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Ask the Vet About Submissive Urination (Incontinence) in Dogs

Submissive Urination in Dogs
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Ask the Vet About Submissive Urination (Incontinence) in Dogs
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Sep 11, 2017
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Incontenance

Question:My 10 yr old shelite mix urinates while sleeping sometimes.. she is currently on proin... she is 37 lbs.. what is the correct dosage?

Answer:The usual dose for dogs is 0.4-0.8mg/pound every 12 hours, so about 15-30mg would be her range. I usually start at the lowest dose that they respond to (even if it's lower than that) and then increase as needed. "Do not exceed 1.8mg/lb per day." = from the manufacturer.

Date: Sep 4, 2017
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Refusing to use litter box

Question:Occasionally my cat (Siamese- 18 years old and seems to be healthy) doesn't use the litter box.- but goes on the carpet. I had applied Revolution to him and don't know if that has any bearing on the problem. Any thoughts as to the cause of his problem and suggestions ti rectify?

Answer:At 18 years old, it could just be senility, but you want to rule out medical problems like kidney disease, urinary tract infections, FLUTD, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, etc. so if your veterinarian hasn't run blood work on him in a while, now might be a good time.

Date: Aug 7, 2017
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Urination outside litter box

Question:My cat suddenly has starting urinating outside her litter box. So far only on throw rugs. She doesn't seem to be in any discomfort. Still her happy self. She's about 8 years old and has never been an outdoor pet.

Answer:When it starts suddenly like that, I worry about a medical problem, so have your veterinarian rule that out first. They usually just need to run a quick urinalysis to rule out things like a bladder infection, crystals, FLUTD, etc. They can help you explore behavioral reasons after you rule out medical problems: have new pets been in the house? have you changed litter? have you changed the location of the litterbox? etc etc!

Date: Aug 3, 2017
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Urination

Question:My cat pees everywhere. On rugs, on clothes and lately she has been peeing her in food bowls. She is not fixed and I was wondering if that would make her stop or what I can do to prevent her from uraniating whenever she wants.

Answer:Having her spayed may help. Have them run a urinalysis at the same time to check for a urinary tract infection, crystals, FLUTD, etc. that may be causing the problem. Those are all relatively easy to treat while behavioral problems aren't.

Date: Jul 30, 2017
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Inconsistent peeing outside of box

Question:My issue is that I have one cat, Christina, that is not getting another with one of my other cats. There are four cats living in my house, but this particular cat is the only one she doesn't get along with. In result of this, my other cat has develop a lot of anxiety and is now very sick due to the tension between them. In addition, Christina is having difficultly using the litter box properly. We have mats that our cat boxes sit on and that is where she tends to pee. We have exhausted all scenarios on why she is peeing outside of the cat box and can only conclude that she is a finnicky cat that doesn't like sharing a cat box. I just need some opinions on what we can do to fix this so we don't have to get rid of her. Thank you.

Answer:When you say "We have exhausted all scenarios on why she is peeing outside of the cat box" be sure you have had your veterinarian look for medical problems on her like urinary tract infection, crystals, FLUTD, bladder stones, etc. It would actually be good if you found a medical problem that is making her urinate outside of the litter box and be grumpy towards the other cat because these are treatable. Sometimes behavioral problem are like people - some cats are just not going to get along. The behavior specialist tell us to tell you to have "one more litter box than you have cats" when you have a urinating-outside-the-box issue going on. In those litter boxes use different kinds of boxes (covered vs not, etc) and different types of litter (clumping vs clay, scented vs non-scented, etc) to see if you can find a preference or an adversion. Hope this helps!

Date: Jul 19, 2017
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: started peeing in house

Question:I have had my mini husky rescue for 3 mos. Without a problem, all of a sudden Sat. Her friend come over, a Besange, an he just started smelling an just squated, with that, mine went right behind him.. !!! An she went again, today, I finally got white vinegar, put it in my carpet cleaner, now I dont know what the hell it smells like!!! A mixture that I got from holistic store, an now vinegar, I lost my original animal 12/30/15, he did NOT do this... I did dog sit my friends dog, I am guessing he DID pee. But I had carpet cleaned... I don't knowwww. She will be in crate city now....

Answer:Yes, even well trained dogs get peer-pressured when another dog comes to their house and starts "claiming" things, so to speak. You are doing to the right thing by starting training again (with the crate) so it doesn't become a bad habit.

Date: Jun 11, 2017
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Submissive Urination

Question:Hello Sir, I have a saint bernard. 2months old. He urines a very frequently every 15-20 seconds. Is it a serious issue..?? What should i do..?? Please help me.

Answer:Yes, if he urinates every 15-20 seconds, that is not normal and you should have him checked at your veterinarian (for Diabetes, urinary tract infections, kidney problems, etc). Try to keep him from urinating before you get there so they can get a urine sample from him.

Date: Mar 16, 2017
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Incontinence

Question:I have an 8 year old female Siberian Husky that has been on Proin 50 for about 6 years with very little improvement. She weighs about 96 lbs. and I give her (4) tablets per day. Is there something that you offer, will work better, cost about the same or less and is safe with no side affects?

Answer:So you are giving her 50mg x 4 tablets = 200mg? That's too much. Her dosage should be about 75mg. Your veterinarian needs to look for other cause of her incontinence - like anatomical abnormalities, behavioral issues, etc. (You categorized this under "submissive urination" which is a behavioral problem which would not respond to phenylpropanolamine.)

