If you have a dog, you know that accidents happen. You also maybe thought your days of cleaning up puddles were long behind you. But even the best trained dogs can slip up from time to time, and this becomes even more true for senior dogs. As pups age, they often develop dog incontinence — the involuntary inability to hold their urine — so you may notice a few more messes around the house.
Sometimes, you can chalk it up to good old aging. But often, incontinence in dogs is caused by an underlying medical issue. If your senior dog is peeing in the house all of a sudden, we encourage you to see your veterinarian right away. While dog incontinence may be inconvenient and messy, remember that it’s not your dog’s fault. Fortunately, Dog Quality’s premium products for senior dogs were made to help your pup age with dignity. Read on to learn more about why your older dog is peeing inside and what you can do about it.
Why Senior Dogs Pee Inside
If you’ve had your dog from puppyhood, you probably remember the housetraining days well: hourly trips outside for your pup to pee, daily accidents and many sleepless nights. Once your dog has mastered the art of only peeing outside, many of us believe those accidents are a thing of the past. Usually they are, but if your dog has started peeing inside again, it’s time to investigate.
There are a number of reasons a senior dog may start peeing in the house after a lifetime of being housetrained. Some causes of dog incontinence are minor while others are much more serious and require medical intervention. Here, we’ll discuss the most common medical causes of dog incontinence.
Emotional Causes of Dog Incontinence
Sometimes when a senior dog starts peeing inside, it has nothing to do with aging at all. Emotional factors, such as stress from moving or a new baby in the house, can contribute to behavioural changes in dogs of all ages. This may include:
How to Stop Your Dog from Peeing in the House
The most important thing to do if your dog is suddenly peeing inside is make an appointment with your vet. If your senior pup is suffering from a medical condition, she will likely need treatment of some kind. If your dog is simply experiencing a normal sign of aging, your veterinarian can advise on how to stop her from peeing in the house. In the meantime, using Dog Quality’s washable pads, belly bands and dog diapers can protect your furniture and keep messes contained.
- Washable Wonders™ Dog Nappies: Thoughtfully designed for both male and female dogs, our doggie diapers effectively manage dog incontinence. Made to fit dogs of all sizes, they’ll give pet parents peace of mind and senior dogs comfort and dignity.
- Washable Wonders™ Dog Belly Bands: Designed for male dogs, our dog belly bands wrap around the waist to provide maximum protection from unwanted accidents — without compromising comfort.
- Washable Wonders™ Dog Diaper Pads: These washable dog diaper pads add extra protection and absorbency to your Washable Wonders™ dog diapers and dog wraps.
- Washable Wonders™ Dog Blanket Pads: Our washable, waterproof dog incontinence pads can be placed over furniture and carpets to protect your home from accidents.
At Dog Quality, our number one goal is to help your dog age with dignity. Your senior pup doesn’t want to pee on the floor any more than you want her to, so treat her with compassion and support during this time. After all, our days with our senior dogs are precious. The least we can do as pet parents is make them as comfortable as possible during their golden years.