Urinary incontinence can be a very frustrating condition for pet owners to manage. A previously house-trained dog is unlikely to revert, so any changes in urination behavior should be addressed with your veterinarian as there is more than likely an underlying medical cause.

Urinary incontinence can be caused by a variety of factors, some hormonal, some anatomical, and other neurologic. The most common causes are:


Diagnosis of urinary incontinence is generally based on history. Urine tests should be performed to rule out infectious causes, and bladder imaging is helpful in ruling out anatomical causes.


Treatment is directed at the underlying cause of urinary incontinence wherever possible.