It can be quite alarming to observe a trend in which your dog leaves odorless wet spots upon getting up. Once you notice this trend, you will want to know the reasons for the dog leaving odorless wet spots, and what to do about the problem. This article has the answers.
If a dog leaves odorless wet spot, that is usually a sign of urinary incontinence. It may be caused by an infection, such as a UTI. Or it may be due to a physiological illness affecting the muscles that control the bladder. It could also be due to psychological issues, such as stress and anxiety.
To understand the exact reason for the dog leaving odorless wet spots, there are several considerations to make.
Firstly, you may need to consider the dog’s gender. Thus if a male dog leaves odorless wet spot, the underlying reasons may be different from a case in which a female dog leaves odorless wet spot.
That may have different implications from a case in which the dog only leaves odorless wet spots, with no other apparent symptoms.
Even the dog’s breed could be worth considering. For instance, the case of a male GSD leaking clear odorless fluid during sleep/rest may be different from that of, say, a male Rottweiler doing the same.
The key thing to know is that you are dealing with dog urinary incontinence – also known as canine urinary incontinence.
What Exactly Is The Odorless Wet Spot That My Dog Leaves When He Gets Up?
If your dog leaves odorless wet spots upon getting up, the first thing you will want to know is what exactly the wet spots are made of.
The truth of the matter is that the odorless wet spots that the dog leaves are actually made of urine. This is typically highly diluted urine. The high dilution is what makes it ‘odorless’.
But there are people who find it hard to believe that it is actually urine. Most of us have been conditioned to believe that urine has to be smelly. And that it has to have a certain color.
This is why you sometimes find folks complaining of their dog wetting bed but not urine. This occurs because they don’t believe that urine can be odorless.
Indeed, if I found a clear odorless puddle around my male dog or female dog, it being urine may not be the first possibility that comes to mind.
This leads to a question on how to tell if wet spot is dog pee. And the way to do so may be simple: by dabbing it with tissue. If it causes a yellow (or somewhat yellow) stain, then it is urine.
So what makes it urine is its odorless nature. That implies it is highly dilute urine.
If the dog leaves smelly wet spots, things would be different. The question then would be, did my dog wet the bed or is this an anal gland issue?
But if what I am finding is a clear odorless puddle around my dog, I would know that it is highly dilute urine. This certainly also applies if my dog keeps leaving puddles of clear, odorless urine.
So the odorless wet spot is made of dilute urine.
What Does It Mean If A Dog Leaves Odorless Wet Spots?
So far, we have established that the wet odorless spot that the dog leaves is actually made of dilute urine. It is because of being dilute that the urine in this case is odorless.
The question that follows is on what it means, if a dog keeps on leaving such spots.
For instance, if the dog leaves wet spot on couch, and it is odorless, what does that mean? Or if the dog leaves wet patch on sofa, and it is odorless, what does it mean?
Now what a dog leaving odorless wet spots means is that the dog has urinary incontinence.
Even in the case of a dog leaving stains on bed, urinary incontinence would still be at play. That is as long as the stains are odorless.
A more obvious manifestation of this urinary incontinence would be that of the dog leaking urine when lying down.
A case in which a male dog leaves odorless wet spots upon getting up can admittedly be hard to attribute to urinary incontinence. That also applies for a case in which a female dog leaves odorless wet spots upon getting up.
The whole thing will usually get you wondering (and researching) on why is my dog leaving wet spots? And in all cases, you will keep on being pointed towards urinary incontinence.
The only case in which you may find other implications is if you have the dog leaving wet patches from mouth. Then it surely can’t be due to urinary incontinence.
But all those other cases point towards urinary incontinence. In fact, that would still be the likely cause, even in a case where a cat leaves odorless wet spot upon getting up.
Why Does My Dog Leave Odorless Wet Spots?
A situation in which one’s dog keeps on leaving wet odorless spots upon getting up can’t be ignored. One is bound to keep on asking, why is there a wet spot when my dog gets up? What is the underlying cause for it?
Now earlier, we said that the odorless wet spots that a dog leaves upon getting up are typically made up of dilute urine.
We went further to say that a dog leaving such odorless wet spots is usually indicative of urinary incontinence.
The next question then is on what would be causing the urinary incontinence. Yes, it is urinary incontinence – but is the reason for it?
As it turns out, the urinary incontinence could be due to an infection.
Further, the urinary incontinence could be due to one or another physiological illness.
And the urinary incontinence could also be due to a psychological problem.
In all these cases, due to the urinary incontinence, you find the dog leaving odorless wet spots.
Let us now look at the respective causes for urinary incontinence in dogs in turn.
