Title:Urinary incontinence in bitches after spaying
Andersen, Sanne Lundahl
The exact reason and pathogenesis for development of UI in spayed bitches is not yet completely understood. We can understand several of the different changes in the body caused by the gonadectomy, and what affect they might have on the organ systems. However, we cannot say exactly why USMI develops in some bitches, and not in others. The risk of developing UI after spaying is relatively high (up to 20%) and should be considered and informed about when making the decision to spay the bitch. Considering previous studies and information, we cannot eliminate or significantly lower this risk by performing the surgery at an early age.