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She isn't eating normally, she has difficulty standing and…

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She isn't eating normally...

She isn't eating normally, she has difficulty standing and she has started to be incontinent.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name and age?

Daisy is 13.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Daisy?

Nope, she has always been a very active Lag cross and would until September would go on 5 to 10 kilometer walks 2x a day.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I am sorry to hear you are concerned about Daisy. How long since these problems started?

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Does her incontinence happen when she is relaxed or asleep? Do you mean urinary or fecal incontinence?

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

If you lift her lip, are her gums pink in color, or pale?

I am concerned anytime an older dog is not eating normally. It can be a sign of many things, like internal organ disease, infection, pain.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Eating and dificulty standing and walking long distances since August. The incontinence started sporadically 1 week ago.
This is urinary incontinence and while she is relaxed.Her gums are pinkish.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Daisy has big sighs but other that that her breathing is normal even when we go for an short walk.
Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

The urinary incontinence could be a sign of a bladder infection/ UTI. It could also be low estrogen; many older spayed female dogs will have urine leakage when they are asleep or relaxed from this. Giving low doses of estrogen, or a medication called PPA/phenylpropanolamine, can be helpful.

If the other problems have been going on since August, I wold be checking for arthritis, pain, and doing blood tests to check for internal organ disease.

Is she taking any supplements or medication?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
No. She has never displayed any need for supplements. I was away for the summer months and she was a different dog when I arrived at home.
Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I would definitely have a urinalysis done, to check for UTI. If it is normal, talk to your veterinarian about estrogen, or PPA.

A thorough physical exam is where I would start to find out why she is not eating normally, and has difficulty standing.

Supplements I like for older dogs are fish oil (for Omega 3s), joint supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin, and possibly others, depending on what I learn from an exam and blood tests. Something is going on with her; an exam is the place to start to find out what it is.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

How is Daisy doing? I hope you were able to see my responses.

Please let me know if this was helpful and if I can answer anything else.

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