What’s causing the puddles?

All dog owners know accidents happen from time to time. But if they’re occurring more frequently, those accidents could be a sign of something more serious.

There are a number of possible causes for a dog to urinate in the house. Some of these reasons may be behavior-related, such as anxiety, a lack of housetraining, or urine marking, while others could be an indication of a medical condition.

Before you let your frustration and worries get the best of you, you should know that many medical issues can be easily treated. But don’t delay taking your pet to the veterinarian. The sooner the problem is identified, the sooner both of your lives can get back to normal.

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Medical or behavioral issue?

Pay attention to how your dog acts, and when and where the accidents happen.

Canine Urinary Incontinence

Frequent Urination

Submissive Urination

Urine Marking


  • Weakened muscles of the urethral sphincter
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Urinary stones
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Prostate disorders
  • Some medications
  • Anxiety
  • Excitement
  • Anxiety
  • Social/territorial triggers
  • Nonresident dogs in their environment

Where and when do accidents happen

  • Wets when relaxed or asleep
  • Usually unaware that they’ve soiled
  • Voids small amounts of urine frequently
  • Urinates during greetings, play, physical contact, or scolding
  • Passes small amounts when she is upset or in a stressful situation
  • Urinates small amounts on vertical surfaces, though may also occur on horizontal surfaces

Most commonly seen in

  • Middle-aged and older spayed females
  • More common in mid-size and larger breeds
  • Can occur in dogs of all ages and breeds
  • Some breeds are more susceptible to certain conditions than others
  • Puppies
  • Adult dogs, especially those who lack confidence
  • Males and females of all ages and breeds
  • More prevalent with reproductively intact dogs


  • PROIN, an FDA-approved, chewable, tablet
  • Doggie diapers
  • Varies based on condition
  • Dog will likely outgrow the condition
  • Reduce stress-provoking interactions
  • Don’t bend over the dog or make direct eye contact
  • Teach the dog to ask to go outside
  • Consider contacting a dog trainer or canine behaviorist
  • Neuter or spay your dog
  • Thoroughly clean previously marked locations
  • Restrict access to things the dog is likely to mark
  • Consider contacting a dog trainer or canine behaviorist

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: For oral use in dogs only. Not for human use. Keep out of reach of children. If accidentally ingested by humans, contact a physician immediately. The most commonly reported side effects were vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, excessive salivation, agitation, tiredness, vocalization, confusion, increased water consumption, weight loss, weakness, fever, panting, and reversible changes in skin color (flushing or bright pink). Abnormal gait, seizures or tremors, as well as liver enzyme elevations, kidney failure, blood in urine and urine retention have been reported. In some cases death, including euthanasia has been reported. Sudden death was sometimes preceded by vocalization or collapse. Instances of dogs chewing through closed vials of PROIN and eating the vial contents have been reported, in some cases resulting in overdose. Keep the product in a secured storage area out of the reach of pets in order to prevent accidental ingestion or overdose, as dogs may willingly consume more than the recommended dosage of PROIN Chewable tablets. Contact your veterinarian immediately if the dog ingests more tablets than prescribed or if other pets ingest PROIN Chewable tablets. PROIN may cause elevated blood pressure and should be used with caution in dogs with pre-existing heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, kidney insufficiency, diabetes, glaucoma, and other conditions associated with high blood pressure. The safe use of PROIN in dogs used for breeding purposes, during pregnancy or in lactating bitches, has not been evaluated. Contact your veterinarian if you notice restlessness or irritability, loss of appetite, the incontinence persists or worsens or any other unusual signs. See prescribing information for complete details regarding adverse events, warning and precautions or visit prnpharmacal.com.
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