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Old 01-10-2006, 05:51 AM
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I don't know if any of you will remember but 10 weeks ago the pregnant foster dog i was caring for had 13 pups. Well at 5 weeks the pups went back to the shelter and were put in quarantine for 3 weeks. I applied to keep the mother dog because we had really struck up a bond and she is a very untrusting dog due to her past.
On the condition that i kept her with no adoption fee i had to spay her immediately which i did its been 5 weeks since her spay and in the last 3 weeks she has become incontinent at first i had her checked for infections thinking that could be causing it and the vet kept saying that it happens with some dogs after being spayed. Anyway its not getting better and i wanted to know if it was true or if i should be asking for other tests to be done.

I am still happy to have her even if she is incontinent i will work around it but i want to make sure that that is what it is and seeings the vet is pushing at this i cant get her to agree to do anymore tests because she keeps saying there is nothing wrong with her
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Old 01-10-2006, 07:06 AM
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Can you describe the problem a little more? Is she urinating in the house? If she is crated, can she go all night without urinating?
Did the vet do a UA? How often does she urinate now?

Is she on any sort of medication?
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Old 01-10-2006, 09:19 AM
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I would have a urinalysis done to see what's going on...

As mentioned by your Vet Urinary incontinence can happen after spaying. Sometimes by adding soy foods, soy isoflavones, wild yam, or other phytoestrogens to the diet it can help to make the sphincter muscles or the urethra stronger.

You may want to switch to a hypoallergenic diet either homeamade or switch to a top quality canned food...I like California Naturals. Try to avoid commercial kibble when there are any urinary problems. If you want to feed kibble, then add water and canned food to it.

Alfalfa can help with incontinence in some spayed females.

Discuss every possibility with your Vet and have your dog rechecked. My old female Newf was suffering from incontinence about a year ago. Her Urinalysis came back fine...it turned out in the end that she did have a bladder infection.
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:32 PM
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she is not crated she has free reign of my house i don't want to stress her with trying to crate train her at her age and after the last 5-6 months of her life.
They tested her for a urine infection and i asked for any blood tests they could give her but told me there was no point because it was due to her being spade. She is toilet trained and has access to the back yard. She will get this look of stress on her face and get up to run outside but doesn't make it or she will be asleep and wake up wet.mainly concerned because she is a very clean dog and doesn't like going to the toilet anywhere near where she may sleep or eat and it stresses her out and she tries to lick it up before i get to it. She hasn't had any bowel movements inside but the vet said if she was already urine incontinent it wont be long before she become completely incontinent and wont be able to control bowel movements either he said that this is why dogs shouldn't be spade or neutered. But i have already had her spade so i cant reverse that so him telling me that is kinda pointless.
I don't like this vet at all he is rude and so is his staff and they don't seem to care about the animals or the owners but he is the only one i can see in my area at the moment because the vets that i did like their clinic burnt down so i have to wait until they re build.
There is a vet about 70 minutes away from me i think ill take her there.
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:47 PM
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I'd sure be taking her to another Vet. Your current one sounds like a total ass. I've heard of spay incontinence before but I don't believe it is that common and never heard of dogs losing control over their bowels because of being spayed or incontinent!
There is a medication called Pro-In for incontinence. Ask your (new) Vet about it.

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Old 01-10-2006, 04:58 PM
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I just called the new vet and begged them to see her today and explained about the other vet so we will be heading up there at lunch time.
They will do a UA and they mentioned a couple of blood tests with long names (don't think i can spell them). They said they doubt it is incontinence because she isn't into the elderly category yet and it generally happens in elderly dogs that have only just been desexed.

This places staff were very nice to me on the phone unlike the other vets so i will suss them out when i get there but so far they are better then the other practice.

oh also California naturals food isn't available here i live in Australia. She is on a local small dog food company in my area which make their own natural biscuits and raw meats without any preservatives or added flavour or colours but have the best nutritional value compared to the overpriced dog foods in the supermarket or vets.
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