How to Prevent Dogs From Peeing in Their Sleep

by Tom Ryan
    His muscles may relax too much while he sleeps.

    His muscles may relax too much while he sleeps.

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    If your dog urinates in his sleep, it isn't because he lacks discipline -- it's because he needs help. While you can reduce the risk and severity of a sleeping accident with exercise and habit-forming, it's going to take more than that to completely lick this problem. Only your veterinarian can offer all the know-how and tools that you and your dog need to beat incontinence once and for all.

    Step 1

    Take your dog for an extended walk before he settles in for a nap. This gives him ample opportunity to empty his bladder, and the exercise will help him sleep better.

    Step 2

    Monitor and track any other unusual urinary habits your dog may have. For example, if he drinks an excessive amount of water or demonstrates other symptoms of incontinence, like dribbling urine, these could add up to something more serious.

    Step 3

    Take your dog to the vet with your findings. While sleeping incontinence alone may indicate a simple weak bladder, when paired with other symptoms, it could indicate a more serious condition. Your vet will analyze your dog's condition, and possibly request a urine sample, before prescribing a course of treatment. In the case of weak bladder, your dog will most likely be given a prescription medication that will strengthen his bladder muscles, allowing him to "hold it in" while he sleeps.


    • Replace his bed linens after an accident. His incontinence is not his fault, and you should never punish him by forcing him to lie in his own mess.


    • Unless your vet recommends it, do not attempt to prevent sleep incontinence by restricting your dog's access to water.

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    About the Author

    Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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