Monday, April 15, 2013

Little Miss Peabody

Our friends over at Pitlandia wrote this post last week about their recent trip to the vet and it reminded us that this post is long overdue.

When I first brought Tess home, she would have accidents.  All over the place.  I knew she wasn't completely housebroken when I brought her home, and unfortunately, she wasn't crate trained.  But I thought this was a little out of the ordinary.


One night, she had an accident while laying on the couch.  At first, I was furious.  What was she thinking?  I was right there! As I thought about it, though, it began to seem odd.  The reason why dogs crate train so easily is because they instinctively do not go where they sleep.  So, I contacted our vet and went in for an appointment.


After a blood test and verifying that her kidneys were okay, it turned out that Tess was incontinent.  As a first-time dog owner, I was totally freaked out.  Apparently, as our vet explained, this affects many spayed females (even his!).  With a daily pill, it's easily remedied.

It hasn't been difficult to manage either -- once you figure out the right dosage and the trick to getting her to take her pill (it's pepperoni!).  Tess takes Proin (or Uriflex) as prescribed by our veterinarian.  We started at a high dose (2 pills per day) and have decreased as we are able (to 1 pill every other day).  While any long-term drug usage can have adverse effects, we have Tess's blood work done once a year to be sure all her levels are good.  So far, no issues.

We have noticed that when she is particularly stressed, her usual dosage just doesn't cut it.  So if we know she'll be extra-stressed (like having a foster or traveling), we might up her dosage.  Or, we just go with some good old fashioned doggy-diapers.  Doesn't she look so cute?!

Although her pill works great, we've always been interested in trying some natural remedies.  Does anyone have any experience with these?

11 comments:

  1. Awww love her in the diaper! You look so cute! Shows how important it is to be in tune with your dog and notice the changes; small and big.

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    1. Isn't she the cutest? We always joke about foregoing the meds because she's so adorable.

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  2. Great post! I'm so glad that you were able to get Tess on a plan that's really working. I will say that she does look quite cute in that diaper though =) I'm not sure if you saw it, but Sarah from Married with Dogs left a wonderful comment on our post last week about some remedies that's she's tried with her dog Sadie. Sarah owns a pet shop in Portland, so she knows about all of the best stuff!

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    1. I did see that! We have been thinking of trying out something natural (but to be honest, we're just getting the pill fine-tuned and it's overwhelming to think about going back to peed beds), so I'll have to pick her brain about some alternatives!

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  3. You are a good freakin mamma! My lab Max developed incontinence about a year before we lost him (to old age!) and up to that point I had always thought that dealing with something like could be my breaking point but like you, it was just something we had to figure out. Max had a bad reaction to the drugs so I bought belly bands and maxi-pads (for my male dog!) and love got us through. I now have a special place in my heart for you for making her life normal!!!

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    1. Aw, thanks! It's so funny how when you get into something that you think you could never deal with, you totally deal with it because "it's Tess, why wouldn't I?"

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  4. This is good to know as I've heard it's common but I guess many people don't talk about it. One of our fosters had it, and Miss M sometimes has it in the summer if she drinks a lot of water, so we take her out right after she drinks.

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    1. One thing that we'll have to adjust to as the years pass is Tesla's age. It's definitely only going to get worse as she gets older, but we have no adversion to sticking her in a diaper (as you can see).

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  5. Turk had a really bad urinary tract infection when we brought him home from the vet...I didn't know that for several weeks though (rookie mistake - I didn't know what to look for!) and I just thought he was either the dumbest dog in the world for not picking up potty training or he was just a jerk. Luckily I finally got wise and talked to the vet so we were able to get his infection under control and he's been fine ever since.

    Tess looks pretty stinking adorable in those diapers. I am glad you were able to get her issues diagnosed and under control. :)

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    1. It took a few accidents for me to figure out something was wrong with Tess, too! And when Edi's food was unpetting his stomach, it took cleaning up his crate after several "explosive" accidents for us to decide to change his food. Slow learners, huh? *slaps forehead"

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  6. OH MY GOSH! I wonder if our ex-foster Kylie had this problem! At first she wasn't potty trained at all, but that was quick and easy to fix. But the whole time we fostered her she'd often pee in her crate and overnight almost EVERY night. I'd wake up each morning to a lake of pee in front of the door. It was so frustrating! I just knew it'd be my morning routine to clean up pee. It was obvious that she'd want to go out since she peed in front of the door but she's the only dog I've had that couldn't hold it over night.
    Good to know it's easily manageable. She looks SO cute in her diaper. :)

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