Incontinence (also known as “leaky bladder” or “dribbling”) is relatively common in dogs and is sometimes seen in cats. Canine and feline incontinence may be caused by a weak bladder sphincter (age, large dog breeds, spaying or multiple pregnancies), inflammatory disease, bladder stones, infection, congenital defect, nutritional deficiency, epilepsy, nerve impairment or emotional disorders. Symptoms include involuntary leakage of small amounts of urine during normal activities or while sleeping. The good news is incontinence usually amounts to little more than an annoyance in an otherwise healthy dog or cat.

The specific cause of urinary incontinence is often unknown. It’s important to work with a veterinarian to try to pinpoint the problem so you can select the best treatment. It may be related to hormonal factors, as demonstrated in spayed and neutered pets and those with other hormonal imbalances like hypothyroidism. Bladder tumors may also cause urinary incontinence, but it’s rare and there are usually other symptoms (blood in the urine, licking, increased urination, and painful urination).

Natural Treatment & Support for Urinary Incontinence in Dogs & Cats

There are dietary, herbal and homeopathic treatments that may help your incontinent dog or cat. It’s important to use high quality herbs for full effectiveness.

Note of Caution:  Talk to your veterinarian before using herbs for incontinence to avoid drug interactions or complications with other conditions. Use extra caution with cats as they may not tolerate some herbal treatments.

Natural remedies for incontinence may include:

Grain-free diet
Shiitake mushrooms
Schizandra fruit
Couch grass
Gingko biloba
Uva ursi
Corn silk
Raspberry leaf
Saw palmetto
Nettle Root
Saint John’s Wort – For emotional causes.
Skullcap or Valerian – For urinary incontinence related to epilepsy.

Rehmannia Six (also known as Liu Wei Di Huang or Six-Flavor Teapills) Chinese herbal formula – Contains Rehmannia, cornus, dioscorea, moutan, hoelen and alisma.  Rehmannia Eight (also known as Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan or Golden Book Teapills) Chinese herbal formula – Contains Rehmannia, cornus, dioscorea, moutan, hoelen, alisma, cinnamon bark and aconite.

Homeopathic – Depending on the cause:

There are more convenient solutions on the market that combine some of the above natural treatments into one supplement. Canine Urinary Gold is often recommended for dogs by holistic veterinarians.

??? Do you have any tips for dealing with incontinence in pets? Please share your wisdom in the comments below.

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Cooksley, Valerie G. RN. Seaweed: Nature’s Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease, and Revitalizing Body and Soul. 2007.

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4 thoughts on “Natural Treatment of Urinary Incontinence in Dogs & Cats

  1. Every one of our females driblles when they’re excited about us getting home or whatever. Nothing much can be done for that I guess. It’s kind of cute really and it’s not a big deal to clean it up.

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