How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Peter Your Own Question
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 32505
Experience:  16 years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Dr. Peter is online now

Difficulty passing urine,arches back sometimes wet floor in

This answer was rated:

Difficulty passing urine,arches back sometimes wet floor in the morning.Our dog is 15 years and 6 months.she started to have real difficulty walking today and hasn't eaten or drank anything today.unsure what to do
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is the urine involuntarily coming out while she is sleeping?
2- Is she on any medications?
3- Any pre existing medical conditions?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Not when sleeping she gets to the door and leaves a small puddle,this is very she is having trouble walking my husband had to carry her pre existing medical problems.She hasn't eaten or drank today
1- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
2- How much does she weigh?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No vomiting or diarrhoea .last time she was weighed she was just under 11 kgs,she has been around this weight for a few years now. She doesn't have a cough.seems to get up on front legs but trouble with back

I took your advice and she is currently at the vets having her bladder scanned as she started to pass blood.Thank you for your help

Marilyn, the symptoms that you are describing in Molly are consistent with neuromuscular disorders like arthritis, a pinched nerve along the back as a result of a bulging disc or both. It is very common when dogs are having gait problems to urinate in the house or even have episodes of urinary incontinence.
The best option for Molly is to have her examined by family veterinarian to start her on prescription arthritis medication like Rimadyl. This is going to make her feel much better and as a result improve her gait by decreasing the inflammation. In the meantime, begin to supplement with Glucosamine/chrondroitin (cosequin) daily at label dose; you can buy glucosamine over the counter in any pet store.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter and other Dog Specialists are ready to help you