It’s common for dogs to become incontinent with age.  It’s also common that your old friend has no idea and is just as surprised as you are that his bed is wet.

The following natural options have proven successful for other owners and could also help your old timer.

Keep in mind that all dogs are different and every supplement or remedy doesn’t work for every dog. If one doesn’t work, move on to the next!

Natural Remedies for the Incontinent Dog

  • A regimen of Resources Incontinence Support chewable tablets in conjunction with 2 parts plain Greek yogurt with 1 part Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar seems to work well for many (example for large dogs 2 tablespoons yogurt and 1 tablespoon of Braggs) if a bladder infection is involved.
  • Rub wheat germ on your dog’s belly weekly. I know what you’re thinking, but what can I say; it was recommended by a holistic vet and it worked really well  for Jane’s dog. 🙂
  • Causticum helps roughly 50% of dogs and if it’s going to work, the results will be immediate.  If you don’t see results right away, it’s believed that it’s not going to work.  Dosage is 6 or 12C once daily for five days, then as needed.  However, Causticum 200C is recommended for dogs with who have incontinence due to arthritic issues or paralysis.  Give on pellet (without touching) before bed one evening, give in the morning again, then before bed again. Then once weekly.
  • Cornsilk is another remedy that many of you may already know about. But, if you’re not aware of how to use it for incontinence, you can read more here.
  • One owner says that cornsilk combined with NatureVet Bladder Support works well for their medium size lab mix. You can learn more here.
  • incontinence formula for dogsLyssa shared that adding MSM to her dog’s daily diet worked well for her 45 lb. lab.  She started her on 500mg a day, and cut back to 250mg.  However, her leaking wasn’t too bad to begin with.  If you decide on MSM, I would use this form from Bulk Supplements brand which is completely natural.  It’s powder form, so 1/8tsp. would be equivalent to 500mg. MSM may also help with joint pain.

Known Causes

  • Tumor or growth that interferes with the bladder sphincter.
  • A Ectopic Ureter is something that typically happens in younger dogs who were born with faulty urinary tract system.  Typically the ureters connect to the bladder, but in the case of a ectopic ureter, they can connect to the uterus, vagina or urethra.  You can read more here.
  • Bladder stones can cause urine leakage.
  • Spaying (according to Dr. Dobias, many of these dogs are overstretched on the surgery table).
  • Excitability (happy to see you).
  • Periodically, steroids can cause leaking.
  • Dobias also suggests that hyperactive adrenal glands can occasionally cause bladder leakage for dogs.
  • Old age and muscle weakness.


So, it’s best to first identify what, if anything is causing your dog to wet his bed.  You should rule out serious issues by seeing a holistic vet first, before determining that it’s simply old age.

It’s embarrassing for dogs; they know it’s wet where they were laying, but they can’t understand why either.

So, be patient and kind to your old friend.  And please, if there’s something that you have tried and it stopped your dog’s urine leaking; share it here, so that someone else can try it on their own dog.

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  • Susan Hamilton

    Causticum really did work for my dog. She doesn’t have any cancer or health issues or anything like that, it seems to just be the incontinence that comes with age. But I started her on causticum and she has much fewer “accidents” now.

  • Sandra

    Back injuries can also cause incontinence.

  • Mary Ann

    What might help for urinary incontinence for a 13 year old dog with Cushing’s disease? The incontinence has just started and is sporadic but problematic. I hate to start her on drugs.

  • Pamela

    I have a 4 year old rescue that has spay incontinence.

    I tried every remedy out there, and Solaray female caps are the ONLY thing that works for her. She is 65lbs, I give her 1 capsule a day with breakfast.

    I also give her 1 tsp of ground flaxseed twice a day. I have been doing this for a while, about 6 mos and while I tried to give the female caps only every other day, she started to leak again.

    Is this product safe to give every day long term? For the life of the dog if necessary? My vet looked over the ingredients and said it was ok, but I’m concerned about long term.

    Thank you for your help.

    • janie

      Hi Pamela:

      The ingredients look fine to me as well since most are herbal and in glandular form. If you want, you can try cutting back the dosage daily. Play around with it and see how 1/2 capsule works for her daily. If it doesn’t work, I would just continue the one capsule daily.

      Best of luck to you and your big girl and you’re very welcome!


