Puppy bladder problems

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Puppy bladder problems
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Puppies have limited control of their bladders as a general rule. But certain conditions, such as bladder infections, birth defects and behavioural problems can make a puppy's weak bladder even more prone to accidents.


Bladder infections in puppies can be caused by changes in hormones, low quality dog food, lack of adequate protein and not having enough water. Additionally, some breeds of dogs are simply more likely to develop bladder infections than others. Early stages of bladder infections can be treated with an increase in water or broth and by adding vitamin C to the puppy's diet, but infections that last longer than two days require veterinary treatment.

Birth Defects

Certain birth defects, such as ectopic ureters, may cause puppies to develop incontinence, meaning that they will be unable to control their urination. Female dogs as well as Siberian Huskies, Collies, Welsh Corgis, Miniature Poodles and Labrador Retrievers are among the breeds most likely affected. Birth defects need to be treated by a vet, and will often require antibiotics or surgery to solve the condition.


Excitement urination is caused when the puppy becomes so excited that it loses control of its bladder and is not actually aware it is urinating. Another behavioural issue with puppy bladders is submissive urination, which is the puppy's way of showing respect for a higher ranking member of its pack. Both of these behavioural types of bladder problems can be curbed with the proper training and patience.

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