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My Border Collie has bladder control problems. What can I do about this.
Other than disposable pads backed by plastic that I have bought.

He also quivers. Holding & petting him helps with this and the vet says it is
idiopathic, meaning the cause is not known. Really didn't have much of a
solution for the problem.

Any ideas on these two problems
 

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You could try natural anti-flam for dogs & see if the quivering reduces & or stops, then you will know its due to inflamation somewhere in the body. Then you have a clue to a starting point of what could be wrong. Dogs can quiver from pain also anxiety, the cold etc Try calming techniques like massages & reassuring talking.
 

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That quivering in a 15 year old, could also be due to muscle weakness. You might check with your Vet to see if he or she thinks that could be a possibility. If so, maybe some physical therapy is in order.
 

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mm yeah thats true also inflammation can be in the joints eg arthritis is common in old dogs & they dont always react to a physical examination- you can do 1 by gently pressing everywhere & looking for a reaction like head flips round to look or pulls body part away from you- sometimes cry out- sometimes a nip so dont press too hard & keep your face away when you do it. Arthritis in the later stages shows stiffness. Most health shops now have a range for dogs & theres chewable ones with turmeric online. My dogs on devils claw root liquid form from the chemist. She had a sore foot was yelping, had also been diagnosed 2 yrs prior with L.P luxating patella but hadnt showed signs of pain just some probs jumping, her anxiety had increased but I had also moved 3x in 3months so thought it was that. Anyway she went onto anti flam for her foot (l.p causes her not to be able to land her jumps properly & increased risks of injury)& she fell when jumping off the bed . Have dropped the bed down since. She's just chilled right out. Her foot came right but she was very anxious again off the anti-flam lots of quivering- she does do this from sep angst- but this was while I was home. Did some more research into L.p & it said pain inside the knee cap, after another asessment she went on antiflam daily- small dose & she has chilled right out! Sleeps alot more & better appetite. (still shakes when I leave to go out) but stops. I am so glad to have found something that wont cause organ failure with long term use like the other ones do & havnt had any side effects. Anyway, we figured it out becos of temporary use & noticing the difference. Its back to front as your vet should asess 1st, but I suggested based on your vets lack of confirmed diagnoses.You know your pet better than anyone else & you know when somethings not right so keep investigating. You want your dogs life to be the most enjoyable they can be- so its worth trying a few things. Swimming with a dog safety bouyancy vest would be good if poss. Depending on the weather of course, its getting warmer here.
 
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