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Dog Bladder Issues related to other Canine Birth Defects?

by Suzie
(North Port, FL)

I rescued a double merle sheltie that has a deformed eye on one side and limited vision in the other eye. He is also hearing impaired.


I was wondering if someone can tell me if these deformities could in some way be related to dog bladder or urinary deformities/malfunctions. He is house trained, but every once in awhile he seems to lose control of his bladder kind of randomly. I was thinking perhaps he has trouble holding his urine to do some related birth defect.

I know my niece has deformed hands and feet, and because your hands/feet develop in the first trimester, she also had some problems with her kidneys.

I was just wondering if something similar may be going on with my Cooper.

Editor Comments Regarding Related dog eye and Bladder problems

Dear Suzie,

Thank you for your question.

Dogs born with congenital defects are always prone to frequent health problems, which may be of any kind, related to any physiological system of the body ,and occur at any age, specifically at a younger age.

Also, the Mere Sheltie breed has a breeding problem, i.e. they are mostly born with congenital defects in the eyes. Similarly, along with congenital eye problems, this breed is more prone to defects in the physiology of connective tissues in any part of the body.

Therefore, it is possible that your pet that has congenital eye problems has also grown up with connective tissues and muscular problems. It should be remembered that there is no way to relate dog eye problems with the urinary system, except that in endocrinal problems (hormonal), the dog urinary system can be affected along with eye sight impairment.

It is only an assumption that a merle sheltie dog with congenital eye problems has other physiological problems as well, which are mostly related to a lack of muscular coordination, weakened immunity and endocrinal problems, such as hypothyroidism.

For now, it is recommended that you have your pet initially examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist, because many congenital eye problems are now curable, or at least the dog eye problem can be handled carefully before the eyes completely become functionless.

Along with this approach, a detailed examination of the canine urinary system and some tests such as urinalysis might be required to confirm any urinary tract and endocrinal problems.

The underlying urinary tract problem should be treated specifically along with required immune and overall health support; otherwise your poor pet may loss body condition rapidly in the coming years.

Here, we can recommend some natural remedies that can help to improve urinary bladder strength and overall urinary tract health. Additionally, you should regularly use an immune support supplement so that the chance of secondary problems that are triggered by the urinary problem are reduced. Specific products to consider include Better Bladder Control to support bladder and urinary system strength, UTI Free, to help protect against infection and to maintain urinary flow, and Immunity and Liver Support to support immune system function.

Remember, a dog born with congenital defects and that is exhibiting canine health problems like this one should be regularly examined by a veterinarian, at least twice in six (6) months.

These regular examinations help to reduce any chance of idiopathic health problems (health problems without a known cause), which continuously arise in such pets without any notable clinical/laboratory characteristics.

All the best to you and your dog. Please keep us up to date on the dog bladder condition.


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