How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Jane Lefler Your Own Question
Jane Lefler
Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 19766
Experience:  Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 18+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Jane Lefler is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Lab pees herself when she sleeps. She has taken ...

Resolved Question:

Lab pees herself when she sleeps. She has taken Diethyistibestrol twice now. Today I noticed that the pee is dripping as she is walking and laying down. I''ll call her vet tomorrow for appointment. Any Idea what''s causing this to happen? She is a female spayed lab and is three years old. Thanks
Submitted: 9 years ago via PetPlace.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Joyce,

It sounds like she is starting to experience incontinence probably related to spaying or a urinary tract infection. The bladder sphincter may not be functioning as well as it used to. This happens frequently after a dog is spayed and in older dogs as well. You can read more on it at this site as well as treatment options.
One drug frequently prescribed is phenylpropanolamine which you can read about here:

DES (diethylstilbestrol) is another treatment. If one doesn't work, the other should be tried as they work in different ways.   It may take more than just 2 doses to see improvement. You can read about it here:

To be on the safe side, you will want to have your girl checked over to be sure there isn't a urinary tract infection causing the situation. Common symptoms of a urinary tract infection are frequent urination, dribbling urine, blood in the urine, squatting frequently to urinate, strong odor to the urine, inappropriate urination and straining to urinate as well as an increase in fluid intake. A dog with a UTI does not always show all the symptoms and typically displays 2-3 symptoms.

Until you can get in to see your vet again, you can use an appropriate sized baby diaper with a whole cut for the tail to help with any dribbling that may occur.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
Jane Lefler and other Dog Specialists are ready to help you