As animals age or if they were spayed or neutered at an inappropriate age, they may begin to lose bladder control - urinary incontinence. You may find wet places in the bed, on the carpet, or on the couch, or they may "dribble" while walking. Sometimes you may only see them licking themselves in attempt to get rid of the escaping urine or to hide the scent.
Often a lack of estrogen or testosterone is causing the problem. Synthetic estrogen may help, but they also have the potential to weaken the immune system.
Diet and Nutritional Supplements
Foods that strengthen the kidneys or bladder, as well as the muscles in general, such as oats, chicken, and lamb kidney, may be added to the dogs diet. Adding 1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh kale and parsley to the dog's food will help strengthen the kidneys too.
Herbal Remedies for Canine Incontinence
Schizandra fruit is known as the "five-flavor seed" in Chinese medicine and acts as an "astringent" to hold the urine where it belongs and help curtail leaking. It is available in many health food stores and Chinese pharmacies. Use 5 drops of the tincture dissolved in 1/2 ounce of water, giving 1/2 to 2 teaspoons twice daily depending on the size of your dog.
Mullein leaf, using 1/2 teaspoon to 1 cup of boiled water, cover and steep for 20 minutes, helps to tone bladder muscles, especially if a low-grade infection is suspected. Give 2 tablespoons of the diluted mix after the evening meal and before the last walk of the day.