Dog Bladder Leaking

by Anonymous Reader

We have a 7 yr old lab/retriever mix which was spayed at a very early age. She leaks but it does not seem to be urine. It is clear and has no odor and it is not a new problem with her. She does not do this on a regular basis so we thought it might be linked to things she has.

A few years back we would give her ice cubes - which she enjoys very much - and stopped thinking this may somehow be causing it. I have given her peanut butter in her kong toy for the last two days (just a little amount) and she has been leaking for the past 4 hours. It starts out as little dribbles here and there and then gets to the point of being noticeable enough that she gets up and moves.

She also knows when she is doing this because she will suddenly get up and try to smell her hind end.

My question is: can some kind of foods cause this?

Editor Suggestion Dog Bladder Leaking


I doubt that your dog’s food is to blame for her leaking. I can’t say for sure without examining her, but your dog’s history fits well with a problem we often see in middle aged to older, large breed, spayed female dogs. Low hormone levels in these girls can cause the muscles that hold urine in the bladder to weaken to the point where urine will leak out.

The first thing to do is to bring her to your vet to rule out a dog urinary tract infection or other problem that might be to blame. If she gets a clean bill of health, your vet can prescribe a medication that should greatly improve your dog’s condition.

Good luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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