male dog urinary incontinence

by Sue

Jake, male golden retriever, had been straining to defecate last summer (August) and the vet thought he had an enlarged prostate or infection. So we treated him with antibiotics and he got a little better.

In late January I noticed some dribbling of urine and he was urgent to go out first thing in the morning. Also, when he was peeing I noticed noises like he was passing gas but I think it was from his penis.

Beginning of February I came down in the morning and he stood up and urine just ran out of him. I went to the vet that day and she prescribed amoxicillan for urinary tract infection, took a blood test. Called me later and said he tested positive for Lyme Disease and I could swap the amoxicillan for doxycycline so I did.

We are 2 weeks into the Doxy and he is still urinating with no control. He is pooping a bit better, but still straining.

I am thinking I need an x ray or a different course of antibiotics for advanced lyme.

Would like to figure out what is causing the urinary incontinence and reverse it.

Any help would be appreciated.

Editor Suggestions Regarding Unirnary Problems Associated with Lyme Disease

Dear Sue,

I'm sorry to hear that Jake is experiencing these health issues. It sounds like he has been receiving appropriate medical care, but there may be additional steps that can be taken to help with his urinary incontinence.

Given Jake's history of urinary tract issues, it may be beneficial to have a urinalysis and urine culture performed to check for any lingering infections or other abnormalities. Additionally, an x-ray or ultrasound of his urinary tract could help identify any structural issues or signs of prostate enlargement.

It is possible that the Lyme disease could be contributing to Jake's urinary incontinence, as the infection can cause inflammation and damage to various organs and tissues in the body. However, it's important to note that incontinence can also be a side effect of certain medications, including antibiotics, so it's worth discussing this possibility with Jake's veterinarian.

There are also medications that can be prescribed to help manage urinary incontinence, such as phenylpropanolamine (PPA). Medications work by tightening the muscles around the bladder and urethra to help prevent urine leakage. Your veterinarian can provide more information and whether it is appropriate for Jake.

Let us know how Jack does.

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