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Question: I have a 8.5 month old Corgi. Spayed at 6.5

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Question: I have a 8.5 month old Corgi. Spayed at 6.5 months. A week after surgery seemed to have a UTI - blood urine, urge to urinate, etc. Urine test showed white blood cells and some small crystals. Started antibiotics for UTI, symptoms continued intermittently, for a few days. Test results came back and they found no UTI. Uncertain about what was causing symptoms. Accidental urination occurred intermittently (usually after exercise) for a week or so. Had ultrasound and found some sediment in bladder. Was put on wet puppy food and a urinary tract supplement. Symptoms again were intermittent. Found more discolored urine which prompted another urine sample. White blood cells found again. No other real symptoms though. Vet thought possibly vaginitis. Have been watching her. Today after a walk, I noticed she is leaking urine. She was just sitting watching me eat and leaving little pools of urine. Looks normally colored. Her bed seems clean - no urine there.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.

I would suspect that your puppy is having what is called "spay incontinence" or estrogen responsive incontinence. This fits with your timeline of surgery and presentation of clinical signs. Estrogen is an important hormone for helping females maintain urinary continence and this is because the hormone has direct effect on the external bladder sphincter that allows females to hold urine in when our bladders are full. When that hormonal influence is taken away (such as when she was spayed) there can be enough of a sudden hormonal imbalance that incontinence can occur. This classically seen as urinary leakage as she walks or urinating when is stands or while laying down. Talk to your vet and they will most like prescribe a hormonal supplement (such as Incurin or Proin) to help your puppy with this problem.

Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.

Hello, just checking to see how your dog June is doing and if my advice helped you? If so, I would greatly appreciate a positive rating. If you have other questions or I can help you further with this please let me know?

Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about June. How is everything going?
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