The one mistake almost every pet owner makes when a pet starts having accidents in the house - Dr. Marty Becker

The one mistake almost every pet owner makes when a pet starts having accidents in the house

Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

It’s enough to stop me from going on the Internet. I’m talking about the constant flow of people in email, on social media, and in comments on websites asking for and offering help for cats and dogs who start having accidents in the house without once mentioning the most likely cause of all: a medical problem.

Yes, sometimes a pet will start house-soiling due to behavior issues or cognitive problems. With cats, it can also be a behavior problem — yours, for not cleaning the litter box frequently enough!

But most of the time, when a previously house-dry cat or dog starts wetting inappropriately, the problem is a simple, treatable bladder infection, a urinary obstruction, or some other physical problem.

So the next time your pet soils in the house, or you see someone asking advice online, make sure seeing the vet is the first step toward fixing the problem!