My family has a 14 yr old lhasa also-shitzu mix female who is going blind…

My family has a 14 yr old lhasa also-shitzu mix female who is going blind, has a history of lime disease, and has what I believe to be a few benign fatty tumors. She doesnt seem to be in any pain however and you would never guess her age by her behavior. She has had accidents her whole life but recently is peeing everywhere. She has a dog door that leads outside to a large pen with kitty litter and a tarp over it. Until recently the door had led to a path along the deck that led to the grass but she was peeing on the porch and ruining it. Since putting the cage there her accidents have become an all the time thing, whereas it used to be a maybe once or twice week thing. My family is fed up with this and are not willing to maintain a diaper for her and are thinking about putting her down. Personally I dont see how anyone could kill something that has been a part of the family for 14 years, over incontinence inconvenience. I would take her myself but my apartment does not allow dogs. Any suggestions? Willing to try anything.

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

The question is how much this is an actual bladder issue, and if so, how much it could be helped. Has she been evaluated by a veterinarian?

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

Hi Vicky. All other issues aside, since the two changes seem to coincide, I’d be looking for a connection there. Perhaps she doesn’t like the litter or doesn’t know that this is the potty place now. The solution in that case would be to go back to the drawing board with potty training and teach her to use the new place and/or match the new place more to what she is used to. That means pulling out the clicker and start potty training as if she was a new dog or a puppy. If she doesn’t like the litter, there… Read more »

Jana Rade
6 years ago

PS: also, did the location of the doggy door change? That might be a reason in itself …

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

That really does sound like a major lack of effort. As much as I hate to say that, perhaps re-homing her would be the best solution for her. She deserves better.

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

I think that seeing a vet would be a place to start to determine how much of this problem is medical and how much of it may or may not be from the potty place change.

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

Here is one article on incontinence.
http://dogkinetics.com/urinary-incontinence-weak-bladder-sphincter-problem

There is also such a thing as canine hospice care.

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

Has a vet taken a look at the eyes as well? Has she also been drinking a lot recently? Yes, I recommend a vet visit with a full work-up, please.

Article on hospice care
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/hospice-care-in-dogs/page1.aspx

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