Q. My female Aust. Shepherdcan't control her bladder. She urinates while sleeping and leaks all of the time. Is this a genetic problem with breed?
A. Urine incontinence can be due to several problems. Most often it affects older, spayed bitches and it is caused by lack of hormones. If urine incontinence happens to a young dog then often it is caused by anatomical abnormalities of urinary tract that the dog was born with. Finally, it is not uncommon that dogs that have excessive thirst appears incontinent when the real problem is excessive drinking. So, it may be genetic problem with your dog if is she is young but is more likely to be related to other issues.