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Old 10-15-2012, 05:47 AM   #1
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Default Incontinence?..turns out to be diabetes

I'd just like to ask what experience anyone has with older dogs and incontinence

And at what point it is considered incontinence, and what other implications it may have.

On Thursday morning Arny's bedding was wet when he got up. He hadn't properly wet himself as the bed was not soaking wet, but obviously he had wet a bit. I had to go away on Thursay and Friday to a funeral so my parents had both Arny and Roly for me. I'd told my mum what had happened that mornig and asked her to keep an eye out. Well when I got back Friday he had been fine.

On Friday night Arny had my up 7 times! He wanted to go in the garden each time and seemed to drink a lot too.

On Saturday afternoon he wee'd in the hall way (a proper massive Arny tiddle) when I got back from shopping, which he never ever does.

Then on Saturday night and last night he had me up twice each night. When he got me up at 2am this morning his bedding was wet again.

I've just spoken to the vet and I am taking him in tonight with a urine sample (if I can get one).

I'm very apprehensive, and I am getting quite worried about what might be happening to him.

I'll probably ask for blood test to be done too, do you think this is necessary or am I over reacting?

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If he's drinking lots and weeing lots it could be kidney trouble. How old is Arny?
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PMR No I don't think you are over reacting better to be safe then sorry So good on you for talking with your vet and that you are going to see him later with a urine sample! It may just be a simple UTI so be sure mention this to the vets later on. Good luck and let us know how you get on please
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PMR, you are not over reacting. He could just have a UTI, but you're doing the right thing by taking him in. When I had to do a urine collection for Casey, I walked him on leash in the back yard. I took a 2 quart plastic container with a snap on lid. It made collection easy, (well, sort of) and I snapped on the lid as soon as he was done. Please let us know what the vet says.

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Hi, Arny was 15 at the end of August.


I never managed to get a urine sample at lunchtime I got their leads on and wen straight out with them as usual, and never picked anything up to collect a sample in . . . . . when we got home he never wanted another tiddle in the garden . . . . just my luck.

So the container is on the bench and I will hopefully remember to collect the sample as I let him out when I get back in from work later. It will save him from the vet doing it with a catheter.

I must say there was no accidents and no wet bedding in the house when I went in at luchtime, and Arny was fine.

Fingers crossed it's just a uti I've been thinking uti, diabities, kidney/organ failure . . . . . in the small hours when you're awake worrying everything goes through your head. I will let you all know what the vet says.

Thanks for the replies.

Oh and I have a one litre washed out ice cream container for the job,

Trish

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Trish, we all worry when our dogs are not feeling well, especially when they are senior dogs. I can well imagine what was going through your head. I think many of us have been there. We will be thinking about you....

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When you get a urine sample. It doesn't have to be the whole elimination. Just a 1/2 cup or so. Put it in the fridge it you ardn't going to the vet for a while.
They can do a microscopic on it to determine if there is an infection.
Just any clean container is fine.
Sound more like the infection Lucy had to me.
Kidney failure they get all shaky and stuff.
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Thanks Techie, I'm sure you of all people can imagine how worrying it is at their age when something starts to go wrong He had urinalysis done in January on his anual check up, so they should have a good maker to comapre to (if they need it).

Hope you are okay

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Do let us know how things go at the vet and be assured we're all keeping all good thoughts for both Arnie and you.
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Yes! I too would like to know!
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