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05/09/2011
 
 
Barked: Mon Dec 26, '11 9:06am PST 
Hello everyone, Just wondering if anyone has had a similar situation and if so how the issue was resolved. We have a 10 year old yellow lab and this morning we found that not only did she soak her bed threw with urine but as her bed was being cleaned she was laying down and she just wet herself right there, she didnt move, didnt whine its as if she doesnt even know she is doing it. A few weeks ago this happened too but it went away and now it is back. The urine is colorless and semi orderless, from the sounds of things she may just be lacking estergen and is in need of hormone pills. We have a vet appointment schedualed so she can go in and have herself looked at.

Any advice would be very welcome!
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Belle

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Barked: Tue Dec 27, '11 12:53pm PST 
I would run bloodwork to check organ function/diabetes. If she's unaware that she's peeing, it's very likely there is some kind of incontinence at play. But to have such large amounts of very diluted urine may mean she's drinking way more than she should be, which is often a sign of bigger issues. And if it is a bigger issue, incontinence meds will only mask it. Treating the bigger issue to start may make the whole problem go away.
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Bruno CGC

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Barked: Tue Dec 27, '11 1:16pm PST 
"The urine is colorless and semi orderless, from the sounds of things she may just be lacking estergen and is in need of hormone pills."

This is extremely unlikely. The majority of spayed female dogs (who after all have little or no estrogen production since the ovaries are removed) have no trouble with incontinence. You are probably conflating human aging processes (which include menopause, loss of estrogen) with dog aging.

A friend of mine's older female lab recently developed similar symptoms- turned out she has diabetes insipidus, where the kidneys fail to concentrate the urine, so it is very dilute. She has to drink a lot of water to keep hydrated, and pee very frequently.

Of course there are other reasons for incontinence in senior dogs, a vet check is what she needs. Good luck, hope it's nothing serious!
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