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I have an 11 year old male Maltese. He has been generally in

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Hi I have an 11 year old male Maltese . He has been generally in good health. Lately he occasionally doesn't hold his urine as well as he did. Occasionally he goes inside when he didn't before. Is this s normal part of aging? Thanks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

This unfortunately can be quite common in senior dogs

First, even though he is not showing any signs it would be advised to collect a first morning sample and rule out a urinary tract infection, blood or crystals in the urine. Some dogs will not show any other signs besides leaking

For more information on urinary incontinence in dogs:

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/symptoms/urinary-incontinence-in-dogs

Once a uti is ruled out there is a medication option to treat this problem

- Proin which is given once to twice daily. I always take a baseline blood pressure to ensure there is no issue before starting this medication because it can exacerbate hypertension if undiagnosed

This medication can be very effective for treating leakage issues by strengthening the urinary bladder sphincter so that when relaxed dogs do not urinate

Please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with in trying to control her urination issues

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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