My puppy was fixxed at 12 weeks old. She leaks urine sometimes a small amount and it lasts a short time other times it

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Customer: My puppy was fixxed at 12 weeks old. She leaks urine sometimes a small amount and it lasts a short time other times it is alot and wI'll happen for an hour. She does not strain when peeing and seems to urinate fine any other time. It happens more in the evening but has happened during the day as well.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with your dog?
Customer: I have called my vet and he does not think it is a uti but low estrogue levels due to being fixxed so young.
JA: Where does your dog seem to hurt?
Customer: She is not in pain she does seem embarrassed when this happens
JA: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Lacy
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Lacy?
Customer: This is the only issue
Answered by Dr. Michael Salkin in 8 mins 5 years ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
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I'm sorry to hear of this with Lacy. How old is she now, please? You appear to be describing urethral incompetence which describes weakened urethral musculature allowing urine to roll out of her bladder. This is seen most often in large breed spayed dogs and responds to either an estrogen such as DES or estriol, or a sympathomimetic drug such as PPA. It's important to rule out a bacterial urinary tract infection prior to prescribing one of these drugs because infection is the most common cause of urinary incontinence and a urinary tract infection can be occult in dogs.

She is now 7 month. We got her at 14 weeks. She is a German Shepherd husky mix. When I did talk to my vet he also said that as well. How would they get a good diagnosis on this?

Do you recall at what age she became incontinent? I need to rule out a "plumbing problem" such as ectopic ureter which describes a ureter (the tube between the kidney and the bladder) that enters the bladder in the wrong place.

About 17 weeks is when I noticed that it was not a normal accident in the house.
The foster parents never noticed or saw this when they had her.

Thank you. That's early enough to be concerned about ectopic ureter. This can be "seen" by ultrasounding the urinary tract. Performing a complete urinalysis +/- urine culture and sensitivity are needed prior to prescribing one of those drugs. A positive response to a drug confirms urethral incompetence. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Thank you for your time. I will be making an appointment with my vet on monday to have her seen. Have a good night.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

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