Last year my sister moved and we inherited her pug who is around 9+ years, best guess. Over the past few months she has developed numbness in one of her back legs and it "gives out" every once in awhile. The vet examined her, had x-rays, blood work, etc. The vet does not see any specific problem and no serious issue found. She prescribed an anti-inflamatory and pain meds. The problem is, the dog has lost control of her bowels and now has urinary problems also. The dog stands up and just starts pooping. The peeing started recently. I really don't think she can tell that she needs to go outside. I'm at my wits end about how to handle her at this point. She is absolutely ruining our floors. She is spending more time outside now that the weather is better. But I just don't know what do do with her. Any advice?
Awww poor puggy! Could you try putting doggie diapers on her?
Have you spoken with your vet since her issues have progressed?
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Have you checked to see if she has a urinary infection???
My Solo lost control of his bowels at least 2 yrs before I lost him! I would take him outside and stick a thermometer up his rectum to cause him to go potty periodically....and had very few accidents after that! He always slept with me!!!
As for the urine....there are pills that can help if there is no infection. Proin! Also they have cute panties that you can get human liners for at the dollar store!
If she is having trouble walking....somewhere on line...there's a place that shows how to build a cart yourself for your dog!
Thank you for taking her in...and for taking good care of her!
Yes cornsilk, proin, DES and imipramine are all used to help with urinary incontinence. Corn Silk and proin are better than DES or imipramine.
She needs to be checked for a urinary tract infection right away.
As for the poop. A diet of raw food makes poops that are very small, dry and crumbly with little odor. A raw diet is a godsend for owners of incontinent dogs. It is also very good for her. Nature's Variety, Primal and Stella & Chewys are some good brands.
Make sure she is lean. If she is carrying extra weight it will make it harder on her back and joints, causing more problems.
DFW Pug Rescue is out there and a very good resource for advice and help with problems like this.
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Like Shaynapug, I have deal with senior pugs (Mei-Ling and Gooey for bowel) with chronic bowel and urinary incontinence. I took the proactive approach - took them out to do their business on a regular, frequent schedule. I used to joke that we pooped together - I would hold Mei-Ling over one arm while I "milked" her anus (I know, TMI!) until she pooped. I also fed raw so poops were firm and easy to clean up if there was an accident. For the urinating, I took them out regularly and frequently and, in the case of Mei-ling and Betsy, used doggy diapers.
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Hilary & the Pugpillow Gang: Rescues: Denver (10), Tina (7), Murdoch (5) and chihuahua puppy Maximus Spartacus. Always loving my angel-girl Mei-Ling (1994-2009), my cutie-patootie Kim-Soo (1995-2010), my precious Daisy-Bo (1998?-2006), my sweet boyfriend Jake (1997-2010), my little black beauty Betsy (1995-2010), my sweet old grumpy man Gooey (1996-2011), and my sweet gentleman Farnsworth (1998-2012) at the Bridge.
I'm feeding Brothers Complete Red Meat to my foster with back/back leg problems. This food gives him solid small poops like my raw feeders! They even turn ashy and crumble. Sometimes I give him some canned food too to give supplements and still the poop is small and formed.