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    Has any one had an elderly dog that has suddenly become incontinent?

    Kodi who is 13 and a half has suddenly started to wet the bed at night.
    She has done it the last four out of five nights. It's only at night time that this happens.

    Is this the type of thing that just suddenly happens over night? She wasn't having any issues before hand.

    She had some more stem cells injected about a month ago under sedation but not GA.
    She normally has a cortisone injection every 3 weeks to help with any pain but she hasn't had one now for 7 weeks as she's been doing really well. Could this have attributed to her incontinence?

    I'm off to the vet this morning with her anyway and managed to grab a urine sample to get it tested for UTI's etc to see if that may be the case.
    Obviously I will ask the vet all these questions as well but was just wondering if anyone had dealt with this issue in older dogs before and what treatment or tablets they used and if it was successful.

    She also sleeps on my bed which doesn't help things and I don't really want to kick her off it at this point in her life. Until I can get a waterproof mattress protector I have taken to cling wrapping my bed.
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    cling wrapping the bed - yikes.

    I think there are lots of incontinence mattress protector thingies for old people - never mind old dogs.

    I think also if it's just age related - then you can get a drug that will help.

    I've lived with a dog that was incontinent due to a pelvic injury it had because of a car accident... But we did not let it on the carpet or our beds. Was only a problem when it lay down.

    You might want to get something called 'vet bed' machine washable and keeps the pee off your mattress...
    Vet Bed - Dry Bed - Stay Dry Bedding - Pet Network
    (Note that's not a website I've used to buy stuff).

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    Hope it's something that can be fixed.

    I have a human bedwetter so I know all about waterproof bedding. The easiest I have found to use bed pads, which they sell on incontinence product websites. You just put them on top of your other bedding, they're easy to wash and dry. I've bought different brands/types via BrightSky. They ship fast.

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    It is common in old bitches especially if they are desexed. Very easy to control, there are a couple of choices, a hormone supplement or a non hormonal treatment. My dog has been incontinent since she was born and she is now nearly 7 and I have controlled her problem with Propalin syrup given on her food. A friend of mine his old bitch suddenly became incontinent and he was given stilboestral to control it. I have also controlled it with propalin in an old bitch who suddenly became incontinent with 100% success rate.

    She just needs to be checked for a UTI first and then a treatment can be recommended. It shouldnt be a problem to control of it is spey incontinence. I dont know if her other medication has contributed to it or will influence the outcome in her case.

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    Its very common in old bitches. And there is a drug called Minurin. that prevents bed wetting they give to dogs and humans. ask the vet about this.

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    Cheers for the replies guys.
    She doesn't have a UTI, her sample came back good except for a bit of blood in it which the vet seems to think is common in older dogs and didn't seem too worried about it.

    She has been given an injection of Stanazol. I go back to the vet tomorrow and have to let him know if this is working or not and if not he will give me something else to try. He told me the name but I can't remember it.Might have been Propalin.

    The Stanazol has done bugger all which doesn't surprise me after I just googled it now. He might have also tried it to help with her weight loss issue. She has gradually been loosing weight and i'm struggling to get her to eat anything.

    I can't afford to let her go hungry for a night either. It seems as though she's being fussy, maybe she's sick of the same thing all the time. At the moment she's eating chicken breast and won't really touch anything else. I resorted to buying tinned dog food tonight and she loved it!
    I know it's crap but i'm running out of options.

    I 've gotten myself a mattress protector for now and am holding off on anything else until I see whether any of the drugs work. Am hoping we can fix this problem soon.
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    If it were me I would feed her what she likes.
    If you are going back to the vet ask about the weight loss. It could be important.

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    Cortisone will cause some dogs to be incontinent..........Young dogs can often "survive" this, becuase they get up and do it quick. the elderly can fall heavily asleep or are just too slow
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    Kodi is now on stilboestrol. One tablet a day for the first 7 days and then one a week after that.

    I understand cortisone has side effects but unfortunately she needs to be on them. It's a case of quality of life not quantity. She has arthritis in both knees as well as her elbows.

    She also has the dilema of some of her spine fusing together and thereby pinching her spinal cord which in turn is starting to shut off the nerve signals to her back legs.
    She can be a bit wobbly a lot of the time and the cortisone along with acupuncture seem to help this. Having the stem cell treatment done also helped.

    Rest assured that I have her best interests in mind at all times. I have told my partner as well as my vet that if they think she is suffering and her time is up that they must let me know just in case I can't see it.

    She is still happy to go down the paddock with us and roll around in the grass and sometimes carry on like a puppy. She doesn't appear to be in any pain at all. She has one of those faces that shows if she's hurting at all.

    She ate a 700g tin of dog food last night, another tin this morning, some diced chicken breast tonight as well as another tin of dog food. So in 24 hours she has eaten approx 2 and a half kilos of food which is great.

    Of course the bad news is when she goes to the toilet for number 2's you can smell it from a fair way away. Lot different then her being on raw. I'm going to keep including as much raw food as I can get her to eat as I hate feeding her just tinned crap.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on which of the tinned dog foods are the best? Or at least the best of a bad bunch? Looking for ones to get the weight on her.
    If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret

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    Would she like the dog rolls too? Because I recently discovered 4 Legs does one and it's all good ingredients.

    Haven't fed tin food in years either, but I used to get the All Natural brand in the past. I'm sure it still has crap in it, but it smelled much nicer than some of the other stuff.

    Good that she's been enjoying her tucker though.

    I've given my cat high doses of cortisone because she was so utterly miserable and nothing else I'd tried made a difference. You do what you have to do to reduce suffering.

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