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Zoe is ten years old, almost eleven. She was spayed at one year old. Except for two bouts with lyme disease, the last about four years ago, she has been very healthy. Over the last year, she has been having problems with urine leaking from her. She gets out plenty and is never made to hold her urine or bm (2 to 4 bm's per day on walks). Overnight, she is taken out after midnight and is walked before 7am. She eats and drinks normally, as always. She has had a minor urine leaking problem for about a year but never as bad as today. While we were sitting on the porch, where she could have gone out to the grass at any time, she had an almost constant dripping of urine leaving a puddle under her and she dripped her way down the stairs. Her diet of kibble with a little canned made into a gravy has not changed. Is this just old age, or is it something that can be treated? She is otherwise pretty active and her appearance belies her age as most people guess her to be less then half of her almost eleven years. Thanks for any help. She is precious to us.
 

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It is not uncommon for females to become incontintent when older. Contact your vet. Have them run some bloodwork first to make sure it isn't an infection - is she licking a lot, is there any discharge other than urine? If everything is normal, they may want to put her on something like Proin. I hope everything turns out okay. I dread the day Gracie gets older (and me too
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Awww, I'm sorry Zoe is having that problem. It sometimes happens as they get older. There are some medications such as PPA (phenylpropanolamine) that a vet can prescribe that can help a lot. Don't know if that would be good for your 10 year old. Have you had her checked out yet?

Our rescue girl was spayed at 12 weeks and became incontinent as a young pup. After many tests and finding a top urology specialist, she was put on PPA and DES (diethylstilbestrol) and it stopped the problem. It's just that she has to be on the medicine for the rest of her life, but she is a happy, healthy girl so far, knock wood. Best of luck to you and Zoe. Sounds like she is a well loved girl and she is in good hands.
 

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My Gretchen (11yrs) has DM and started leaking urine this winter. She is on Proin and doing great. My dosage instructions said to adjust from 1 pill every 8hrs maximum, to whatever dosage works. She takes just one pill a day. Before she was leaking urine as she slept and as she walked through the house...that has all stopped.
 

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geobar5, just in case you don't know, Proin is the label name of PPA. We're all talking about the same medication.
 

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I'm sorry to hear about Zoe. I had been investigating this since Rosie leaked urine once, but it has since stopped and was a one time thing hopefully. You should go to the vet to find out why the leaking. Spaying is essentially a hysterectomy. This removed the body's mechanism for estrogen production. Estrogen helps keep the bladder muscles toned. Lose estrogen, lose tonicity. The treatment is DES (diethylstilbestrol), 1mg capsules found online. DES is dangerous to pregnant women.

Proin (aka PPA or phenylpropanolamine) was the old ingredient in Dexatrim and some nasal decongestants. It is a sympathomimetic, kind of like a mild form of speed. It litterally dries you up and tightens up some kinds of muscles and senses. Think of the fight or flight response. Some people fight, some flight. PPA gives the sensation of fight. Remember that scene in Galdiator when they were just about to enter the Colloseum? Russell Crowe was ready to fight, while the guy in front of him peed his pants, litterally. Also, that is why it dried up noses and made people not hungry. It also makes you not have to urinate.

Ask the vet to find out why she is leaking and whick remedy is right for Zoe. Could be both, but probably just one will do.
 

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Sometimes, constant small leakages can also lead to a urinary infection. Both spey incontinence (as descibed above) and UTI's if applicable are easily treated and usually at a very reasonable price.

If you can manage to get a urine sample prior to your visit to the vet, it will help the diagnosis. All the best.
 

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I agree with Qyn, get a urine sample to run for a UTI. They may need to get the urine by cysto (where the vet inserts a needle and gets urine out through sterile measures). I mention this only because every free catch urine I brought in for Gracie didn't show an infection. But she continued to lick and lick. When they did the cysto they found a whopping infection and were also able to determine what medication would be best for that type of infection.

Pam -- thanks for adding the info about Proin/PPA. I always forget to do that - I work at a vet and sometimes I forget that there are other names for meds.
 

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In addition to medication for spay incontinence, you can try a raw diet. I tried the DES (diethylstilbestrol) but it did not work for Keeta. Chose NOT to use PPA, due to not only the short-term side effects, but also long-term health concerns. My decision was to not medicate and to just live with the occasional leaking, but found that once I switched to 100% raw feeding about 99% of leaking incidents went away.
 

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Originally Posted By: CastlemaidMy decision was to not medicate and to just live with the occasional leaking, but found that once I switched to 100% raw feeding about 99% of leaking incidents went away.
wow that is interesting. do you think it is because of the natural state of the meat? Might be worth trying with kali .. she is on DES and it works but it would be nice to not be on it for the rest of her life.
 
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