Acupuncture was used to treat urinary incontinence in a bitch

By Dr. Diana Bartolo


Urinary Incontinence (UI), defined as the involuntary loss of urine during the filling phase of the bladder is a commonly seen problem in veterinary practice. Urinary sphincter mechanism incompetence (USMI) after spaying is the most common micturition disorder. 1 Although medical treatment is normally successful there are potential side effects and it usually means the dog will have to take medication for the rest of its life.

In the majority of the cases, history, physical examination and simple tests including urinalysis and urine bacterial culture lead to a presumed diagnostic. 1

In this case a young female dog with an history of several months of USMI was successfully treated with two dry needle acupuncture therapy sessions within a week without any other therapy used.

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