Infection As A Reason For Dog Leaving Odorless Wet Spots
Perhaps the commonest reason for dogs leaving odorless wet spots is infection.
A dog that has a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) tends to develop urinary incontinence. That then causes the dog to start leaving odorless wet spots in its wake.
The urinary tract is quite long, and infections can develop anywhere along it.
It is no wonder that most literature on canine urinary incontinence causes and treatments focuses so much on UTIs.
If a UTI is indeed the cause for the dog leaving odorless wet spots, there may be other accompanying symptoms. Those include the dog having a tendency to pee too often.
They also include the dog showing signs of pain while peeing.
Thankfully, if infection is proved to be the reason for the dog leaving odorless wet spots, the solution is easy. It tends to be just a matter of putting the dog through a course of antibiotics, to resolve it.
Physiological Illness As The Reason For Dog Leaving Odorless Wet Spots
There are many physiological illnesses that may cause a dog to have urinary incontinence. The end result then becomes a situation in which the dog leaves the odorless wet spots.
See, there are certain muscles through which a dog is able to control its bladder. Any condition that affects these muscles may cause urinary incontinence.
Sometimes, you find the muscles that control the bladder getting weak due to hormonal imbalances. This is common in spayed female dogs. If you research on why does my female dog leaving wet spots, you will see many resources mentioning this.
At other times, you find the same muscles getting weak due to inflammation.
In male dogs, prostate enlargement (for whatever cause) may in turn bring about loss of proper function in the muscles that control the bladder. That in turn leads to urinary incontinence.
Dogs that have tumors – both benign and malignant – may have their bladder control muscles affected. And this too causes urinary incontinence…
Generally, if tests rule out the possibility of infection being the reason for urinary incontinence, we start thinking of these physiological illnesses.
Stress And Anxiety As The Reasons For Dog Leaving Odorless Wet Spots
There are cases in which the urinary incontinence that makes a dog leave wet odorless spots is neither due to infection nor due physiological illness.
In such cases, it may be due to stress and/or anxiety. A dog with such psychological problems like stress and anxiety sometimes loses proper bladder control.
What is stressing the dog may be being in a new place. Or it may be some sensory stimulation that is affecting it negatively. Even the debut of new people or other new pets may stress a dog enough to cause this.
You will normally find that the dog suddenly started leaving mysterious wet spots, following some trigger.
For most people, stress and anxiety are the last possible cause they will think, for urinary incontinence.
Usually, people prefer to start by entertaining the idea that the urinary incontinence is due to infection.
Upon ruling out infection, they consider the possibility of the urinary incontinence being due to physiological issues.
Then when physiological problems too are ruled out, the possibility of psychological problems is considered. And those are the likes of (intense) stress and anxiety.
My Dog Leaves Odorless Wet Spot – What To Do?
The right course of action to take, if your dog leaves odorless wet spots, depends on the reason behind it.
If it is due to infection, a vet can prescribe antibiotics for the dog. Once the dog completes the antibiotics course, the urinary incontinence problem should clear.
If the issue is due to physiological issues, they need to be diagnosed and (whenever possible) treated. Some are more easily treatable than others.
For instance, if the whole thing is due to hormonal imbalances, there are supplements that can be helpful. These can restore hormonal balance, thus getting the bladder control muscles to start working properly again.
But if it is due to tumors, hard decisions on whether or not to remove them have to be made… So it gets challenging.
If the urinary incontinence is due to stress or anxiety, you need to figure out what is causing it. Then get rid of it (or at least minimize/mitigate it), so that the dog stops being incontinent.
In practical terms, if the scenario in which the dog keeps on leaving odorless wet spots persists beyond a few days, just take the dog to a vet. The vet should help you in identifying the underlying problem, and possibly resolving it.
Final Verdict – Dog Leaves Odorless Wet Spot
If a dog leaves odorless wet spots, it usually indicates that the dog has some form of urinary incontinence.
The odorless wet spot that the dog leaves is actually made of urine. So this is urine that is so dilute that it doesn’t have an odor. But it is usually urine all the same.
The urinary incontinence that causes dogs to leave odorless wet spots can be due to infections: such as UTIs. It can also be due to physiological problems – including those of a neurological nature, tumors, prostate enlargement and so on.
Further, the urinary incontinence that causes dogs to leave odorless wet spots can be due to psychological problems. Stress and anxiety are usually to blame in this regard.
Generally, if the trend of the dog leaving odorless wet spots persists beyond a few days, it is best to take the dog to a vet. Upon examining the dog and diagnosing the underlying problem, the vet can initiate appropriate treatment.
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