  • Stephanie

    I have an 18month old female that has spay incontinence. Is there a specific remedy for young dogs that I should try? She doesn’t dribble all the time or at least it’s not noticeable. But there are times when she leaves little puddles. The vet prescribed proin (I think that’s how it’s spelled), but I’d like it if she was on something natural to start with. She’s 47pounds and is a mixed breed. Thanks for any info or help.

    • janie

      Hi Stephanie:

      I’m sorry to hear about dog’s incontinence. This is way too common in spayed dogs.

      I would try a raw gland concentrate like Solaray Female Caps giving 1/4 capsule for every ten pounds for thirty days and see if it helps. Here’s the product on Amazon: Solaray Female Caps. You can also try adding 1 level teaspoon of ground flaxseed per cup of food. Go slow with this since it will cause diarrhea.

      I hope this helps.


  • Tania

    For my 18 1/2 year old Australian cattle dog w incontinence for the last 5 years we had almost no incontinence using Proin 25 twice a day mixed into her food. Also she gets urinary tract infections often the past year so we have been getting very very successful results w/ giving her Apawthecary Tinkle Tonic 2 to 3 times a day (squirt directly into mouth, yhey usually won’t eat if mixed in their food), depending on how often she pees inside and can’t hold it to go out. We have noticed that in her now very senior years we have to give her these twice a day everyday and if we miss a couple in a row then she pees in her bed or in the house and then she gets really sad and confused :(.
    The other 2 supplements are: 500 mg Vitamin C Ester and Cranactin (1 capsule twice a day) mixing it in her food Once in the morning and once in the evening, as per our homeopathic vet, Dr Michael Dym, out of West Palm, Florida. He’s a true healer! Read the book ‘Beyond Flat Earth‘ before calling him for a consultation. He has prolonged my dog and cats lives, miracles do come true but you have to be in tune w the basics of homeopathy first. Hope this helps someone. Our dog has normal old age problems of arthritis and problems getting up and down but, other than that she just got a clean bill of health from our local vet here in Brooklyn NY. They couldn’t believe how good she is doing. Good nutrition, lots of supplements and a really good homeopath that is also a western vet are working for our girl. We are very lucky, we know.

    • janie

      Hi Tania:

      Thanks so much for sharing your story about your old girl. I LOVE it! Here at, I’m always pushing my readers towards holistic veterinarians and homeopathic meds.

      So, it’s always nice to hear from someone else that can back up what we tell them here. 🙂 With regards to her pain of getting up and down, you might consider a Chiropractor in your area that works on pets. Adjusting the spine in dogs can help tremendously with many issues besides pain.

      Thanks again and keep up the great work!


    • mhikl

      Tania, you might try giving your dog magnesium and celery. I make my own magnesium water for my dog and me. This supports the heart and seems to strengthen the bladder; and intensity of urine flow.
      Celery should be raw and fine grated or pulverized. This works for humans so I tried it on my 16 y/o Corgi Pem. When I forget, she has her mistakes. I just mix it into her BARF diet.
      Namaste and care,

  • Kaminska Zakrzewska

    I really love this natural treatment. I thought we would have to put our 3 year old dog on a hormone medication for her incontinence issue. After having used this product I am a believer that homeopathic remedies really work!

    • yourolddog

      Hi Kaminska:

      Thanks for sharing! Can you tell me which natural homeopathic remedy you used for your dog’s incontinence that worked?


  • Kathy

    I took my dog for acupuncture. It worked like a charm. She had 4 sessions. It started working after the first one, but I gave her a few more sessions just to be sure.

    • yourolddog

      Hi Kathy:

      Thanks so much for sharing that acupuncture worked for your girl’s incontinence! We haven’t used it ourselves for our dogs for urinary issues, but we have used it combined with raindrop therapy for arthritis and it worked wonderfully for our Doberman.

      Thanks again!!


  • Carol Lee

    hi, I’m from Hong Kong living in “tiny” apartment without backyard. My dog used to go outdoor for urination and faeces, and tried to tolerate it until we bring her out. Will this habit cause incontinence? Thank you! Carol

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Carol:

      I’m not quite sure I understand what you’re saying. You live in a tiny apartment and you don’t take her out frequently? How often do you take her out?



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