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Incontinence in Dogs and Cats / Weak Bladder in Dogs and Cats

Incontinence in Dogs and Cats / Weak Bladder in Dogs and Cats

Herbal treatments to help strengthen the bladder, to help address infection and to help prevent leakage and urinary incontinence in dogs and cats.

In renal challenges, the kidneys need to be supported nutritionally to help facilitate the natural rehabilitation process and other important tissues related to kidney function, as well as support given to the liver, cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous system.

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

Urinary incontinence, or bladder loss, is commonly experienced by dogs and cats at some point in their lives. It is defined as uncontrolled leakage or dribbling of urine from the bladder. It is fairly common in spayed female dogs and cats as well as neutered male dogs and cats, but it can also affect excited puppies and kittens.

If your dog or cat is experiencing urinary incontinence, puddles of urine will appear when your pet is not actively trying to urinate. Urine may also leak out when your pet jumps, gets excited or when he or she gets up from lying down. Your pet may even dribble when relaxing or sleeping.  

You may notice the smell of urine; meanwhile you pet may be blissfully unaware of its inability to hold urine and will appear healthy and happy, if the cause for incontinence is not due to injury or disease. 

Urinary incontinence is most often due to an inadequate closure of the urethral sphincter, a group of muscles that contracts to stop urine from flowing from the bladder. Incontinence becomes more common in senior pets, especially large breed spayed female dogs and cats. As your pet ages, the connective tissue of the bladder may break down, making them more susceptible to leakage.

 

 

After being spayed, the uterus and the ovaries are removed and oestradiol levels decrease. The decrease in oestradiol causes the tissues of the urogenital system to shrink, and as a result, the sphincter muscles may not close as tightly, causing urine leakage. The breakdown of the urethral sphincter muscles can also occur when dogs and cats have to hold urine for long periods of time without relief.

 

 

Common reasons for incontinence include:

Fear

Anxiety 

Nerve damage to bladder tissues and function

Spinal injury

Bladder infection

Kidney infection

Bladder stones

Kidney stones

Tumors of the bladder

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies can be highly effective in helping to address incontinence; to help relieve frequent urination, bladder discomfort, bladder and urinary infections; to help tone and strengthen the bladder matrix and surrounding connective tissues and nerves; to help relieve incontinence and supports bladder control in dogs and cats; to help improve bladder and urinary tract health due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties; for the holistic treatment of severe cystitis, prostate problems and symptoms of burning urine; to help reduce inflammation in the urinary tract and to help strengthen the immune system.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, tones and strengthens the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

Tinkle Tonic  (learn more) treats prostate disorders, supports urinary tract and prostate health and reduces prostrate symptoms including Prostatitis and Benign Hyperplasia Prostate disease (BHP), promotes prostate gland health, a healthy bladder, urinary tract and bowel movements, reduces swollen and enlarged prostrate glands, promotes strong and healthy urine flow, relieves pain, discomfort and difficulty when urinating; for incomplete urination, increased frequency of urination or reduction in the volume of urine, relieves painful and strained defecation, increases circulation and strengthens the immune system; for urinary incontinence and weakened bladders.

The Daily Paws  (learn more) is used as a multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification; for its secondary support of a healthy bladder and strong connective tissue, important in cases of incontinence.

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes improved kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative); helps to safely remove stones from the body; helps to treat urinary tract infections (bladder and kidney infections; for kidney and liver disease; tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health; reduces uric acid levels in urine; increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium crystals such as calcium oxalate and prevents them from entering kidney and bladder cells, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency. This product has been proven to be 90% effective at addressing urinary tract infections, and all types of stones, gravel, calculi and crystals in dogs and cats.

You should consult your veterinarian if:

There is blood or pus in your pet’s urine (urine appears red or has strings of blood in it)

The urine smells very strong and/or is darker

Your pet is urinating more than usual (a possible indication of Cushing's disease or diabetes)

Your pet is having difficulty urinating

Your pet tries to urinate but nothing comes out. (Take your pet to the veterinarian immediately as this may be a result of a blocked stone and is common and can be dangerous for male cats)

Your pet urinates more than normal and drinking more water than usual

Your pet starts suddenly peeing in the house

Your pet wets wherever he or she has been sitting

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will likely try to determine the underlying cause for urinary incontinence related to disease or injury. 

Incontinence due to low levels of oestradiol is usually treated either with hormone supplements such as diethylstilboestrol (DES) or with drugs that act on the muscles of the urethral sphincter to improve tone and maximize urethral closure pressure.  

Both of these treatments are not without side effects. DES can cause marked suppression of the bone marrow and the other drugs affecting the heart or causing hypertension, restlessness and anorexia.

Natural supplements should be considered for issues related to incontinence. 

Your vet may try extraction of urine using a needle inserted into the bladder. Blood tests may be done to rule out infection and crystals.

Most vets may prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics if a urinary infection is the cause of bladder problems. Keep in mind that antibiotics can weaken the immune system in the long term.

 

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