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July 05, 2006


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Couldn't believe your remarks to the lady with the small incontinent dog. Believe me it happens and you either put the dog to sleep or you deal with it. Well since we do love our dogs so,it is not always the right choice to just throw up your hands and be done with them. I can't believe you couldn't have been more understanding. I also have an incontinent dog. It has only been a week but I am dealing with it. I too use baby diapers.
Why is my dog incontinent. I'll tell you, she became paralyzed from the middle of the back down. I am hoping for a recovery but I have my doubts at the moment that it will be. I am doing all I can to keep her comfortable, safe and happy. Put her to sleep you say....that is not going to happen for quite awhile. She is still the sweetest most lovable little dog ever. She is so happy to have us for her owners.... We don't know what caused the paralysis, it just happened suddenly, unexpectedly. Our vet examined her, tested her, x-ayed her. It turns out that is a back problem and her spinal cord is being pinched.
We are still hoping she gets better. We have feel very sorry for is not her fault she is the way she is.

There are many many people who care for their handicapped pets as their are many people who care for their invalid parents. Why because we love them!!! Are they worth spending money on, you decide!

My 12 year old Basset Hound is only this week beginning to show signs of incontinence. I found the tip about baby diapers to be very helpful indeed, and intend to try it. I live in an apartment, or on sunny days my dog would be an outdoor dog...she loves to stretch out in the grass and sunbathe, so I wouldn't be doing her an injustice. However, I can certainly sympathize with the lady's indignance. Do a Google search on dog diapers. You'll see that doggy incontinence is not all that rare.
I don't doubt that you do have a heart for animals and a genuine desire to be helpful, but ignorance is no excuse for insensitivity.

My dog developed incontinence as a result of having to take prednisone at age 6. The (more competent) vet I went to gave her phenopropanolamine (PPA) which she took for the rest of her life. It used to be very cheap as it was a generic allergy drug for humans but apparently began to be used as a weight loss product. Anyway, it is still available for dogs with a prescription and probably has various brand names, but if the vet approves the rx, it shouldn't be too hard to get and not terribly expensive with a little comparison shopping. (It used to cost about $15 per 500 tabs, something like that; I think the last I paid might have been $30 per 100 when it became rx. BTW, don't let your vet prescibe steroids except as a LAST option or at least ask a lot of questions before using that option.

We are killing the rainforest

Blame the parents of a murderer parents for the crime

Doctors should have, should not have the permission to end the life of a terminally ill patient

I also have a 13 year old small dog that has recently become incontinent. I also found the woman's comments about how to fit diapers for a dog very helpful. You didn't have to be such a jerk about it. Allow me to enlighten you: this problem is very common, especially in spayed dogs and older dogs. Maybe you didn't notice becuase your dogs happened to be kept outside.

In older dogs incontinence is a problem. I get rugs from garbage and neighbors because my OLDER bichon frise uses it to piss on. I throw them away after awhile. YES he is housebroken and is so upset when this happens. But I'm certainly not going to put him down. And he hates diapers.

And dogs are not meant to be kept outside in some climates. Unless you'd like a frozen dog.

I haven't been up to much today. What can I say? I can't be bothered with anything lately. I just don't have anything to say these days, but eh. I don't care.

Freedom is more important than security

Wow, I really loved reading your post. It was informative and funny. I do feel bad for that incontinent dog though. recently, I have been doing a lot of internet research on wheelchairs for dogs. I didn't even realize they had them at first, until I stumbled across it on a website. Pretty sweet if you ask me.

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