Our expert says:
Incontinence in male dogs is fairly uncommon. It can happen especially following severe enlargement of the prostate, however since your dog is neutered, this is highly unlikely (unless you know that there was a problem with the prostate previously). Incontinence in the male dog can be treated with male hormone injections (testosterone injections, repeated as necessary) and this can be very successful. An oral treatment (phenylpropanolamine) can also be administered, but needs to be administered twice daily, every day to be effective. It sometimes is used in combination with testosterone injections. In some cases oestrogen can also be used, especially if other treatments were not found to be effective. These dogs often have urinary tract infections, in which case antibiotics are essential. Incontinence leads to urinary tract infections, and urinary tract infections worsen incontinence.
by the way, some dogs will only become incontinence when they are drinking vast or excessive amounts of water. This may be caused by other problems like excessive cortisone in the body, certain liver problems and diabetes. If your dog is not drinking excessively, it is probably typical incontinence.
Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
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