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    Okay so most of you know my story by now. Living back with my parents, my 3 dogs and a big headache.

    The dogs have settled in pretty well here now and are fine with being separated from me during the day. The problem is they have to stay in my makeshift bedroom for a good portion of the day.

    I let them out about 4-5 times during the day in the yard and I am with them from about 8pm until 8am. They spend about 8 hours alone in the bedroom during the day (broken up).

    My "problem child" is Prada my mini poodle. She has urinary incontinence.

    Back at my ex's house we simply shut the bedroom door. I don't have that option anymore and she is getting on the bed. It's currently 4:30am and I am waiting for my pillow and doona to dry because she decided to sleep on them and 'leaked'.

    I have no idea what to do. I simply have no way of keeping her off the bed. She pulls dog diapers off faster than I can put them on. I don't want to crate her for that long during the day as she sleeps in one at night.

    I'm at a loss, I'm tired and I'm sick of my bedroom smelling like dog pee, it's starting to affect my health and I'm sure hers too.

    Any ideas at all before I lose my mind completely?

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    incontinence can be due to a urinary tract infection, prolapsed womb, etc etc.
    so a vet check for assistance. There is a medication called Minerin that humans can use, and other types too. I had a late bed wetter child, this medication worked wonders, like 100% This could be a solution.
    Crate your dog at night and no wet bed.

    4.30am wet wake ups can be a thing of the past. Seek vetinary assistance.

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    Only thing I can think of is to make your bed less inviting. Purchase a tarp and place it over the bed???

    or

    The mattress protector I have is stain proof, water proof etc etc. it's just like a fitted sheet, my husband sweats a lot and as we recently bought a new mattress I wanted to protect it. Perhaps you could get one of these the next size up, unless you already have a king size bed and instead of it being put straight on the mattress put it over the entire bed, doona, pillows etc.

    I wash the mattress protector about every second time I wash the sheets. It dries pretty quick, much quicker than a doona that's for sure.

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    If you do not want to crate her put her on a short leash next to the bed. May need to be a chain leash so she cannot chew through it.

    I would do a vet check and ask for a prescription for the meds. They do work.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    Thanks guys.

    I forgot to mention she is already on medication Propalin once daily. It does work to reduce the accidents but it has never completely stopped them. She went from urinating everytime she layed down to now she just urinates mayb once or twice a day. Sometimes she has dry days but they are rare.

    It's not spay incontinence as this was the reason she was retired from the show ring and spayed. Her mother did the same thing but only when she was a puppy, it was assumed that it was just basic puppy incontinence but unfortunately for me it wasn't... Her muscles just developed better as she grew, whereas my Pradas never did.

    I like the tarp idea. I'm going to go to Fantastic Furniture and pick up one of their $99 vinyl couches so I'm hoping if I put the tarp on the bed and a thin blanket on the couch it will encourage her to sleep on that instead.

    The leash idea would be worth trying out too, although I have 2 other dogs in there as well and I would be worried about the lead getting tangled.

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    I have 8 dogs sleeping in the bedroom. From time to time we need to leash one or two and they get tied one on each side, or one at the top , one at the bottom if you like.

    Only issue I have ever had is tripping on the freaking lead in the dead of the night.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Thanks guys.

    I forgot to mention she is already on medication Propalin once daily. It does work to reduce the accidents but it has never completely stopped them. She went from urinating everytime she layed down to now she just urinates mayb once or twice a day. Sometimes she has dry days but they are rare.

    It's not spay incontinence as this was the reason she was retired from the show ring and spayed. Her mother did the same thing but only when she was a puppy, it was assumed that it was just basic puppy incontinence but unfortunately for me it wasn't... Her muscles just developed better as she grew, whereas my Pradas never did.

    I like the tarp idea. I'm going to go to Fantastic Furniture and pick up one of their $99 vinyl couches so I'm hoping if I put the tarp on the bed and a thin blanket on the couch it will encourage her to sleep on that instead.

    The leash idea would be worth trying out too, although I have 2 other dogs in there as well and I would be worried about the lead getting tangled.
    One of my dogs also as a congenital urinary incontinence. We think most likely because of a congenital incompetent sphincter. The problem surfaced when she was a puppy.

    She is on Propalin and I find I have to divide the dose and give it to her twice a day or she leaks. She is 4 1/2 now and so far given twice a day the propalin controls her.

    If the Propalin ever starts to fail I will conside having surgery to correct the proplem. They do have various techniques depending on the condition to correct the problem. A family member who used to be a specialist surgical vet befor retiring told me that she has fixed this problem in a number of dogs surgically.

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    OK. I am going out on a limb here. I had prostate cancer two years back and before and after the op I had to do pelvic floor muscle exercises. You girls need to do them as well after giving birth and I guess as we get older, muscle tone deteriorates hence we see the ads for SBL pads and seniors nappies.

    My thought is, is there any way we can work a dogs pelvic muscles to help tighten the bladder sphincter. The way I was advised to think about this was to imagine a red hot poker being moved towards the anus. You tighten up and pull that area in towards the body working all muscles in the zone.

    I am not advocating we approach our dogs bum with a red hot poker but maybe there are ways of getting them to work those muscles in some other way.

    Are there any personal trainers out there?
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    I might try breaking up her Propalin and giving it to her twice a day, thanks Kalacreek!

    Pelvic floor muscle exercises sound like a good idea if we can figure out how to do them for a dog! Maybe swimming? Although I would only be able to do that during summer.

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