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Old 04-04-2006, 11:03 AM   #1
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Over a month ago I adopted a 5 year old female Blue Healer mix from the shelter I volunteer at - she was a long time resident, had been there since she was 6 months old - so I can not call previous home for history.

Every now and again (5 times in approx 6 weeks) she appears to have a bladder leak. I have spoken to my vet and he seems to think it's a side affect from been de-sexed, and we should put her on homone therapy.

I'm not keen to put her on hormone therapy, but we love to cuddle on couch and watch DVD's - and it's not so much fun I have to pull apart the couch and wash.

I would appreciat it if you have had this problem, and can suggest another option - or let me know how the hormone therapy worked for you if you used it.

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When our Irish Setter got about 11, he started "leaking" in his sleep. He was such a grand, elegant, well mannered old guy and you could tell he was truly upset over what he "was doing". We are tolking about 10 years ago so I don't remember what the vet gave him, but it did stop the leaking. I lost Boots to bone cancer 9 years ago come July 8 at age 12 1/2.

You can also buy these "pants" and pads for her to wear. Reckon you can find tht at most any pet store. I do know a lady on another boad who used this method on her German Shepherd for 2 years.

By the way, you call name, are you from Australia by any chance? I was born there, but a year old when Mom and I got to join Dad here in Texas in '46--war brides came to states in order of how long they had been married. Anyway, Mom went back to visit her brother and sister a couple of times after all 5 of us kids were grown and married, and she brought back a jar of vegemite--and that was the worst stuff I had ever put in my mouth.Yukky, ow, nasty, yuk, puke. Was even worse than licorish or hominy.
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Thanks for that 3 Goldens

My little Tillie isn't exactly grand, however she does look awfully embarrassed when she leeks. She does same as your old fella - only has the problem at rest.

I have looked at the pants/pads online and they are bloom'n expensive - not to mention the land fill issue.

I have decided to take Tillie to another Vet and get a 2nd opinion.

And yes, I am from Australia - moved here (to Texas) last August. Moving out of Australia at one I'm guessing you don't remember anything.

If you still have any vegemite in your pantry (it never goes off by the way) try just putting it on bread and butter very thin and add some cheese and toast or grill it... It's Yummmmy!!!!

I had a friend who's great dane had some health problem, can't remember what it was, the vet actually told her to give the Great Dane a couple of vegemite sandwiches a day. He loved it too.

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Took Miss Tillie, to different vet for 2nd opinion.

Turns out Tillie has a bad bladder infection, looks like she's had it for some time (poor girl). Have been on anti-biotics since Friday arvo and things are looking up!!

Her appitite has improved dramatically - and she's getting a little cheeky!!


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This is really good news. I am so glad you got a second opinion. Even tho i have goldens now, I think Irish Setters are the most elegant of all breeds. Boots didnt' know how to walk, he strutted. He was a grand, elegant old man. ..but no more loved than my 2 pure goldens or my adopted golden mix. It is the heart that matters.

On one of my golden boards one young female was always having problems. She seemed to keep infections, didn't gain weight like she should, etc. The vet decided she probably had a liver shunt and surgery was done at one of the universities that has a vet school, research, mega hospital, etc. It was not a liver shunt. She was living on antibiotics and they couldn't find the problem. I do not know how many specialist they took her to, how many tests were run, etc. AND THEN ONE DOCTOR found the problem. She had an extra flap of skin that did not allow all her pee to come out and it stayed behind that flap causing infection. Unlike a bladder infection that will cure with antibiotics, this infection would get better, but the problem was still there and the infection would come back. Three weeks ago she had surgery to remove that flap of skin and all is looking great for her. Perisitance paid off for that little girl who for months had fought infections, had surgery, tons of tests, and then fianlly a surgery that was for the right thing.

And no thanks, I would pass on that vegemite even if I had a jar now.
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This is really good news. I am so glad you got a second opinion. Even tho i have goldens now, I think Irish Setters are the most elegant of all breeds. Boots didnt' know how to walk, he strutted. He was a grand, elegant old man. ..but no more loved than my 2 pure goldens or my adopted golden mix. It is the heart that matters.
I agree - Irish Setters do have some sort of air of royalty and beautiful cadence in their step ... also agree with "It is the heart that matters.

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On one of my golden boards one young female was always having problems. She seemed to keep infections, didn't gain weight like she should, etc. The vet decided she probably had a liver shunt and surgery was done at one of the universities that has a vet school, research, mega hospital, etc. It was not a liver shunt. She was living on antibiotics and they couldn't find the problem. I do not know how many specialist they took her to, how many tests were run, etc. AND THEN ONE DOCTOR found the problem. She had an extra flap of skin that did not allow all her pee to come out and it stayed behind that flap causing infection. Unlike a bladder infection that will cure with antibiotics, this infection would get better, but the problem was still there and the infection would come back. Three weeks ago she had surgery to remove that flap of skin and all is looking great for her. Perisitance paid off for that little girl who for months had fought infections, had surgery, tons of tests, and then fianlly a surgery that was for the right thing.
That poor girl! I hope that's the end of her bladder infections. My Girl Tillie isn't responding as she should to the anti-biotics. They are doing coltures on her urine specimin, apparently vet has had some resistant strains of bacteria latley. Sould hear about the results on Friday.

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That is getting to be true of human antibiotics as well. Ones that use to work don't work so well anymore. Those nasty little "bugs" just develope a stronger immune system to the antibiotics over time and it takes new and stronger ones to wipe them out.

I hope they do hit on the right antibiotic for Miss Tillie. By the way that would not be short for Matilda, like in Waltzing Matilda, would it? The last time my Mom went to Australia, back about '85 (we lost her in '89) she brought me a Hurdy Gurdy that plays that tune. Most American's think it is the national Anthem of Australia.
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I hope they do hit on the right antibiotic for Miss Tillie.
I should get results today - I hope we get it right this time - My poor little girl, she looks so embarressed when she wets the bed, and problem appears to be getting worse.

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By the way that would not be short for Matilda, like in Waltzing Matilda, would it? The last time my Mom went to Australia, back about '85 (we lost her in '89) she brought me a Hurdy Gurdy that plays that tune. Most American's think it is the national Anthem of Australia.
Funny you should ask that, when I was considering weather or not I should addopt Tillie, the other volunteers from shelter said that Tillie was short for Maltilda - and this was an omen that she was ment for me.

I'm sorry you lost your Mum - do you still have the Hurdy Gurdy?? does it still work?

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