I belong to a 9-year-old female poodle. She has had a few accidents in the last few weeks (all in her sleep). She had a complete urinalysis, and that was OK.My question is: If it is incontinence starting, is there anything other than drugs to control this condition? If not, what about side effects?.
R.D.M., Neptune, NJ Feb 22, 2004
Since your dog's urinalysis is all clear, she is probably suffering from incontinence associated with being spayed. A short course of treatment with replacement hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES) may prove safe and effective. Long-term treatment is to be avoided because of potentially harmful side effects. I have found that many incontinent spayed dogs respond well to DES medication given for 7 to 10 days, and do not need to be given repeated treatments for several months.
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