What to Do About Dog Incontinence

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Urinary incontinence is a common issue encountered by many dogs, especially young and middle-aged ones, according to American Veterinarian. Urinary incontinence occurs when a dog loses control of the bladder. This can range in severity from occasional small urine leaks to inadvertent voiding of a large amount of urine. One of the first steps is to seek the advice of a vet to determine the cause. Puppies and younger dogs that have not been able to 'hold it' or have difficulty with housetraining may be evaluated differently than an older animal with incontinence. Possible behavorial conditions may also be assessed. 

What Causes Urinary Incontinence in Dogs?

Dripping urine, which can irritate the skin and cause redness, is one of the most recognizable symptoms of incontinence, as is excessive licking. Pet parents may also notice the area where the dog sleeps is contaminated with urine, according to Fetch by WebMD. Causes may include:

      • Hormonal imbalance

      • Weak bladder sphincter

      • Urinary track infection

      • Urinary stones

      • Spinal injury or degeneration (frequently seen in larger breeds)

      • Protruding intervertebral disc

      • Prostate disorders

      • Presence of other diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease

      • Congenital abnormalities

      • Anatomic disorders

      • Certain medications


Adding a new fluffy member to the family is very exciting, but potty training can be a stressful undertaking. Pet pads are a must-have accessory during potty training to keep floors and furniture as protected as possible from accidents. 

And don't forget about the chewing! A lot of chew toys, with the exception of rubber, may cause loose stools. In this case, pads are helpful as well. NorthShore offers a variety of sizes to accommodate small to large breeds.

Adult Dogs 

Many older dogs have medical conditions and take medications that may result in urinary and bowel incontinence. According to WebMD, “Treatment for incontinence will depend on its underlying cause. Medications can often effectively manage this condition and prevent everyday accidents. Some treatments focus on hormone therapy, while others ... control urine flow. Surgery also may be an option if medication alone doesn’t work. Collagen injections, a newer therapy for incontinence, appear to have promising results.”

How Can Pet Incontinence be Managed?

NorthShore Care Supply has been offering pet incontinence products for many years and offers a variety of accessories to help pet owners and pets. Our products are recommended for the protection of homes and to help with pet cleanup. Items range from pads and waste disposal bags to underpads and other accessories.

Pet & Puppy Pads

NorthShore offers pet and puppy pads in light, moderate and heavy absorbencies in a variety of colors and sizes, including Ultra Large with a capacity of up to 65 ounces. The pads can also be used to protect the interior of cars.

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NorthShore Premium Puppy Pads, Green

NorthShore's green puppy pads are available in the 36" X 36" (Ultra Large size) and absorb up to 40 ounces of fluid. These are known for their coverage and absorbency. These are ideal for pets that are managing heavy urinary incontinence.

"The puppy pads are very absorbent and a perfect size." Dorsi K., New Mexico Resident, NorthShore Customer

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NorthShore Premium Puppy Pads, Peach

NorthShore's peach puppy pads are available in two common sizes  (large and ultra large); ideal for multiple or larger dogs.

"I couldn't do without these pads as I'm gone a lot! I place the pads around the house and my dogs (4 small) use them whenever they need to go. Pads are a lifesaver." Xandic T., Texas Resident, NorthShore Customer

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NorthShore Premium Puppy Pads, Blue

These top-selling pads are ideal for potty training puppies or smaller dogs. They are available in two popular sizes: 17" X 24" (small) and 23" X 36" (large). Use them on the floor, crate, furniture or in the car while traveling.

"Pads are thin but have not leaked, even with my adult Yorkies. I am very pleased with this purchase and will re-order when I get low on my supply." Amy T., Florida Resident, NorthShore Customer

Whether you have a new puppy or a senior dog, there are options, price ranges and sizes available. NorthShore also offers various absorbencies to fit canine needs.

Check out the full line of Pet Products online and protect flooring, furniture, large surfaces and make cleanup easier.