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Hello everyone, I hope that someone may be able to give me some insight into a problem I am having with my puppy.

On March 27 of this year, we adopted a then five-month old puppy, Jesse. We believe he is a beagle mix. Everything was going great, he was picking up on housebreaking really well and settling in to life in his new home.

On April 19, almost a month after we got him, I started noticing that Jesse seemed to be "leaking" or dribbling urine without even being aware of it. It's not like a potty-training accident, it's just a drop or two at a time as he lies around napping or just walking around the house. At this point, everywhere you walk in my house you step in a tiny little wet spot. This has been very frustrating for me.

I took him to the vet and they were unable to get a urine sample from him, but they prescribed me an antibiotic for a UTI. After a week of the antibiotic I had seen no improvement, so I collected a urine sample myself and took it in. The urinalysis came back clean (as expected after a week of antibiotics), but he is still dribbling all over the place. He also has to go out to "really" pee very frequently, at least once an hour but usually more like every 30 minutes. Before this dribbling issue started it was more like every couple of hours.

The vet said she was going to do more research into it, but she suspects it may be an ectopic ureter. She said that the test for this will cost me at least $500 (not to mention the treatment), so I am hoping that it is something less serious. Does anyone have any experience with a similar issue?

I have been doing research about ectopic ureters and from what I've read they seem to be far more common in females than males. Also, the problem seems to be intermittent in nature. It is not like a constant flow of urine. Some days he barely dribbles at all, other days it is far more intense. Other than this incontinence, he seems perfectly healthy and happy. He loves to play, and he doesn't appear to be in any pain.

Any ideas of what may be causing this? As I said, I am waiting for my vet to get back to me with more information or a possible referral to a specialist, but I thought that while I was waiting I might throw it out there to the internet and see if anyone has any advice for me.

Thank you so much for reading and responding!
 

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Hi there! Welcome to DF :)

Sorry you're having this problem....That must be rather frustrating.

I don't really have any experience with that condition, but I do think that seeing a specialist would probably be the best way to go since a UTI doesn't seem to be the issue, and antibiotics made no difference. I'm not sure how things work with veterinary medicine, but you might not even need a referral. I'd try researching and seeing who is near you, and just give them a call.

Also, don't be afraid to book an appointment with a second vet. Sometimes having a different set of eyes and a different brain evaluate things can lead to something being noticed that the first vet overlooked. It's always good to get a second or even third opinion.

In the mean time, have you looked into belly bands? They basically go around the male dog's belly to catch dribbles. They're actually made to manage marking, but I'm sure they would work fine in this situation too. You could also hand make some if you're crafty enough for that sort of thing. Most of them are made so you can insert a menstrual pad. You just have to remember to check and change it often so he doesn't get a rash.
 

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Incontinence in a puppy is nothing to mess around with, he needs to have an abdominal ultrasound and bloodwork done immediately IMO. Best of luck!
 
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