Doggy Incontinence

bigdogmom48July 31, 2010

My nearly 3 year old Rottweiler has become incontinent. The vet thinks it may be related to her hormone levels (Dog is spayed). Until it is under control, does anyone has any ideas for a diaper? When I first got Tasha she came into heat before I could get her spayed. We tried all of the doggy diapers and she would get them off or they would fall off within minutes. I just bought some XL children's pull ups and they are working better as long as I tug them up fairly often.

Also, if the vet is correct and it is lack of hormones (vet is doing some tests), she recommends a drug that tightens the sphincter muscle rather than hormone replacement (too many side effects). I'm just wondering about phytoestrogens like I take for menapause. Anyone have any thoughts?

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spay incontinence is very common. while my 9 year old spayed great dane has never had it, my other female started about 8 months ago, at age 3. she is taking Proin and it has eliminated the problem entirely. i never did put her in diapers...the medication only took a couple of days to become effective and no problems since.

good luck, i know what a problem this can be with BIG dogs!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 9:12PM
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I have a 12 year old Dobe and she has been incontinent since she was spayed at 6 months of age. I found that switching her to a raw diet (no grains) really helped. As she got older, I used a combination of Proin and Black Cohosh. The Black Cohosh allowed her to remain leak-free on a lower dose of Proin. We also tried estrogen, but it did not work for her.

At age 7 she developed arrythmias due to Dilated Cardiomyopathy. We verified via holter that Proin increased the arrythmias dramatically (3,000 on it, 300 off it), so we discontinued the Proin. I have been living with a leaky girl for 5 years. She is now in congestive heart failure and on a diuretic, so the leaking can get quite bad. It is manageable though.

As with your Rottie, potty pants do not stay on her well. The best thing I found was inexpensive cotton women's panties (high cut) in combination with a sanitary pad. I cut a hole for her tail and tacked a couple gathers in the elastic and they stay on much better than the commercial potty pants.

But I also have a doggie door and want her to be able to use the yard when she needs to, so I don't use the "underoos" very often. I've lined all of the dog beds with vinyl and just launder the covers as needed. I put water proof crib pads down where she lays routinely and she's good about staying on them most of the time. Those go in the washer as well. She is now leaking through the pads so I've added shower curtains cut to size under them and that's working very well to protect my floors. I also use Nature's Miracle Advanced on the carpet and Simple Solution for hard floors as needed.

It can be a pain, but my old girl is well worth it. :o)

    Bookmark   August 13, 2010 at 10:20PM
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As our pug grew older, he developed the bad habit of "lifting his leg" around the house when we weren't looking. I found some rubber-lined pants for babies (designed to be worn over a diaper). They had velcro tabs for closure. I cut out a hole for his tail, and then used Poise pads or maxi pads that could be changed out as needed.

For him, I got the smallest size available, and I don't know if they make a size large enough for a Rottweiler, but you might check the baby/toddler section at Walmart or Target (etc.) to see. The nice part of it is that the velcro tabs allow you to adjust the snugness so that your girl can't walk out of them.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 8:59AM
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Proin (phenylpropalanine) is much safer than DES which can cause severe anemia. I have many patients on proin without adverse effects.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 10:40AM
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murraysmom Zone 6 OH

meghane, how common is incontinence due to spaying?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 12:08PM
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pea has been on proin for close to one year without a single problem. she has regular blood work done.

murraysmom, spay incontinence is quite common. i'll be interested to see meghane's comments. i wonder why my senior dane has never developed it but my other dane started at 3 years of age.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 4:45PM
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Not to hijack the thread but I'm curious about the DES side effects. My dog has been on DES for 4years- she cannot take Proin, spent the weekend at ER vet when she tried it.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 2:53AM
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