Misha has been having a problem with incontinence off and on for a couple of months. I took her in for some tests a couple of weeks ago to make sure that she didn’t have a UTI or another issue. With other problems eliminated, the veterinarian determined that it might be due to female hormone issues. It’s sort of like what happens with women of a certain age. As we pass through menopause, we begin to experience a little leakage. It happens in dogs, too.
I remember when my Lab was diagnosed with this issue. She weighed 75 lbs. When she lost control of her bladder, it was noticeable. There would be a puddle wherever she was laying. With Misha, it’s a little more subtle. She leaves a small wet spot on the blanket or a drop or two on your pants. Although she is just approaching 5 years old, she isn’t considered too young for this problem. Our veterinarian treats a dog that is only 2 years old and experiencing the same thing.
One thing I remember is the medication was flavored–not by tasting it 😉 . Sierra thought she was getting extra treats twice a day. She’d eagerly waited for her pill. She loved them!
Misha is more the skeptic. The first day she swallowed it eagerly. The second day she played with it for a bit but wouldn’t swallow. She did take it when followed by a small treat. Third day? She rolled it around in her mouth then spit it out repeatedly. Then, she walked away. I tried to hide it in a treat. She ate the treat and I found the pill on the ground. There was no way in hell she was eating this thing. I ended up throwing a way a very soggy little ball.
Day four I relented and got out the peanut butter. I wasn’t going to play this game twice a day for the rest of her life. Leave it to Misha to be the one dog that doesn’t like liver flavor pills.