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Old 11-16-2013, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Leaking clear fluid from vagina

I just noticed my 2 year old female, Sakč is leaking clear fluid from her vagina. It is flowing quite quickly, dripping onto a mat I've placed on the floor for her. She is continuously licking the area, but don't seem to be itchy or too discomforted, I think the leaking sensation is distracting her. She was desexed/spayed at 6 months and this hasn't happened before. Out of my two dobies, Sakč is quite the independent dog, however she's been very cuddly today and wants to sleep leaning against me (which I love! but she's leaking all over the couch!). Any thoughts?


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I suggest a trip to the vet. Two possibilities are a bladder infection (UTI) or stump pyometra.
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I suggest a trip to the vet. Two possibilities are a bladder infection (UTI) or stump pyometra.
When my dog Greta developed incontinence I thought it was fluid leaking from the vagina, also, because it didn't smell like urine. But the vet set me straight, it was urine and she had become incontinent.

I can't remember how old she was...two or three maybe. She had been spayed at 6 months also, but didn't develop the incontinence until later. She takes the hormone DES...for quite a while we had her down to one pill a week (1mg) but then she started leaking again and now she takes 1 mg every third day. Works great, though, no more incontinence.
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I would recommend that you have the vet do x-rays of the bladder to see if there are any stones in the bladder or urethra, which could cause signs of incontinence.
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It sounds like she may be have incontinence possibly from being spayed at a young age. I certainly wouldn't diagnose and a prompt visit to your vet is in order. Best of luck
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Vet.

In addition to the two possibilities Rosemary suggested, spay incontinence is certainly high on the list.

It's not been found to be associated with spay at a young age--that used to be what folks thought, but science hasn't borne that out--so don't kick yourself over her spay age, if that is what it is.

DES as tx for spay incontinence is outdated and old school. Most vets prescribe Proin nowadays.

I had great success with natural alternatives, which many dog people use--that is corn silk and pumpkin seed oil. If this turns out to be her diagnosis from your vet, check into the use of these supplements.

They can act synergistically with the Proin, or even control the issue alone, in some cases. My girl takes just these supplements, and is leak-free now.

Let us know what the dog doc says.
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Spay Incontinence would be my first guess and a trip to the vet ASAP.
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Vet.

In addition to the two possibilities Rosemary suggested, spay incontinence is certainly high on the list.

It's not been found to be associated with spay at a young age--that used to be what folks thought, but science hasn't borne that out--so don't kick yourself over her spay age, if that is what it is.

DES as tx for spay incontinence is outdated and old school. Most vets prescribe Proin nowadays.

I had great success with natural alternatives, which many dog people use--that is corn silk and pumpkin seed oil. If this turns out to be her diagnosis from your vet, check into the use of these supplements.

They can act synergistically with the Proin, or even control the issue alone, in some cases. My girl takes just these supplements, and is leak-free now.

Let us know what the dog doc says.
Oh, I'll make an appointment with my vet immediately and berate him for using an outdated and old-school treatment for Greta's incontinence. Even though it has worked like a charm for years, with no apparent side effects and absolutely no incontinence.

Oh, and here's something I just read: "PPA (Proin) should not be given to dogs with high blood pressure or heart disease."

Hmmm. Considering that 50-60% of Dobermans get heart disease, maybe Proin isn't such a good choice for Dobermans. Especially considering the low risk of side effects from DES at the low dosages used to treat incontinence.

Hmmm. Maybe my old-school vet even had that in mind when he decided to go with the DES. Which, as I said, has worked like a charm.

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Oh, I'll make an appointment with my vet immediately and berate him for using an outdated and old-school treatment for Greta's incontinence. Even though it has worked like a charm for years, with no apparent side effects and absolutely no incontinence.

Oh, and here's something I just read: "PPA (Proin) should not be given to dogs with high blood pressure or heart disease."

Hmmm. Considering that 50-60% of Dobermans get heart disease, maybe Proin isn't such a good choice for Dobermans. Especially considering the low risk of side effects from DES at the low dosages used to treat incontinence.