Date: Nov 27, 2015
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Uti

Question:We Have A Female Cat That Is Showing Some Signs Of A Uti. She Is Having Accidents Outside The Litter Box (but Not Just Unination) & Also Has Blood In Her Urine. I Called Her Vet & He Said It Sounded Like A Uti & She Probably Needs An Anitibiotic. However , Now She Is Vomiting , & Her Throw Up & Very Small Amounts Of Blood In It As Well. I Do Not See Vomiting On Any Of The Lists Of Symptoms Of A Uti. What Are Your Thoughts?

Answer:Vomiting Can Have Many Causes, As Can Inappropriate Urination And Defecation. I Would Recommend A Veterinary Exam And Evaluation, Including Urine Analysis, Possible Blood Work And X Rays To Rule Out Underlying Causes Besides A Simple Urinary Tract Infection

Date: Feb 3, 2014
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Potty Training/submissive Urination/other

Question:Hi, I Am New To This Site And Am Deserate For An Answer To Stop My 2 Yr. Old Female Pit Bull From Peeing (but I Don't Think It's Pee). We Have Had Her Since 9 Weeks (spayed At 5 Months) And Potty Training Has Been A Struggle From Day One. We Have Met With Trainers And Vets And No Answers. I Said Peeing, I Think, Because I'm Almost Sure This Is Coming From Her Vagina, But It's Clear And Odorless. She Can Pee Outside Normal Yellow Urine And Minutes Later If I Turn My Head I Am Left With A Puddle Of What Looks Like Water In My House--or Several. I Have Never Caught Her In The Act As She Is Soooo Sneaky With This. Also, It Appears She "sprays" It As It's Not Just A Puddle It's Like It Has Been Splashed All Over.....she Can Run Up The Stairs And Leave A Trail And Cover A Room From One End To The Other If Left Alone. She Will Even Do This On My Cement Patio If She Wants To Come In And We Aren't There At The Moment She Wants In--she Will Purposely Go Right In Front Of The Door And Splash Multiple Times All Over Our Cement Patio. She Will Do The Same In Her Crate If She Wants To Be Let Out And We Aren't There Immediately (she Could Have Jsut Went Outside, But Doesn't Want To Be In Crate At That Particular Time). I Believe This Is May Be Connected To Submissive And/or Separation Anxiety Urination--but Once Again This Pee Is Different. She Only Does This Around Me Or My Wife--i Have Been Her Main Master/human. My Kids Can Watch Her With No Incidents. Any Help/advice Is Much Appreciated. Also, Vets/trainers Have Ruled Out Uti As She Can Go Overnight With No Accidents In Her Kennel Or Crate. Please Help!

Answer:I Would Still Have Urine Culture To Rule Out Infection, As Well As X Rays To Rule Out Bladder Stones. You Could Try Homeopet Leak No More, Which Is Natural Homeopathic Remedy. Also Make Sure Your Vet Has Ruled Out Incontinence As Well. Sometimes Anxiety Induced Urination Can Be Helped With Meds Like Amitryptylline Or Clomiprimine

Date: Jul 5, 2013
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Inappropriate Unrination

Question:What Is Your Recomendation For Feline Inappropriate Urination For A Multiple Cat Household?

Answer:Too Complex To Comment Here As Alot Of Issues That Need To Be Addressed Including Testing Urine On Affected Cat To Rule Out Infection, Inflammation, Etc Asa Well As Adding Litter Boxes To Homes And Potential Antianxiety Prescription Meds.

Date: Dec 12, 2011
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Healthy Cat Not Using Litter Box

Question:Hello Dr. Dym, my 6-yr-old Healthy Cat Recently Decided He Does Not Want To Use His Litter Box. He Has Been So Good For Six Years And I've Never Had A Problem. We've Recently Moved A Couple Times In The Past 2 Months So I'm Not Sure If This Is The Cause. He Has Been With Me Since College So He's Use To Moving, But Maybe Being Older Now It's Affecting Him? I've Had Blood Work Done And Put Him On Antibiotics For A Uti, But There Are No Major Health Issues. I've Changed His Box, Litter Everything And Nothing Is Working. I Can't Have Him Going In My New Home Any Longer And Its Very Upsetting. I'm Afraid I May Have To Give Him Away. Any Suggestions? thank You, stephanie

Answer:Very Often Environmental Stresses And Changes In Environment May Lead To Inappropriate Urination In Cats. If Medical Issues Ruled Out, You Can Ask Your Vet For Trial With Medicine Like Amitryptylline Or Clomiprimine Which Can Sometimes Help. Also Adding More Litter Boxes And Trying Different Litter Type In Them May Help As Well. You Can Also Consider Trying Homeopathic Approach. To Learn More See My Website Www.canineworld.com/drdym As Well As Www.beyondflatearth.com For Discussion Of Long Term Classical Homeopathic Care In Pets Which Although Natural, Does Require, Time, Patience And Committment. Many Homeopaths Do Offer Phone Consultations.

Date: Apr 27, 2007
Category: Submissive Urination
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My 8 Month Old Shit-zu

Question:My 8 Month Old Shit-zu Always Pees When My Husband Comes Home And Takes Off His Boots. She Also Pees When Someone New Comes Over And Pets Her, Also When My Husband Just Talks To Her. Why Does She Pee? What Can I Give Her For That? Is It Fear Or Just Have A Bladder Problem That When She Is Excited She Can't Hold It?

Answer:Medical And/or Submissive Urination In Addition To Other Behavioral Issues Are Possible. I Would See Vet For Complete Exam And Urine Analysis To Make Sure On Medical Issues. If All Ok, Then Need To Work With Vet Specialist In Behavior One On One On Behavior Modification Exercises Done In Home. Of Course If Not Neutered, Get Done


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