Thank to all who contribute to this supportive forum. I ask that if you reply to this thread, please provide successes, and not horrors--trust me, things are already difficult enough right now.
I have a healthy spayed female Weimaraner named Ada who is almost 6 years old. Last week, she suddenly went blind over the course of 24 hours. She has been diagnosed as having SARDS, which is considered permanent blindness. It all started last Friday morning, when I went outside to throw her ball, as I do every day. Only this time, she did not react, and only stood confused. By that evening the lights were completely out. Needless to say, I am completely devastated.
Anyway, she is coping very well, far better than myself. My other dog, Avena, is her litter-mate and sister. They have spent every single day of their lives together, and have an incredible bond--she has stepped in as Ada's eyes. My vet is researching potential treatment options, and has started her on prednisone in the meantime. As a result, her urine output is substantial. Both my wife and I are doctors, and are away during daytime hours.
After that long preamble my question is: how have you managed bladder voiding in dogs going through a difficult transition? I know she is going to pee in the house for the next little while. Diapers are not an option...If she can't get it off, her sister will take it off for her. So, we are really trying to contain the mess, and encourage her using a pee mat. Problem is, she won't, even if we put it right where she likes to go. Has anyone had success with this? Appreciate your time!