Fri Feb 23 19:58:14 PST 2001


Some older animals that have been house-trained for years, begin to have 
"accidents" in the house. They may dribble a bit occasionally or wake with 
some urine around them where they were sleeping. Others may only leak a bit 
when excited.

The first thing that needs to be done is to take the animal to a veterinarian 
and have them check for a kidney or bladder infection. Skeletal misalignments 
can also cause incontinence. Once these things a ruled out, consider if your 
friend may be deliberately urinating in the house to get your attention. This 
would not be the case if your animal is just dribbling a bit, but if there 
are other behavioral changes, you may want to contact an animal communicator 
to understand the issue causing the behavior.

Once acute physical causes or behavior issues have been ruled out, you can
probably assume that the cause is physical in nature due to the age of the 
animal. Older female dogs sometimes leak due to having been spayed. Males can 
have troubles due to an enlarged prostate. Cats can have bladder control 
problems due to repeat infections in the past and catheterizations. Another 
consideration is if the animal is confused or has trouble getting to the 
litterbox or outdoors in time. More boxes in the house and keeping a close 
eye on your dog's need to go out can help.

To support an older animal's system it is vital to have them on a natural 
diet. Synthetic additions of preservatives or flavor enhancers in commercial 
foods may be contributing to an irritated urinary system. Allergies to the 
additives may also be part of the problem. Dry food should never be fed.

Avoid yeast and milk products in the diet as well as organ meats like liver.

A teaspoon of honey in a cup of barley water will soothe the bladder and a 
teaspoon of wheat germ oil added to the food may help as well. Apple cider 
vinegar is a urinary tract antiseptic and will add needed potassium. Some 
vegetables that can be used in the natural diet include carrots, parsley, 
asparagus, squash, broccoli, zucchini, dandelion, yams and green beans.  
Tamari can be added to supplement amino acids.  (Better yet, use Bragg's 
Liquid Amino Acids -- even better for you than Tamari, but tastes similar, 
only lighter.)

Other supplements that will assist the health of your animal's urinary tract 
include using a B supplement in place of any yeast supplements and adding 
vitamin C to bowel tolerance. Calcium and magnesium should be included.  
Vitamins A and D, as found in cod liver oil. These will help with bladder 
function and heal internal organs and membranes. Vitamin E in double doses 
will reduce bladder scars and assist in internal healing. Zinc improves 
bladder function also and Evening Primrose Oil is a hormone balancer.

In female animals that have been spayed, hormones may be deficient and the
following herbs can assist. Licorice root, wild yam and dong quai are natural 
estrogens. A few drops of the tincture can be added to the animals food and 
increased gradually each week until the incontinence stops.  Gradually wean 
the animal back to none. This course should take at least a month. Corn silk 
is also recommended to assist in incontinence cases.

In order to have the animal empty its bladder completely when urinating, use
oatstraw, marshmallow, parsley, plantain, nettles or dandelion leaves.

Flower essences may also be used. To help older animals' urinary systems,
Helleborus and Redwood are recommended. To ease problems due to spaying,
mallow should be tried.

Homeopathically there are several suggested remedies to research further.  
Baryta carb can be used for older animals. Apis is for the animal who waits 
too long and can't make it to the litterbox or outdoors in time. For those 
dogs who dribble when you come home or when they are very excited, Causticum 
may be the right remedy. These remedies should be used daily until results 
are seen or an increase in the problem is noticed. Repeating the dose may be 

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