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Old 04-06-2017, 09:24 PM
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Incontinence issues even with medications

My ~9y/o spayed husky has incontinence. She went from Proin 2x day to DES 1x weekly. She did well for a week, then started "leaking" again. She was bumped up to DES 2x weekly (as well as a round of clavomox incase there was a urethra (I believe?) infection). She did well for a week, and she is leaking again. I brought in two separate urine tests which were normal each time.

He said she could try a proin/des combo - which I hate to do because she is so much more active and happy off the proin - but it is likely her muscles in the area have just become weak.

Before I adopted her 2 years ago, the rescue group ran tests (thyroid, etc) which came back fine so they attributed the incontinence to being nearly 40 pounds overweight at the time of surrender.

I do not believe she is in pain because she is playful, happy and active. Nothing about her eating/drinking/behavior has changed other than leaking urine.

Because the answer, "she just leaks pee now" is hard to accept, I didn't know if there are more tests I should be asking for, get a second opinion, etc. However, if it is the answer I'll just be happy I don't have carpet

Thank you!
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Old 04-08-2017, 08:09 AM
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If medications are no longer working to correct the problem, it's likely as you suspect, that this is just something that must be lived with. Thankfully, there are great diaper products for dogs with this problem, which I was forced to purchase last summer for my (now deceased this past December) elderly girl. She actually had fecal incontinence, and these diapers worked remarkably well even for that, given the elastic around the tail hole:

Wegreeco washable dog diapers

I'd shop both Amazon and ebay, as sometimes prices are cheaper on one or the other, depending on availability.

These are easy to put on when inside, and to take off when you go outside. I hope this helps a little.
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I have a nearly 14 year old bitch that started leaking urine. Propalin syrup worked for a bit. Then she was put on Incurin, which worked for a bit. Then thyroid problems were discovered and sorted. She was leak free for a while then started again. Now I have her on Incurin and a herbal supplement called 'CSJ Hold it'. And she isn't leaking. I don't know if you're willing to try CSJ Hold it, maybe you can get it shipped to wherever you live.

When she was off meds and leaking I tried to use bitch pants, but couldn't get them to fit. I tried baby's nappies - I think some countries call them diapers and couldn't get them to stay. But combining the 2 worked quite well. Initially I thought she'd rip them off, but she was quite happy wearing them.

Hope you find a solution soon, I know how frustrating it was not only for me but also my bitch. She was aware that she'd leaked and was quite disconcerted.

Let us know how you get on please.
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Estrogen replacement therapy USUALLY is stared daily, not weekly... not sure why your pet was started your pet on such a low dose (success would indeed be rather lucky but rare at that starting dose). Most published dosages start with daily administration and then, after successful cessation of incontinence, are slowly decreased in frequency to the lowest effective frequency (which is different for each individual)- some dogs CAN go to weekly or even less often, but in my experience every other day is the most common lowest frequency that works. So you might talk with your vet about that and give it a try. PS DES is an estrogen replacement therapy, but just one of several available.
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