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  1. We can't figure out what's wrong with my (almost) 12 year old greyhound. I took her to the vet 3 weeks ago with diarrhea. Metronidazole 500mg and subcutaneous fluids didn't help. Soon after, she started drinking lots of water and became incontinent. If I don't make her go out every 2 hours (longer at night), she will pee in her bed. After another visit last week, my vet suspected mild azotemia and renal insufficiency. Her specific gravity (refractory) was 1.020; no protein in urine; BUN was 37; and CRE was 2.0. The vet wanted keep her overnight and do an IV fluid diuresis, but I opted for more sub fluids and a home trial of 50 mgs Phenylpropanolamine (Prion) 2 times a day. This hasn't helped - she still has little bladder control. We did change her food to Prescription Diet k/d. This helped a lot as she doesn't have diarrhea anymore. The above values above don't seem high for a greyhound. These problems seemed to have come on suddenly, and I'm wondering if these are kidney problems or something else. Any ideas? I'm going crazy with the diapers, little sleep and washing dog beds! I'd appreciate any advice or opinions :) Melissa
  2. The issue, my 5 year old greyhound has been diagnosed with spay incontinence. Kidney values were checked all normal. 2 different meds have been recommended 1 - Diethylstilbestrol (DES) and 2 - Phenylpropanolamine (Proin) I was hoping to get your feedback on side effects, dosage and symptoms of incontinence. Chai has been on DES since March 1st 2013, the recommended dosage was 1 every day for 2 days, 1 every 2 days for 4 days then 1 every 3-4 days for maintenance. She was having some breakthrough at every 4 days so I switched her to every 3 days, still more breakthrough at every 3 days so she has just gone through every 2 days for 4 days and today there was more breakthrough Thank you! Carole
  3. Uri, age 13, has started leaking urine - not full accidents, just leakage when he sleeps. We're trying to manage it with Leaks No More drops and going outdoors every 3 hours for a pee, but overnights or longer stints, he still leaks. So we got a belly band and tried it yesterday and overnight for the first time. Sadly -- and he's mortified of course that I'm sharing this publicly -- it seems that Uri's penis is not long enough to stay inside the band! I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem or if I'm not putting it on him properly. When I wrap it around his waist, sliding it as far back towards his rear as his legs will allow, the tip of his penis is barely enclosed, and after a bit of moving around, it pops right out. This happens no matter how I adjust the snugness on the band. Basically I feel like the band can't be slid any further backwards on him, yet it just can't hold the tip in. Anyone else have this problem?
  4. Hello friends, I hope you are all well. Several years ago this community was wonderful in its support of our efforts to keep our space aggressive greyhound, Joe, while also having a young child in the house. (Old thread here.) Almost six years and one more kid later, Joe is happily still with our family. It has been a long and winding road, but (knock on wood) there have been no incidents and he will be ten years old in July! I am writing because we are about to visit the vet again to address his recently developed incontinence and I want to be as informed as possible. I have done quite a bit of research online (including this forum) about possible causes but wanted to reach out for any tips or recommendations about our specific situation. Generally, we have not noticed any changes in behavior other than the incontinence. No weight loss, lethargy (other than normal), and no excessive drinking. He has definitely aged over the last year and slowed down quite a bit; he has trouble going up and down stairs because of arthritis. All his test results/check ups came back normal in February. The vet said he was probably just getting older (he's nine); might have doggie arthritis which makes it difficult to get up in time; or he could have some kind of cognitive/Alzheimer's-type issue where he just doesn't care where he pees. Here is a breakdown of how this has progressed: -In late January/Early Feb. Joe started to consistently have accidents in the house - mostly urine - and at night. When he had to go, he would bark in the middle of the night, and we would get up and walk him. Not ideal, but workable. Knowing older dogs can't hold it like they used to, we figured we weren't walking him enough (4-5 times a day). -Over the next few weeks, he stopped barking and would just pee in the house - sometimes nightly. He occasionally pooped in the house as well. We kept thinking maybe it was our fault (we weren't walking him enough or late/early enough), but also knew he had never done this before. We continued to assume old age. He was getting about 7-8 (!!!) walks a day at this point. At this time, most of the accidents were in at night. Note: We do/did try letting him out in the yard but he just stands there and doesn't do much - he only goes to the bathroom on his walks and in the house. -In late February, he peed on his bed. He would never want to do that and we thought there might be a real problem. This is when we took him to the vet -In March, it continued to get worse. He started to pee in the house during the day - even after short periods of time and our dogwalker started to encounter messes. (He got a dental during this month and they did testing in preparation and everything came back okay .) --Currently (April), it has gotten progressively worse. He is peeing multiple times at night and during the day. We walk him during every free moment and have the dogwalker come as much as we can afford while we are gone during the day. Now, if we leave the house for even an hour, he pees in his room. Even after multiple walks. Even when we are home with him all day. We are meeting with the vet (again) this week. Please let me know if you can recommend any tests to ask for or questions to ask him/her. If you have any experience with this or inclination of what might be wrong, we would also appreciate your input. If it's hormonal he might need meds and while I have read plenty about hormone treatment for females, I've seen less about males. There is also the possibility he simply has decided he wants to go in the house (we don't get angry or upset with him) and it might be easier for him. I feel like this is less of a possibility because he is going to the bathroom where he eats and sleeps - which I think he would prefer not to do. Thank you again for any comments or suggestions.
  5. so, all has been well with Jonny and we've finalised the adoption by ending the trial period early. It's as though we've had him with us for years! Oddly, though, today specifically, every time Jonny falls asleep he does a wee. regardless of where he is. he did it last night (which i realised this morning) and I thought it might be just because he was obviously busting to go. I took him for a walk when I got up at 6:30 immediately and he did a huge wee. So he must have had a lot stored up. Poor dude. (we will remove the water bowl at night) but he has just done it again while sleeping on the outside couch.... not sure if anyone has any insight. My partner thinks it's because he has been missing me. We are trialling him upstairs with my partner while he is home from work for the next couple of days instead of in the office with me as per all of the last week. I'm just not sure about that, despite reading up on separation anxiety because: 1 - my partner is with him 2 - he did it while sleeping as opposed to consciously awake In saying that, he did accidentally go in the dining room last night because we were late taking him outside so he could go. Blamed ourselves for that one, but has that maybe started something?
  6. Hi there, This is my first post here. I am a new greyhound owner...since June. Our beautiful boy is having some urinary issues (since about 3 weeks after we got him). He has days of excessive thirst and then cannot hold his bladder and will pee in his crate even if in there for a short time. It seems to fluctuate...he will be good for 4 days (drinking normal amounts, peeing shorter amounts and more yellow, and able to hold) and then he will have a couple bad days. His blood work is normal and unrine test normal....except that his urine was not very concentrated at one of his urine test times...he had drank a lot that afternoon before the test. When he had it tested in the morning it was normal. Was wondering if anyone has encountered the same issues and/or has any ideas to help us get to the bottom of this. Otherwise, he seems completely fine, energetic, no other problems. He is 2 years old. Thanks!
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