Hmmm. Maybe my old-school vet even had that in mind when he decided to go with the DES. Which, as I said, has worked like a charm.
U mad?

Look, there's no need to get your panties in a wad--my vets, the vets I've worked for, and articles and networking I've done on this have led me to my opinion as stated above.

There are most certainly potential side effects to every medication. Sometimes, it's a matter of picking your poison.

If you re-read my post, you will see my actual recommendation is to try herbal supplements, first, with vet approval.

DES, btw, is an estrogen supplement, and has its own side effects--because your dog has not suffered any that you've noticed, is no reason to just dismiss that out of hand.

Did your vet ever get that cardiologist consult set up for your girl, since we're discussing medical stuff?
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I am not dismissing the potential side effects of DES. I just know that at the low dosage used for controlling incontinence, the potential for side effects is minimal.

As for the cardiologist consult...my vet has been consulting a cardiologist since they first did the EKG. The veterinary clinic I go to has always been good about consulting with specialists and seeking advice when needed.

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I am glad you started this thread. I was about to start the same thread. My girl is doing the same thing. It started as just a few drips and as of last night there was a huge puddle like she peed in her sleep. She is 3. We have a trip to the vet tomorrow! Best wishes for your girl!!
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Good luck everyone whose females are incontinent. Coco is one of them also. She was spayed at 6 months and developed it around 3 years old I believe.

I have had great success with cornsilk capsules. I open the capsules and mix the powder in with her food or yogurt. I feed her raw and like more natural, holistic remedies so she has not been on any medications. So far this has been working for her.

We are lucky because Coco does not leak constantly. About 3 or 4 times a year I notice her starting to leak and I use cornsilk for a few days which dries her up for the next 3 to 4 months.

When I first discovered she was incontinent, we needed to use the cornsilk for about a month straight but since then it works out as mentioned above.

If the cornsilk ever stops working for her I will try more natural remedies as there are many you can try...like RFR mentioned pumpkin seed oil is one. I have also read about marshmallow root, lemon balm, horsetail. I am lucky because there is a holistic vet near me that sells lots of herbs so I went there when I realized Coco was leaking.

Good luck. Once it is managed it is not a big deal!!
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Good luck everyone whose females are incontinent. Coco is one of them also. She was spayed at 6 months and developed it around 3 years old I believe.

I have had great success with cornsilk capsules. I open the capsules and mix the powder in with her food or yogurt. I feed her raw and like more natural, holistic remedies so she has not been on any medications. So far this has been working for her.

We are lucky because Coco does not leak constantly. About 3 or 4 times a year I notice her starting to leak and I use cornsilk for a few days which dries her up for the next 3 to 4 months.

When I first discovered she was incontinent, we needed to use the cornsilk for about a month straight but since then it works out as mentioned above.

If the cornsilk ever stops working for her I will try more natural remedies as there are many you can try...like RFR mentioned pumpkin seed oil is one. I have also read about marshmallow root, lemon balm, horsetail. I am lucky because there is a holistic vet near me that sells lots of herbs so I went there when I realized Coco was leaking.

Good luck. Once it is managed it is not a big deal!!
Thank you for that helpful info! I would rather do natural remedies that the meds. We will see what the vet says today!
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Thank you for that helpful info! I would rather do natural remedies that the meds. We will see what the vet says today!
Your vet may not be familiar--and hence, be skeptical--of the natural supplementation remedies.

Just as a heads-up
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Lots of vets and doctors are skeptical of using herbs.

Herbs can also have interactions with some medications, so it's always necessary to let your veternarian know what supplements and herbs you are giving your pets.
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Thank you! Of course I will go with what the vet says first! At the vet now, she is in the back getting an x-ray. They think she has a stone
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Thank you! Of course I will go with what the vet says first! At the vet now, she is in the back getting an x-ray. They think she has a stone
Oh no, hope she doesn't have a stone.

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Phew! What a scare! They said she had a bladder infection. She had blood in her pee which led them to the X-ray. Better to be safe than sorry! Hopefully the meds will clear her up.
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