Not only babies or children accidentally wet their beds, but dogs as well. There are many reasons for a dog to wet its bed while asleep. Bed wetting can be a serious problem and an inconvenience for the owner.
Dog Wetting Bed:
- Bed wetting is also otherwise known as sleep incontinence.
- While the dog is asleep, urine leaks from the bladder in small amounts or completely causing a pool to build up under the dog.
- Problems that can arise from bed wetting include skin rashes, bad odor, and wet bedding.
Causes for Dog Wetting Bed in Sleep at Night:
- Infections can cause the dog to lose control over its sphincter such as with a urinary tract infection.
- Spayed females are susceptible to losing bladder control due to hormonal changes.
- A weakened bladder sphincter due to congenital defects or age.
- Spinal injuries or disease that causes the loss of bladder sphincter control.
How to Stop Dog Wetting Bed:
- Determine the root cause by having the dog examined by a licensed veterinarian.
- Administer medications as prescribed depending on the diagnosis made.
- Do not allow the dog to sleep on the bed.
- Use dog diapers and put them on at night.
- Line the bed with moisture-resistant underpad to protect the bed and to keep the dog dry at all times.
- Limit amount of water intake before bedtime.
- Take the dog out for a bathroom break before bedtime.
- Take the dog out first thing after it wakes up for a bathroom break.
- Properly care for the dog with sleep incontinence to prevent complications:
- Check the surrounding area for rashes.
- Trim the fur around the rear end and the dog’s crotch to help prevent moisture build-up in the fur.
- Apply powder around the rear end and crotch to keep this area dry.