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post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 01:39 PM
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I have posted this before:
I have and have had females spayed early (8 weeks), late (7 years) and in between, most were out of my control, so what I do is...
  • Keep them active, fit and at healthy weights
  • Train and keep them mentally into things
  • Safely contain them - leashes or in the fenced yard outside, and supervised, kenneled/crated when I am gone so they can't eat cords, etc. (I need to improve in the car safety)
  • Feed them foods that they do well on
  • Keep them hydrated
  • Keep them out of the sun for long periods of time
  • Minimize as much as I am able, use of de-wormers, tick, flea stuff, even though I do follow the AHS recs to do HW meds year-round
  • Minimize exposure to smoke, air pollutants, cleaning chemicals
  • Minimize exposure to others' and do not use my own lawn/plant pesticides
  • Look at research on PVC/vinyl and cancers (someone has a good link for that) and radon
  • Live an area that does not have cancer pockets, or is not known for its toxicity (an over the top example is Love Canal, NY where they saw increases in 3 types of cancers)
  • Address health issues that I find as early as I can
  • Do preventative health screenings as available (tick/HW) and be sure to get a yearly wellness visit in, as they get older I get baseline blood work done
  • Vaccinate core vaccines every 3 years (I do rescue, won't skip distemper/parvo because of that and always do rabies every 3 year), keep an eye on Lepto symptoms as I do refuse that. If you are an area where there are ticks, focus on that too but no evidence the current Lyme vaccines are effective (double check me on that!)
  • Know bloat symptoms and symptoms of other common illnesses
  • Use probiotics and joint supplements as needed
  • Have genetically superior dogs who don't have a family history of cancer. Okay, I can't do that with mine! But if you look at Goldens...yikes, that shows what a HUGE part genetics play in all of this.
Basically, genetics is your foundation. All we are doing beyond that is tinkering, helping and making ourselves think we can control cell mutations.

ETA - forgot TLC and attention!

As it turns out, incontinence, which is defined as involuntary urination, is quite common in dogs, especially spayed females, where approximately one in five dogs (20 percent) is affected.

Estrogen responsive incontinence or hormonally responsive incontinence, commonly called spay incontinence, is the most frequent cause of involuntary urination in dogs. It can occur anywhere from immediately after spaying to ten years later, with the average being around three years.

A recent study showed that early spaying (before the first heat) reduced the chance of incontinence, from 18 percent to 9.7 percent in large breed dogs, but increased the severity when it occurred. It is possible that spaying midway between heat cycles may help prevent spay incontinence, but this is just speculation, as no studies have been done. Hormone-related incontinence can also affect neutered males, though much less commonly than females.

Incontinence can occur for many other reasons, including urinary tract infections, bladder stones, congenital structural defects (e.g., ectopic ureters), spinal cord disease, and excess water intake. Older dogs, overweight dogs, and dogs with neurological problems may develop a weak bladder sphincter. These causes of incontinence can affect dogs of both genders, whether intact or neutered.
From: Articles: Incontinence in Dogs I don't consider 1 in 5 to be that high. Pee happens!

CONGRATS on your puppy!

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