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Hello Annette, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.I'm sorry for this concern for Titch. I do have a few additional questions to ask first, if you don't mind:1. Just to be clear, is she leaking from her vaginal area? Where she urinates?2. Does she walk around leaking or does she appear to only leak when she's laying down or sleeping?3. Is she spayed?There may be a slight delay after I receive your answers since I have to type up a response to you. Thanks for your patience. Deb
Even though there isn't an apparent odor to the liquid that she's leaking, this sounds like Titch may be suffering from urinary incontinence. This is a condition that affects spayed dogs (but not all spayed dogs) where their bladder sphincter control is diminished and they can leak urine at rest or while sleeping. This is a totally involuntary activity. This problem can come and go, they can leak a small amount of urine or a large amount but it always progresses to an every day occurrence. Many dogs are quite bothered when they leak because they like to keep themselves clean or because it "tickles" but many will lick this area when moisture is present.There are several very effective medications for the problem.1. Proin (phenypropanolamine) which is a drug that needs to be given 1-2 times a day. If she only leaks at night, then it only needs to be given in the pm. If she leaks all day, then she will need it twice daily. The drug controls this problem very well and is considered safe long term. My own personal dog had been on it for 7-8 years before she passed.2. DES which is estrogen. This is what was used years ago but today, it has to be compounded by a special pharmacy. Dogs are weaned down to 1-2 times a week to control this issue. It can affect platelets so that a CBC needs to be regularly monitored.
3. There’s a new veterinary drug, Incurin (estriol) which is also available. It’s dosed similarly to DES above.
I always suggest that a urinalysis be evaluated first to rule out a urinary tract infection first prior to starting a dog on drugs for this condition. And, there are other possible causes for leakage such as issues with the nerves originating from the spinal cord....but the most common explanation is going to be reduced sphincter tone because her estrogen levels are low (secondary to her being spayed).
I hope this helps. Deb