My 12 year old Bassett has increasing incontinence of urine and bowels since getting Carprofen 2x a day for leg

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Customer: my 12 year old Bassett has increasing incontinence of urine and bowels since getting Carprofen 2x a day for leg weakness/pain. (xrays were normal..just arthritis). What to do?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Colby
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Colby?
Customer: No. This is new (about 2 weeks). He's a good eater and sleeper and his P and Poops appear and smell very healthy. He stared urinating a bit in the house before Vet visit. He was limping and I thought it was related. that is he can't easily use doggie door when legs hurt. He's of course up to date on all shots etc.
Answered by Dr. Thompson in 33 mins 4 years ago
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Hi, this is Dr. Thompson. I’ve been a dog and cat veterinarian since 2000. Thanks for your question. I understand your 12-year-old Bassett has had changes in urine and bowel habits since taking carprofen. I'll be back in a few minutes after I fully review your question.

My first question: Was any testing was done before starting the carprofen (besides xrays)?

Since Colby had been having urine accidents indoors before taking carprofen, I would want to check for inflammation in the urinary tract, compromised kidney function, liver problems, etc. as possible causes for urine habit changes.

As for the fecal incontinence, carprofen can cause gastrointestinal irritation. Sometimes this shows up as diarrhea, but increased urge and frequency of bowel movements could also be secondary to carprofen intolerance.

Have you called your vet about these issues yet?

Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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