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Incontinence getting worse over years?

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Incontinence getting worse over years?

Postby Ernie23 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:31 pm

So my dog has been incontinent for nearly 4 years and I've been mostly successful at expressing him and keeping him in belly wraps in between. At first he'd just drip occasionally around the house. This has gradually gotten worse but the belly wraps with pads have always taken care of that. Now, as of last week, every time I try to express him I notice his wrap is soaked and I cannot express him. Now I've been expressing him for years now, so I believe I'm doing it right. But I get nothing! I'm having similar issues with his bowels. I'm changing his wraps/pad several times a day and every time I change him his wrap is soaked. It's like he has complete loss of control over his bladder/bowels. The wraps can't keep up with his heavy flow of pee. He's a beagle mix and before his paralysis I've always thought that he peed a lot. Can this gradually happen over time? (P.S. My dog had spinal cord injury)
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Re: Incontinence getting worse over years?

Postby critters » Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:47 pm

Could he have a UTI? I think I'd check for that first.
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Re: Incontinence getting worse over years?

Postby CarolC » Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:41 pm

UTI was my first thought, too. It wouldn't hurt to have that checked since there can sometimes be a UTI without obvious signs such as a change in color or odor of the urine.

If he was always urinating a lot and now is urinating even more, I would suggest that you ask the vet about checking him for kidney changes. For example, my dog developed renal insufficiency when he was middle aged and began to drink so much that I had to buy him a larger water bowl. I was changing his pads several times a day and we were using Serenity Ultimate pads which were the high absorbency ones. Some people here have used baby diapers (instead of pads) laid flat inside the malewrap for added absorbency. Dogs can live a long time with renal insufficiency if you adjust the diet, but you need to find out whether he is concentrating his urine.

Another condition that causes increased drinking is diabetes. You might just want to get him in for a general check-up, or if he is a senior get a senior wellness check-up.

You were asking if increased incontinence can gradually happen over time. I do not know the nature of the spinal injury for your particular dog. Beagles do get IVDD which is a disk problem, and I am guessing that is what you were referring to, and it sounds like (?) your dog is walking? Have you seen any change in his mobility? In general, any dogs can develop incontinence as they age, due to age related changes, so what you are seeing now could be something different than the original disk problem.

The best way to handle fecal incontinence in dogs is a combination of diet and expressing the bowel. Diet can create firm, low-odor stools that do not harm the carpet and will not make the house smell bad if he doodles while you are not home. Murphy was a beagle and Murphy's Dad used to express his bowel by putting an ice cube up against his sphincter. I've done that with my dog, too. Here is an article with more detail on handling bowel incontinence in injured or aging pets. :D

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Re: Incontinence getting worse over years?

Postby Ernie23 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:15 pm

Yes my dog has IVDD and no, he hasn't walked in 4 years. He's been to the vet recently but that was before this problem started. I think it's time to take him in for a check up to have his urine tested. He's had his urine tested before for kidney problems but that was a while ago. The diapers inside the wraps may be a good idea. I may have to try that. Thanks!
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Re: Incontinence getting worse over years?

Postby critters » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:42 am

Good point about kidneys!
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