Course Overview

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Urinary Incontinence: When Good Dogs Leak is a free course designed to help the veterinary practice team understand the factors related to urinary incontinence. Often, clients are uninformed and assume their pet has broken housetraining or is "doing it out of spite, when in fact there is a medical cause.

Each team member has a role in the process. While the attending veterinarian is responsible for the diagnosis and the treatment plan, it is crucial that the entire medical team has a strong understanding of the possible causes of the condition, and from there a solid grasp of the protocols of a sound treatment plan. The veterinarian cannot do it alone. In addition, educating the client is vital to establishing good compliance and often the client relies on team members to help clarify confusing information. When the practice speaks as a team the client is better able to understand, make decisions and comply with the treatment plan.

Urinary Incontinence: When Good Dogs Leak summarizes the canine female bladder and describes common neurologic, non-neurologic and anatomical abnormalities that may cause or contribute to urinary incontinence. Correct identification of the underlying abnormality is critical to the success of treating this frustrating condition, along with the development of an effective treatment plan.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 3 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Non-interactive Distance; Program Number 57-44835.


Content Author

Sheri Ross, DVM, PhD, DACVIM


Participation Access Parameters

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Participants log in at times convenient to personal schedules.

Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting. However, participants who do not access the course for 30 consecutive days will be processed as incomplete. Any activity within the course will reset to the full 30 days time allotment.

Participants who are unable to complete a course may re-enroll at their convenience.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

This course is designed for all members of the veterinary team who wish to improve their understanding of urinary incontinence, diagnostics and treatment options.

After completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the clinical symptoms associated with urinary incontinence
  • Explain the anatomy of a normal canine female bladder and describe the normal neurologic control of micturition
  • Recognize the storage and voiding phases of urination
  • Assess the abnormal causes of urination
  • Identify clinical symptoms associated with upper and lower motor neuron bladders
  • Explain reflex dyssynergia, ectopic ureters, vestibulovaginal stenosis and urge incontinence
  • Identify and diagnose urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence
  • Observe patients for a recessed vulva, urine scalding, staining or odor during a complete physical exam
  • Identify potential comorbid conditions that could be associated with urinary incontinence
  • Describe the role estrogen plays in urinary incontinence
  • Evaluate therapeutic drugs used to treat urinary incontinence and identify potential side effects associated with each
  • Compare and contrast surgical procedures available to treat urinary incontinence


Course Completion Requirements

  • Examination: Students must complete the course examination with a score of 80% or better

  • Course Survey: Students are required to complete the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the student will be automatically marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The student will have immediate access to the certificate.

Students who do not access the course for 30 consecutive days will be processed as incomplete.


Participant Feedback

...surgical procedures. We don't do them in our practice and this is the first time I heard about the Hydraulic Occluder Cuffs.

...Understanding the causes of incontinence to help me talk with owners and to reassure them there are options and a good chance of a level of success they can live with in their home

...I liked that in addition to explaining the medications for treating incontinence, dosages were also given.

...Excellent overview of the drugs used and of USMI. Good review of indications for cytoscopy/surgical treatments.

...I appreciated the clinical applications and information that can be conveyed directly to my clients.

...The information on how to explain complicated terminology and processes to clients was very helpful to me. I feel like this is where a lot of vets and technicians go wrong. The customers understanding of the information is the most important detail because they are the ones who will be caring for and paying for any procedures on the patient. All decisions and compliance is in their hands.

...the method of action of all of the varying medications was very helpful to me...

...Treatment options - the non-DES estrogen medications and urethral cuffs are new since I graduated.

...Understanding the causes of incontinence to help me talk with owners and to reassure them there are options and a good chance of a level of success they can live with in their home.

...I have a better general understanding of urinary incontinence and how the bladder/urethra connection influences incontinence.

...Learning the anatomy of the female dog helped visualized how the problems arises.

...I am really appreciative of the on-demand nature of this course and the ability to pause and come back.

...course material available as PDF - easy to save/print and keep as future reference material. Ability to study anywhere without having to be online.



Price: FREE