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How to express your dog’s bladder

It is natural to feel panicked and overwhelmed when you get the news that your dog has lost its ability to control its bladder. Often the condition is just temporary, but other times dogs lose control permanently due to disease or aging.

Fortunately, with a little patience and instruction, it is not difficult to learn to express your dog’s bladder, and the task can become just like any other routine part of your day.

Watch the videos below for a demonstration on how to express the bladders of both female and male dogs. We recommend having your veterinary professional demonstrate these techniques prior to trying them.


This information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. Washington State University assumes no liability for injury to you or your pet incurred by following these descriptions or procedures.