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?