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MYFAV5

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Hello everyone. I haven't been on here much lately, so much going on. Something is going on now with Blue and am taking her to the vet. She's a Border Collie/Irish Setter mix, will be 11yrs old in September and she's been acting different the past few weeks. She doesn't get on the couch or loveseat anymore. Well, I saw her get on the loveseat once about a week or so ago. Anyway, she also doesn't go outside and romp around with Little Bit & Tober like she used to. She lays around so much more. What concerns me is about 5 times in the past few weeks, when I let the dogs out in the morning, her tail brushes against me and it's wet :( She was housebroken in a day when we first got her and has only had one accident in the house since then, only because my brother was sleeping so heavy he didn't hear her persistant cries to let her out.

I'm taking her to the vet this afternoon but am wondering if you guys think maybe it's old age creeping in on her. She doesn't cry or voice any kind of pain. Still barks and things like that, just the little things that've been coming to light.

Also, Riefer's 2 year Bridge Anniversary is July 8 so part of me still relives taking a beloved fur baby to the vet for something (I think) is minor until I find out it's not. Just apprehensive.

Boo kitty (diagnosed CRF last May, but had since stabilized the past 8 months got very sick last night. If he's been sick since I'd been at work, then I'll take him to the vet to have his numbers checked. Hopefully, his CRF won't be back in full swing.

Thanks;
Lisa

bugsdogs

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Lisa,
I really don't know what to say about Blue and her situation. I guess just wait until you visit with the vet and you should have a better idea of what is going on with her. If it is old age your vet should tell you ways to help her with growing older, ways to help enhance her life, etc.  Let us hope it is just old age as we don't want her to have health issues.

Let us know what you find out and know that prayers are coming your way.

Helen
basil

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Dear Lisa

Thinking of you.  I am afraid that I just do not know, but I am sure that others here will.  Much love Di xxx
PrincessDogDad

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It may be old age Princess (my beloved Black Labrador) was still pretty active up until about 2 months before she passed away.  You must see the vet and get his/her opinion. I would get a second opinion if it seems serious. Will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts.

mw0263

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Dear Lisa,

You are doing the right thing by bringing Blue to the vet.  I had the same problem with my Comet about 2.5 years ago and it turned out to be old age.  She just could not hold her urine in when she was sleeping (Incontinence).  The vet told me that he had some medicine for her (Phenylpropanolamine) and that everything else was fine.  It just happens when they get older.  It is a good idea to have a vet look at her.

I'll be keeping you and Blue in my prayers that it's only old age and can be taken care of with some medicine.

Margaret
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Hi;
she has to go to the vet and get a urinalysis. When dogs get older they can leak urine, or have a bladder tumor, or a whole bunch of other reasons to be incontinent. Diabetes is another thing that can cause it, So is kidney issues. Is she drinking alot of water? the thing with phenylpropanalimine is that there are side effects just as with any drug. Your vet has to weigh out the importance of what is going on against the risks of the meds etc. The other thing is that you mention the not wanting to jump and romp and play. Not normal. 11 is not that old for a setter border collie mix. But each dog is different. Could she have slipped a disc ? sure. Maybe slightly. Or it could also be so many other things related to or not related to the urinary problem. Are you fiding puddles in the house or just the tail a little wet? Are you sure that it is urine? could she be chewing? Definately get her checked out do blood work and radiographs and urinealysis to get to the bottom of what is happening with her. There are so many new meds and treatments on the market today that no dog should have to be to sore to play. Good luck let  me know what happens
MYFAV5

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Thankfully, Blue is fine. Vet did urinalysis and it's Incontinence. He gave her some meds and to bring her back for a follow up when she's through with the pills. He said he didn't think it was anything else to worry since she didn't drink excessively, frequent urinating, etc.

Boo is fine as well. He didn't get sick while I was at work y'day and he didn't get sick last night. Still keeping an eye on him as well as Blue.

Vet also said for Blue's arthritis, which is just in beginning stages, to give her children's (coated-better for her tummy) aspirin and that should be all for her until she gets to the point that she needs stronger meds.

Thank you all for your kind words. I slept way better last night knowing everyone was okay.

Lisa
kdclairmo

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Hi Lisa, I am so glad to hear Blue is fine.  I have a 13 yr old Aussie Baby Girl and she was diagnosed with incontinence as well and is on the same medicine as Margaret's dog was Pheynopropline (sp?) and it has done wonders for her. It started out as she was always chewing at her rear end area and it always seemed wet too and then sometimes we would find damp spots on our bed where she had been laying. Now with the medicine she is doing great and no more damp areas and no wet behind. 

Take care.
Karen
MYFAV5

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That's wonderful to hear. Vet said to give one every twelve hours, but I could start just one a day & see how she does, so I'm doing that. She doesn't care, just another reason to get more bread!! LOL. She's on allergy meds as well (allergic to grass of all things) & she takes that pill w/a piece of bread every other day. Used to she wouldn't take meds, BUT, she soon saw she was getting bread with it so she gobbles it up. LOL

HelenY

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Dear Lisa-- I've been following your thread & just wanted to let you know that my Teddy was on the pheynopropoline for years and it was a tremendous help.  Now they have the chewable kind. 

      I'm so glad that your Blue is doing fine.  I said prayers for you when I read the first post.  I'll keep them coming.

                 Many hugs-- Teddy's Mom
MYFAV5

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Thank you Teddy's Mom. Having lost my oldest nearly 2 years ago and then everything that happened in the past two years (Tober contracting Parvo and nearly dying, Blue having surgery to remove lump on her ear, and Boo diagnosed CRF) it just terrifies me when one starts acting unlike theirself.

Thank you all again;
Lisa
MYFAV5

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Blue is still doing well. No accidents since last Monday morning. Still rotten (lol) but I don't think there's a cure for that :) LOL

mw0263

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So glad Blue is still doing good.  Keep us posted on the good news!

Margaret
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