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    Hi all
    Long time no post for me! I hope you and your animals have all been well

    Wondering if any body here has dealt with incontinence at all
    Gracie turned two last month, she was spayed as a pup and is very well toilet trained
    She will literally sit and knock on the door if she wants to go out...

    So last night after a big afternoon at the beach and some training, she was laying between my wife and I on the bed, as she always does at that time of night. She had been licking 'herself' a fair bit through the evening but she tends to go through periods of that every now and again so I didn't think anything of it, it still may not even be related... anyway I'm sure she was either asleep or just about to drift off to sleep when I felt this warm puddle growing beneath me. Sure enough - she had wet the bed (and the doona and some pillows and through to the mattress...)

    She was deeply embarrassed, got up ears pinned right back against her head looking at the both of us wondering what had happened. And for a short while after everywhere she sat or laid down she would leave a small wet patch before going back to licking herself.

    Apparently this happened last week as well but I wasn't away and didn't witness it.
    I've done the dreaded Dr. Google research - just wondering if any of you have seen this before?

    Of course my first thoughts were HER KIDNEYS ARE FAILING GET HER TO A VET

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    I have a dog that suffers from incontinence. Has ever since she was a pup and before she was spayed. I have her on Propalin syrup which has controlled the problem for the last 7 years with no problems. The muscle that controls the sphincter that prevents urine leaking out of the bladder often becomes loose and needs either a hormonal tablet like stilboestral or a non hormonal treatment like Propailn to help rectify the situation. Both treatments have their pros and cons but can be very effective. It is not uncommon in spayed dogs and usually occurs a bit later in life but not always. It is highly treatable.

    First however you need to confirm with yout vet that it is not just a result of a UTI or anything else.

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    Hey thanks for the reply
    Glad to know it's fairly easily controlled - I have her booked in for a vet visit this afternoon, thank you!

    Gracie wees all the time. Excited wees, submissive wees, scared wees, wee wees...
    Every afternoon when I get home from work I have to greet her outside because she is guaranteed to do it

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    what kalacreek said.

    Don't panic...

    And do post an update - let us know how it goes.

    I don't do greetings with my dog - not till we're out the back anyway. Pretty much ignore her before we get out the back. She used to wet herself with excitement anytime anyone knocked at the door so I'd either have to put her out the back or put her on lead and burst out the front so it would be outside...

    She's better now but I always wonder if she will get spey incontinence when she gets older.

    PS sometimes I think they lick when they need to go so maybe they leak a bit. And sometimes they just lick...

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    How is Gracie ?

    I agree with 'Kalacreek' about the possibility of it being a UTI. If this is something that has only started recently, then I would get a urine sample and take that and the pup to the vet to get it all checked out.

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    Hey guys!
    Vet really wasn't concerned about Gracie's accident at all
    Mainly because it happened the one time and hasn't happened since...
    She did talk of the possibility of a UTI but was sure signs weren't pointing to incontinence
    And as for her daily greet wees she put that down to her being an excitable dog - Kelpie cross Border Collie, who would have thought?!

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    Have any of you experienced a dog who vomits for attention? Or to sulk?

    eg: Gracie slept in the garage of our new house last night for the first time (she has recently been sleeping in our bed...)
    Woke up to find 6 or 7 puddles of vomit around her bed
    She definitely isn't unwell, is drinking and eating well, chasing the ball etc just fine

    She's done this before and ended up back in our bed for the next few weeks haha

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    Woke up to find 6 or 7 puddles of vomit around her bed
    It could be stress - ie of being apart from you - which would evapourate when you re-appear.

    My dog doesn't do this. Last time she vomited was because I didn't let the pasta water cool off quite enough before I let her have it.

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