No control over her bladder? What in the world?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by BeccaB00, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Goodness gracious. Another problem. But this time it's not a behavior

    problem. My black lab, snow, 8 years old next month, she was laying on

    our front porch and just started peeing everywhere...she was just laying

    in it. like she didn't even know she peed..Any thoughts why? I'm sure it's an

    easy answer...But I've basically turned ANY question I have to BYC.. we've been

    letting her on the enclosed porch at night time, and somtimes through-out the

    day, depending on what SHE wants to do, and we've been noticing her covers

    are soking wet. Now we have the answer why. [​IMG] gahh I hate those times

    when everything seems to go wrong. Please, tell me any thoughts about why she

    has no control over her bladder. [​IMG]

    thanks
    Becca
     
  2. BlacksheepCardigans

    BlacksheepCardigans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Spay incontinence. VERY common in b.itches her age. Go see your vet about putting her on Proin, which helps them tighten the muscles back up and control the incontinence.
     
  3. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thankyou! It's easily treatable? I was hoping it was cause shes my baby.
     
  4. BlacksheepCardigans

    BlacksheepCardigans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She should be checked, of course, in case it's something freaky, but spay incontinence is almost certainly going to be it. The voiding-while-sleeping is a cardinal sign. Most of the time the Proin (which is cheap) stops it for a good number of years; you do have to give it continually but it won't break the bank. Eventually in most cases the Proin will stop working when the dog hits REALLY elderly, when the weakness in the rear end is very pronounced and you're wondering whether it's "time" anyway. But until then, it's like a miracle drug.
     
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    She needs to be checked. I had a rottie/chow this happened to and her bladder had burst. Nothing could be done to save her.
     
  6. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Quote:x2

    That's about how old my dog was when she developed it.

    She's been on Proin over 2 years now, no side effects and blood tests still come back good.
     
  7. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunny side up :)
    Sometimes dogs with urinary infections can suddenly start losing control of thier bladder. Ours did and that's what it turned out to be. If it happened suddenly that is what I might suspect.
     
  8. welsummerchicks

    welsummerchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    spay incontinence is treated with estrogen medication which keeps the bladder muscles toned up.
    other possibilities - terminal injuries, diabetes (not actually so uncommon).
     
  9. LyonFuzz

    LyonFuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it happened all of a sudden I would think a urinary tract infection. Get a specimen and have your vet run it. If that's clean, she probably is just getting a lazy urinary sphincter muscle with her old age and that can be treated with a cheap pill every day:)
     

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