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Incontinence in Basset Hound

How to Deal with a Frustrating Problem

If your housebroken Basset Hound has started to have frequent urinary accidents inside your house, then you are most likely frustrated by the mess and may also be concerned for your dog's health and well-being. It could be a behavioral problem or it could be urinary incontinence.

If you're dealing with urinary incontinence, it's important to remember that your dog is not purposely misbehaving. His frequent accidents are unintentional and are the result of an involuntary loss in his ability to control urine.

Determine the Root Cause

Because urinary leaks due to incontinence are unintentional, it's never appropriate to scold or punish your dog after an accident has occurred. Instead, consult with your veterinarian to determine the root cause of the problem because urinary incontinence is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Once your veterinarian has determined the underlying cause, he'll be able to prescribe appropriate treatment.

Prompt diagnosis and treatment are important because bladder infections and severe skin irritations are secondary problems that may occur if incontinence is left untreated for a long period of time.

Some causes of incontinence include:

  • hormone deficiency, common in older dogs, causing a weak sphincter muscle (the muscle that controls the flow of urine)
  • bladder stones
  • congenital problems (abnormalities present at birth), such as a misplaced ureter, the tube connecting the kidneys to the bladder
  • urinary tract infection

Additionally, Basset Hounds have a higher incidence of intervertebral disk disease which can result in spinal disk herniation and nerve damage. Urinary incontinence may occur after disk herniation.

Final tip

If you're dealing with incontinence in Basset Hound, don't despair! Promptly consult with your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis of the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.

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