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dustybird May 3rd, 2008 09:06 PM

Incontinence in dog - Answered by Dr. Lee
My bosses have a 14.5 yr old black lab(spayed) and she became incontinent some time last year. Her vet put her on a drug called Uri-con(they're from the states so I don't know if this drug is in Canada or not). It has helped but she good days and bad days. Bad days are not just a few dribbles or a little puddle but a full blown lake.

Her health for her age is good otherwise(was just at the vet). Anyway my question is for those familiar with homeopathic things. Is there anything that could be given as a supplement that may help and get along with the drug she is on now. I don't know if the dosage of the drug has been increased and I don't believe it's a steroid like some others used for incontinece(I can picture the bottle but can't remember what it said).

She's a wonderful dog with hundreds of people who love her(they own and work/live on an island resort where we work for them so Kellee(dog) gets attention tenfold from everyone, when the guest's email for reservations etc.. they always ask about her. So anything we might be able to suggest to them to make her a little more comfortable would be much appreciated. No one really cares about a wet carpet or anything like that, just would like her to feel a little less embarassed when the uncontrolable accidents happen. I think you know the look you get when a dog has an accident in the house, they just look so mortified, where as we just think oh well things happen.

Sorry this is soo long, she's just such an amazing dog and I can't wait to see her again in a few days( ugg it's been six months since we last saw her, as the resort is only open for six months).

Dr Lee May 5th, 2008 07:56 PM

Uri-Con is a brand for phenylpropanolamine which is used primarily for incontinence in dogs (technically it is a sympathomimetic used primarily for urethral sphincter hypotonus).

You stated that she was just at the veterinarian. Was either blood or urine tests done? If not, there are many conditions which may not show up as a clinical sign other than incontinence that might show up on routine blood and urine tests. For example, some possible problems that come to mind are: bladder stones (this is one problem that actually need diagnostic imaging such as radiographs or ultrasound), urinary tract infections, kidney insufficiency or early kidney failure, early diabetes, diabetes insipidus, early liver problems, early Cushing's disease, etc... It might be worthwhile to make sure your veterinarian is not worried about these.

There are also other factors such as being overweight or osteoarthritis which can create incontinence as well. Hope that helps. :pawprint:

dustybird May 5th, 2008 09:42 PM

Thanks Dr. Lee.

I am not sure of all that has been done at the vet other than a urinalysis. She does have arthritis but it's not too bad, but then again a little is still painful I imagine(she has meds for it that they use as needed). From what I understand they're vet sounds quite good. I will pass on the info regarding blood work etc...

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