I have to ask if anyone here has ever dealt with spay incontinence? It will make its appearance gradually after the spay surgery. The cause is the fact that it is a total hysterectomy which means estrogen drastically drops so, the urethra sphincter muscles weaken. The cause is lack of estrogen hormones.
Anyone deal with this issue?
Did you just live with it, or treat it? You can try hormone replacement. There are other prescriptions that reduce the leaks too.
It's not a harmful condition, but it surely is messy and annoying. I've known of a few people that have dogs with spay incontinence.
I'm now wondering if doing a tubal ligation to keep everything intact is a better option. That would preserve the ovaries, keeping the hormones running as nature intended, but you prevent potential of pregnancies. Yeah, there are risks, but let's be clear here that a spay surgery, despite having become like a rite of passage, being so routine, is still a seriously invasive surgical procedure. I don't take spay or neuter surgery lightly.
I'm still all for spay and neuter for the majority of dog owners out there. Fact is, most people aren't that responsible, so their dogs should be spay/neutered from the get go. For the rest of us that have a clue here, we can make that determination to spay neuter sooner or later ourselves. I will say living with an intact male dog sometimes is no issue at all. It does depend on individual factors. However, living with an intact female dog is another story. It's not something I willingly want to manage, but it's not that difficult to deal with heat cycles + keep your female constantly supervised at that time. I've known of breeders that have several intact dogs that have never had accidental pregnancies, or behavior issues. Yet, for the general public here in the USA, I have no faith in the responsibility of most people so, I encourage spay neuter, period.
Interestingly in Norway, neutering is generally considered inhumane so, dogs are left intact. I think in Sweden it's also common for dogs to be left intact. But mentioning Norway, here's a link as evidence, so you all know I'm not making this up -->
Anyways, about spay incontinence??? Have you dealt with this issue?