Why Do Female Dogs Drip Pee?
Dripping pee can be caused by a number of different issues in female dogs. What’s more, certain dog breeds tend to have this issue more than others. But no matter what, it may be an indication of an underlying health condition that must be treated by a vet.
What Causes a Female Dog to Leak Urine?
Leaking urine is also called urinary incontinence. The problem is that your dog probably has no control when she drips pee. She may not even be aware of the issue. But what can cause a female dog to leak urine?
Here are some of the most common reasons a female dog may drip pee:
Urinary tract infection (UTI): is caused by irritation and inflammation at any point in the urinary tract. This can cause urinary incontinence or leaking urine.
Weak bladder muscles: can be caused by giving birth or other conditions that cause the bladder muscles to become weak and drip pee.
Hormone depletion: female dogs that have been spayed may experience estrogen depletion, leading to urine leakage. The condition can sometimes be found in older dogs who don’t produce as much estrogen as when they were younger.
Medication side effects: certain medications may cause a female dog to drip pee.
Congenital defects: such as ectopic ureters or other abnormalities, may cause a female dog to leak urine.
Nerve damage: may cause urine to leak if the spinal cord or other nerves (that control the bladder) are damaged or compressed.
Dog Breeds at Higher Risk of Urinary Leakage
Here are the dog breeds that are at increased risk of developing urine leakage issues:
- English Springer Spaniels
- German Shepherds
- Doberman Pinschers
- Old English Sheepdogs
- Bearded Collies
Treatment of Female Dogs Leaking Pee
Treatment of urine leakage in female dogs depends on the cause. For instance, if your dog has UTI, the vet may prescribe antibiotics and other medications to get rid of the infection and treat other symptoms. In some cases, surgery or changes in diet may be needed, such as with bladder stones. And if a medication is causing your female dog to drip pee, it will be necessary for the vet to stop that drug and find an alternative.
So, if your female dog has a dripping pee problem, be sure to call the vet! They may have a way to stop this problem so your fur baby can be more comfortable!