This, of course, is not the end of the world but not something either Cookie or ourselves enjoy either.
Cookie doesn't like "making a mess" and we don't want her to wake up in a drenched bed either. I also don't want her to end up with skin issues because of that.
We have established strategies to keep Cookie and everything else as dry as possible.
All beds and couches are lined with pee pads, covered up with a blankie. Two reasons for the blankie - it's more comfortable, and it helps keep the pee pads in place. It would be easier to just cover everything with pee pads, but they'd just end up crumpled in the corner slacking off, unable to do their job. It means extra laundry, but it works.
We make sure she gets frequent enough potty breaks and goes to pee before bed.
Cookie's leaks were diagnosed as hormone-responsive incontinence.
It would make sense given that according to all evidence she was spayed extremely young. But there are some things that are not adding up in my mind.
Why did Cookie start leaking shortly after her bout of pancreatitis? Yes, it's true the pancreatitis could have been a fluke, and the two just coincided in time and had nothing to do one with another.
Having had an abdominal ultrasound while we were trying to figure out the reason for her elevated ALT, nobody saw any anatomical abnormalities in the pee department.
And yet when and how the leaks happen doesn't make sense most of the time.
Cookie can go without leaks for months. We keep her on phytoestrogen supplement with r/x estrogen therapy when needed. Last time she had her r/x was November of the last year. Just now we had to start another round.
Could it be influenced by the amount of exercise?
I imagine that being more tired would contribute. Plus when running and playing a lot, not only the body gets more tired, but Cookie also gets thirsty and drinks more. So far that makes sense.
Does Cookie typically leak at night or when sleeping?
Sometimes. She may or may not be asleep when it happens. It may be at night, in the morning, during the day, or in the evening. Sometimes she might wake up with couple little drops on her bed; sometimes she can make a puddle hanging out after dinner.
Here is where it gets the most interesting:
Cookie is perfectly able to remain dry through the night in spite of getting up with a full bladder. And she is perfectly able to leave a puddle right after she peed outside, with bladder presumably mostly voided.
So how come the sphincter can hold large volume one day and not a small amount the next?
That is my question. There is no predictable pattern to things. Would all that mean there is something more involved than a garden variety incontinence?
A wet bed every now and then isn't really that big of a deal.
But if there is something else involved, what else is it affecting?
I am perfectly aware that things don't always happen according to a textbook. But this keeps bothering me. The things about Cookie's leaks that are not adding up.
Do you have a dog with hormone-responsive incontinence? What is your experience?
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