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How Can I Effectively Manage Urinary Issues in My Rescued Doberman?


Dear VetBabble, I’m Caring for a Rescued Dobie with Urinary Issues

Understanding Incontinence in Dogs

Friend, your concern about your three-year-old Doberman’s urinary leaking issue is completely understandable. This problem can often occur in rescue dogs, especially if they were used for breeding extensively. Coupled with the fact that there may potentially be existing health issues due to overbreeding, the situation becomes even more crucial to handle. The occurrence of urinary leaking signifies incontinence. Overbred dogs may have weakened pelvic muscles or sphincter control, resulting in this condition. That said, this issue could also arise from various other causes. In the case of female dogs, it’s not uncommon to experience Spay Urinary Incontinence, caused by hormone imbalances post-spaying. Moreover, Urinary Tract Infections could also lead to similar symptoms, demanding a different treatment approach. Hence, the key here is to approach this situation not with a painting brush but with a fine pencil; understanding that each case will be unique and require its own tailored solution.

Exploring Possible Causes

Before you try out any over-the-counter medications like “Leak No More,” it’s essential to identify the root cause because it can make all the difference in treating the condition effectively. As I’ve mentioned earlier, a weakened pelvic muscle may be a reason for the leaking. But, it might also be a symptom of a previous urine marking habit, or an underlying health condition such as a urinary tract infection or bladder stones. In case your pet is also showing signs of discomfort while urinating or there’s blood in the urine, it could be indicative of infections or inflammations like Cystitis. To eliminate any guesswork, I suggest you take your Dobie for a veterinary checkup. A thorough physical examination and urinalysis will help identify if there are any problems contributing to her incontinence.

Approaching Treatment and Management

Once you have identified the exact cause behind her urinary incontinence, you can work closely with your veterinarian to create an effective treatment plan customized for your furbaby’s needs. After all, right treatment brings about better outcomes. Don’t lose heart if your Doberman doesn’t respond immediately to the treatments. Sometimes, it may take some time before you notice positive changes. Furthermore, please keep in mind that treatment might involve more than medication. It may include dietary changes, increased water consumption, regular exercise, or a combination of these. As difficult as it may be dealing with an overbred rescue dog with urinary issues, it is important to remember that stress can worsen urinary problems. Therefore, a loving, patient, and understanding home environment is the best thing you can provide for your dog right now. Make sure she feels understood and loved despite the challenges she is facing. And remember, friend, you’re doing a fantastic job. Taking on the care of a rescue dog, especially a Doberman with added health challenges, isn’t an easy task. Your love and dedication are the beginning of her happy journey to recovery. All success to you!

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