June 28th 2010 10:10 am
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Tia has spay incontinence. We had her on Proin for several years. I hated it because it's so hard on the liver, plus the expense of the meds and liver function blood work every 6 months.
Last year in frustration I did tons more research, talked to holistic vets, etc.
We changed her (and all our dogs) to a grain-free diet. I like Natural Balance either the buffalo or the bison formulas because they don't have ridiculously high protein and fat contents. The grains cause fermentation/gas/abdominal distension which can put pressure on the bladder. (An over weight dog also has added pressure on the bladder).
In addition to the grain-free diet, she takes Children's Bed Wetting Tablets by Hylands. This can be found in places like Whole Foods. She is 65 lbs. and gets 4 tablets 3 times a day. The tablets are very tiny and designed to dissolve under the tongue so they are easy to give. I put them in my hand and she licks them right up.
In addition to any pee pads you may have on furniture and stuff, be sure to keep her skin clean. I use baby wipes and Bag Balm as a moisture barrier. Urine left in contact with skin can cause blisters and hair loss.
I'm SO glad to see Vets moving away from the trend of spaying dogs at 6 months; for big dogs like Tia, that's just way too young.
Good luck! I hope you find a method that works. It can be frustrating but manageable.
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