Dog Health Questions? Ask a Dog Vet for Answers ASAP
Hello, I'm sorry to hear about Mattie.
When is this occuring? When she's sleeping soundly or very relaxed or all the time?Is she having any other symptoms? Drinking more water? Straining to urinate or having to go moe frequently?Is she spayed?
thank you. she is 4 years old and this just started this week
when she is sleeping she really leaks but it is all the time
she is spayed and yes is drinking more water
Is her appetite normal?Is she having any difficulty walking, jumping or climbing stairs?
appetite is normal.
Has she had a urine checked by her veterinarian for signs of infection or internal organ disease?
seems to have some problem when she gets up and tries to walk
have not had her in yet
The most common reason for urine leaking in a spayed female is hormone associated incontinence.But this can be complicated by an infection as if urine can leak out then bacteria can travel up too.That would explain her increased drinking too.
Also if she has some spinal arthritis that can affect the nerves that control continence and so she could leak.
she had got scared over New Years from all the noise and it took me for ever to get her out to go potty and now her bladder started bothering her
And increased water consumption unfortunately can also indicate internal organ disease (kidney disease or diabetes), mineral or electrolyte abnormalities. I'd recommend a physical examination and urinalysis with culture to start.
ok, thank you
Maybe some blood tests depending upon what her urine and physical show.If she has an infection treatig that may take care of things for her.Or if not then she may need a medication to strengthen the muscle in her urethra.The most effective, safest one is called Proin or phenylpropanolamine.
It does need to be given once or twice daily forever. But it will often control her incontinence and prevent secondary infections.
Can I answer anything else?
will she be ok until monday ?
As a side note by holding her urine she may have allowed bacterial overgrowth and a secondary infection to start.You vet can diagnose this and treat it after the culture.If she's able to urinate freely, is eating normally without a fever she should be fine until Monday.
thank you so much.
Very welcome Patty, take care.