spayed females of any age. The most obvious symptom is leaking or dribbling of urine. Different from submissive, territorial, or behavioral urination, this usually happens while the dog is sleeping, upon awaking, or during physical exertion.

The condition is usually due to decreased tone of the sphincter muscle that controls the opening and closing of the bladder.

Compounding Solutions from MYERS Medical

We can treat the sphincter muscle's inability to adequately tighten with compounded medications using either diethylstilbestrol (DES) or phenylpropanolamine (PPA). And remember, we can provide pet medications in liquids, "chewie treats," and topical creams, with flavors your pet will love.

DES is a synthetic form of estrogen that, while its exact mechanism is unclear, is believed to strengthen the muscular tissue surrounding the bladder by increasing its neuroreceptor (alpha) response. We can prepare DES in capsule form in a variety of strengths.

PPA is an alpha-adrenergic agonist that boosts the release of neurotransmitters, facilitating sphincter muscle constriction. We can prepare PPA in a range of concentrations in capsules as well as in liquid suspension.

If you have a question about this condition or any of the medications available to treat it, please feel free to use the "Email Us" button at the top of the page, or call us.