No blood test; she did a physical exam and suggested (before she did the urine collection) that the most likely diagnosis was a weak sphincter muscle, because the dog has had accidents in her crate at night off and on for pretty much her whole life.
We moved to a new home about two months ago and it seems like the accidents increased at that time so when we brought her in to have a vaccination we mentioned this in case a UTI was the cause.
Well I am mostly just freaked out that this is kidney failure. The vet said this would be quite unlikely in a dog this young, that onset was generally speaking after 7 years of age and typically after 10 years of age. She said she thought the likely culprits were:
1. Sphincter muscle
then she mentioned that kidney problems would be "way down on her list" because of the above age thing.
I am wondering, do you agree? I am fretting so much I can barely sleep which sucks because I am 9 months pregnant.
Thank you for your help, I appreciate it. We are supposed to take her in for another sample, a morning urine sample, and then if that is also dilute, we will do blood tests then.
The sample was taXXXXX XXXXXke this: I woke her up, she urinated, then ate and drank (she drinks quite a bit of water with breakfast typically). We then hopped in the car and went to the vet and about 45 - 60 minutes later they took her urine sample by needle.
Would this explain the dilution or would an hour be long enough to concentrate her urine?
Also, if it is incontinence, how can we explain the increased thirst? We're not 100% sure it's increased but it does seem we are filling the bowl up more.
I am so troubled and just want to be convinced that kidney failure is a remote possibility and that I'm worried over nothing!
Two questions--sorry to be such a pest.
1. When you said it could explain the lower USG, do you mean that an hour would NOT necessarily have been long enough to concentrate her urine?
2. So if she IS drinking more, which again, I'm not 100% about, but pretty sure....then can we rule out the weak sphincter muscle thing?
OK. I think if my math is correct you are saying a 19lb dog should be drinking no more than 28 oz of water per day....if so she is almost certainly not drinking that much.
So you think the chances of this being kidney failure are low? Like what percentage?
I know I sound psycho. Please blame it on the pregnancy hormones (even though the truth is I'm always this crazy).
Yeah, no. I do not think she is drinking 28oz per day. I measured it out and that looks like way more than what she is drinking. I would estimate she is drinking well under 20oz per day.
If this was your beloved pet, given what we know, would you be fretting?
Also, if the urine culture comes back negative, THEN would you fret? We will hear about that tomorrow. :-/
It does. Thank you. I am so nervous because she is our beloved first "baby!" Soon to be joined by a second baby, and in fact, I had almost wondered if there was a possibility that the move to a new house combined with the chaos of preparing for a (human) child was making her drink out of nervousness.
Well, the culture came back and she does NOT have a UTI. Now I am freaking out even more because why is she drinking more?? Is it now time to say kidney problems are indicated or is that still unlikely?
I took her in this morning and her first morning urine sample was nice and concentrated which the vet said ruled out kidney failure. Thank god!!!!!!!!!!! I am so relieved!!!!!!!!! So she is now considering it most likely an incontinence issue which means we now have to decide about whether or not we want to medicate her for it.
You have no idea. When I heard it wasn't a UTI last night I was in full-blown panic mode, and my fetus was moving around like crazy probably because of all the adrenaline!!!
You have noooo idea!