Incontinence in dogs

Corn silk was first documented for use in treating incontinence by the Incans in Central America, this is an old and reliable remedy that has proven results in canines as well as humans.

There are many different names for it including Indian corn to Maize Silk, corn silk comes from the corn plant itself and is derived from the “silk” at the top of an ear of corn and is usually discarded.

Because corn silk contains proteins, carbs, vitamins, fibre, and minerals, it has many uses with properties of many diuretics as well, plus there is evidence that it can aid in inflammation.

Dog with urinary incontinence have been effectively treated both natural silk from an ear of corn as well as corn silk supplements. 

Corn Silk Capsules are often recommended for use in dogs with bladder or urinary infections due to its function as a mild diuretic. It will improve and increase the output of urine in your dog, but it will accomplish this without increasing or contributing to any irritation.

Incontinence can occur for many reasons, including urinary tract infections, bladder stones, congenital structural defects, spinal cord disease, and excess water intake. Older dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs with neurological problems may develop a weak bladder sphincter. These causes of incontinence can affect dogs of both genders, whether intact or neutered.

When additional symptoms such as frequent urination, painful urination, trying to urinate without success, or blood in the urine are seen, then urinary tract infection (UTI) or stones are likely. It’s worth remembering that about 20% of UTIs will not show up on urinalysis alone, so it’s important to do a urine culture to rule out infection.

Neurological problems should be suspected when signs such as weakness in the rear, stumbling or incoordination are present. Ectopic ureters are the most common cause of incontinence in young female dogs (under a year); they are uncommon in males.

Most causes of incontinence other than weak bladder sphincter can be identified from a urinalysis and urine culture, but sometimes it is necessary to see a specialist. Additional tests that can be done to find the cause of incontinence include X-rays or ultrasound to look for bladder stones or structural defects, dye contrast studies, and exploratory surgery.

In addition to being a problem for the owner who has to clean up after a leaky dog, incontinence can be very distressing to dogs that are housebroken, and can also lead to urinary tract infections, vaginitis, and sometimes skin ulcers caused by urine scald and licking.

Incontinence should be suspected as a contributing factor in dogs with recurrent bladder or vaginal infections and it’s very important to keep the dog clean and to get the incontinence under control, if at all possible. Wipes can be used to keep the skin clean, and will also soothe irritation, as does aloe vera gel

Corn silk is widely seen as a relatively safe product to use for dogs and humans alike, but there are some possible side effects and precautions,

Corn silk should not be used in large doses in pregnant

Corn silk can affect blood sugar levels and therefore not suitable for dogs with diabetes.

Corn silk can affect the potassium levels in the blood which can cause itching and the appearance of a rash.

Now available in store BB Herbal Corn Silk Capsules 

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