Does your paraplegic dog have trouble with urine scald? It’s a frustrating underlying problem for many dogs with spinal disease and spinal injuries. Urine scald can be difficult to treat and prevent, but there are techniques you can use to relieve your dog’s discomfort.
Paralyzed dogs are extremely prone to urinary incontinence. It happens for several different reasons that depend on where the source of their spinal problem lies. Dogs with lesions or injuries at the waist or higher will have “excessive bladder tone” and need to have their bladder manually expressed at least 3 times a day. If it is not expressed on a regular basis, these dogs face the problem of an overflowing bladder or an over-stretched bladder which can lead to urine scald and urinary tract infections. This was the type of incontinence my dog, Sophie, had. I’ve written before about how I expressed her bladder 4 times a day and about our schedule. You can read about it here: Prevent Urinary Tract Infections In Paralyzed Dogs.
Dogs with problems in their lower spine lose the tone in their bladder and suffer from leakage and constant dripping. These dogs are even more prone to urine scald and urinary tract infections. Regular manual emptying of the bladder is extremely beneficial for these dogs. It keeps leakage to a minimum and prevents the bladder from filling and overflowing.