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4 products to expunge the worry of canine incontinence
A veterinary practitioner's picks for turning this irritating condition into triumph.
Help clients avoid the cleanup with these products. (Getty Images)
When it comes to urinary incontinence, especially difficult cases, big dogs, or paralyzed dogs, when you make life easier on pet owners then you have a higher chance of maintaining the human-animal bond and getting the pet the care she needs. Here are my four product recommendations that help push the easy button on urinary incontinence.
Liver-flavored tablets to the rescue
Despite the different incontinent medication options out there, phenylpropanolamine (PPA) is still the mainstay of treatment. Proin Chewable Tablets will tighten the urethral muscles, eliminate leaking and help you feel like a superhero. Furthermore, new studies show that if it appears to be ineffective, it may need to be dosed less frequently. Who doesn't love that?
Collect some drips while catching some Zs
SleePee Time Bed from Walkin' Pets, specifically designed for incontinent dogs, is simply brilliant. The sleeping surface is mesh, allowing urine to flow through to a removable tray underneath. Clean-up is super easy-just spray and wipe the mesh surface. This bed keeps incontinent dogs clean, dry and comfortable.
Wiggles not discouraged
Diapers and belly bands are great, but what if your patient is a diaper Houdini? Pet Suspenders from Walkin' Pets make it darn near impossible for a dog to wriggle or scratch off incontinence aids.
A respite for sore skin
Urine scald due to incontinence is a chronic problem in pets that are paralyzed. Vetericyn Wound and Skin Care is available OTC and contains no alcohol, antibiotics or steroids. It's safe if licked off or ingested and is a great product to have on hand in case of urine scald.
Fetch dvm360 educator Dr. Sarah Wooten graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. A member of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists, Dr. Wooten divides her professional time between small animal practice in Greeley, Colorado, public speaking on associate issues, leadership, and client communication, and writing. She enjoys camping with her family, skiing, scuba and participating in triathlons.